Writing and submitting commercial nonfiction can be tricky because the industry norms for nonfiction differ from the more familiar practices related to fiction, especially in relation to preparing a proposal for submission to agents or editors, and writing the dreaded query letter. In nonfiction, you have to be prepared to market yourself as an expert in the area and know how to incorporate your expertise into your marketing and submission materials.
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There are also a number of different nonfiction genres, some of which are more academic or scholarly than others and some of which are more like fiction (e.g. memoir and narrative nonfiction). This workshop will explore: identifying the best nonfiction genre for you; how to convince an agent/editor that you are the best person to write the book; the contents of a submission package (proposal, query letter, and draft chapters); the marketing platforms you should have in place before you send out your proposal; finding your nonfiction voice; how to structure your nonfiction manuscript.
Participants will be given reading and writing assignments relevant to each topic. While not required reading, participants may like to have access to a copy of Susan Rabiner and Alfred Fortunato, Thinking Like Your Editor, W.W. Norton, 2002.
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