A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction
A WRITER’S COMPASSDirection 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:
NORTHGetting 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
Use checklists and guidelines to spot weaknesses and problems in leads, organization, conclusions, and style—and find out how to correct them
EASTLearning to Market
Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales
WESTRefining Your Vision
Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - TCWriter - LibraryThing
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 nonfictionUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
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
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Who Are My Readers?
What Form Can My Writing Take?
How Can I Refine My Idea?
How Do I Begin?
How Do I Develop the Middle?
How Can I End Well?
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