Writing a Nonfiction Book: How to prepare your work for publication (Successful Writing)
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A step-by-step guide for the would-be author. The book describes how to collect factual information and structure it into chapters, how to find the right publisher, how to sell your concept of the book to the publishing company, and how to promote sales to the public.
too. And publishers of paperback biographies include one or more sections of pictures to boost their sales. The subjects of some non-fiction books do not lend themselves to the inclusion of pictures. In spite of this, many books benefit by using illustrations of a different kind. Graphs, tables, diagrams and questionnaires are all illustrations. So are words and figures that show how principles apply in practice. The case studies in this book show you one way of using word pictures. If
chapters you will need to allocate any residual parts of them to other chapters. Before starting to alter the book, you need to allocate each item on your list to the place where it should appear in the book. To facilitate this, you could number each item and make a chart (see Figure 13). List the chapters and sections of the book in sequence down the side and provide space for entering the numbers of the items of information alongside the appropriate places. Chapter Section
page-setting errors, and adds correction marks. These are in a standard form and used in accordance with a standard procedure registered with the British Standards Institution. You can see a copy in the Writers' & Artists' Yearbook. Your Proofreading Role Photocopies of the marked pages will be sent to you for further correction. The proofreader may not have been asked to compare the proofs with your text. Finding any departure from what you wrote Page 86 usually depends on
your book, but you might help them if you mentioned some facet of your life that they are unaware of. Getting a Plug Do you know a leading light in something connected with your subject? If your book is about steam trains, do you know somebody who helps on the Bluebell Line? If it is about cricket, do you know a member of your local county cricket club? If you have written about a notorious crime of the past, do you know a former senior CID officer? Whatever your subject may be,
briefly, and sort the cards into heaps. The activity of allocating each card to one heap or another will help to clarify the subject in your mind. Page 30 If you prefer some other way of rough-sorting your data into handy groups, by all means use it. Using a Logical Sequence The next task is deciding which group of data should come first, which second and so on. Your book should lead a reader through the subject in a way that he or she will be able to follow easily. If readers