Category Archives: non-fiction

-The first stages of non-fiction book development

When starting a non-fiction book, your first step is to come up with a great idea for the book. Make sure it is broad enough to write a whole book about it. And, on the other hand, ensure that it … Continue reading

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Making the most of criticism

One of the most difficult parts of being a writer is learning to get the most out of criticism. I remember the first critique group I attended. I wanted them so badly to say how wonderful my rotten novel was.  … Continue reading

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Style Sheet for Non-Fiction

Way back when…. before the painting challenge started, I wrote a post on Style Sheet for Fiction.  I intended to write the non-fiction companion post right away, but once I started painting cats, they took over the month.  So… it’s … Continue reading

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Submitting nonfiction. Use an agent?

Before you write…. it’s good to know what agents do and to start considering whether you want to use one for your nonfiction work. You can make this decision early on if you have a full outline and a solid … Continue reading

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Publishing Advantages to Writing Nonfiction

I write both fiction and nonfiction, so I don’t have a bias here. I just thought that before you write, you might like to know how I see the ease of publishing falling in the debate of fiction vs nonfiction. … Continue reading

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Books similar to yours…

Some authors don’t like to read books similar to theirs. I feel it’s important to read and study everything out there that might be considered your competition before you write. Don’t be afraid to compare your book to others. When … Continue reading

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The voice makes a difference in non-fiction as well

We often talk about voice in fiction, but equal attention should be given to voice in non-fiction. In fact, if you give your non-fiction a voice appropriate to your topic, you will increase the odds that readers will stick with … Continue reading

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