Nonfiction How-to

How to Write a Nonfiction Query Letter

by Emilee Newman Bowles and Lindsay Flanagan The query letter. It’s your audition, your one shot at piquing an agent’s or editor’s interest so they want to see more. And it either thrills you to the tips of your fingers to write it or scares you to your very core. We’re guessing it’s the latter,…

Writing a Nonlinear Timeline

by Emilee Newman Bowles with Angela Eschler, Adrianne Montoya, and Lindsay Flanagan Have you ever thought about time travel? What if we said it’s possible—well, sort of. We don’t have a DeLorean, and we’re not sure falling through Stonehenge can take you back in time, but we do have a pretty awesome literary device to…

Nonfiction Cover Design—Must Knows & Nots

by Brian Halley with Mike Nash Book-cover design is about getting the reader’s attention (hooking them) and then reeling them in with promises about what transformative and/or emotionally and intellectually exciting experiences they’ll get from the book. If it’s narrative nonfiction (a memoir or biography or immersion-journalism experience), you want striking images and titles that…

Choosing Your Nonfiction Book Title

by Marla Buttars Titles, as we mentioned in the previous blog about fiction titles, are an important marketing tool. Both nonfiction and fiction titles serve as an immediate hook for readers searching for certain content, whether it be a good romance, a book about the law of thermodynamics, or something to help them improve their…

I Wrote 25K Words in Less Than Three Days

And You Can Do It Too! by Rachelle J. Christensen I just returned from a fabulous writing retreat where I killed my writing goals, and I can’t wait to tell you about the simple methods I used to write 25,000 words, or roughly 120 double-spaced pages, in two and a half days! There are three…