A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction

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Penguin, 2003 - Reference - 225 pages
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A WRITER’S COMPASS

Direction for your writing career

Don’t get lost on the publishing path. Just forge ahead with the Writer’s Compass. Drawing on decades of professional experience as an author, editor, writing instructor, mentor, and marketing consultant, Elizabeth Lyon helps you navigate the art and craft of writing—with clear, easy-to-follow directions:

 

NORTH

Getting Your Bearings

Understand your purpose and your audience; learn to refine your ideas, select effective titles, and find the best method of organization for any piece

 

SOUTH

Troubleshooting

Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them

 

EAST

Learning to Market

Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales

 

WEST

Refining Your Vision

Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams

 

 

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An excellent overview of the writing world for newer writers, but not much here for those with experience. Lyons writes clearly about the markets and the nuts and bolts of different forms of writing, making it a great college textbook. Read full review

A writer's guide to nonfiction

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Lyon (Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write) here has an ambitious agenda, aiming to cover what nonfiction is and how to write it, the various types of nonfiction (from essays and memoirs to ... Read full review

Contents

What Do I Want to Say?
3
Who Are My Readers?
18
What Form Can My Writing Take?
24
How Can I Refine My Idea?
38
How Do I Begin?
47
How Do I Develop the Middle?
67
How Can I End Well?
80
Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
159
Learning How to Market
185
Exploring New Horizons
211
Index
220
About the Author
226
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About the author (2003)

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

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