Really Useful Links for Tackling Non-Fiction by Paul Anthony Shortt

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Paul Anthony Shortt

As a novelist, most of my focus here has been on helping other authors of fiction. However, the market for non-fiction can be quite exciting, if you’ve got a topic people want to hear about. Whether it’s self-help or history, education or personal interest, non-fiction remains a staple of the publishing world. It can be rewarding to share your enthusiasm and experience on a subject, but how best to do it?

  1. Nine Things You Need To Know – Joanna Penn helps you hit the ground running with this list of starting advice.
  2. Eight Essential Elements of a Non-Fiction Book Proposal – Unlike writing fiction, where you finish the book and then submit it to agents and publishers, unless you intend to self-publish, your non-fiction  doesn’t have to be complete before you pitch it to a publisher. A proposal and three chapters is often enough to get you the contract. This guide gives you the information you need to get your proposal right.
  3. So You Want To Write a Cookery Book – Cook books are one of the most popular kinds of non-fiction in the world. Do you have experience with a particular type of ethnic food? Do you have dietary restrictions and have had to develop recipes you could share with others in a similar situation? Have you dug out an old family recipe book and would love to pass it on? Follow this advice to make sure you’re putting together the best set of instructions you can.
  4. Creative Non-Fiction – Another hugely popular area of non-fiction is retelling actual events. Memoirs, biographies, histories, and literary journalism are all major genres of non-fiction. This article gives some advise on how to make real events read like a novel.
  5. Tips For Writing Book Reviews – It’s not just whole books that can provide opportunities in the non-fiction arena. Book reviews are an essential part of the publishing world, and by following these tips, you can be a part of that.
  6. 25 Tips to Make You a Better Non-Fiction Writer – To wrap up, here’s a set of guidelines to help you grow and improve as an overall non-fiction writer. Some of these also make solid advice for writers of fiction, as well.

(c) Paul Anthony Shortt

About the author

Paul Anthony Shortt believes in magic and monsters; in ghosts and fairies, the creatures that lurk under the bed and inside the closet. The things that live in the dark, and the heroes who stand against them. Above all, he believes that stories have the power to change the world, and the most important stories are the ones which show that monsters can be beaten.
Paul’s work includes the Memory Wars Trilogy and the Lady Raven Series. His short fiction has appeared in the Amazon #1 bestselling anthology, Sojourn Volume 2.

Website: http://www.paulanthonyshortt.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pashortt

Twitter: @PAShortt

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