So You Want to Write About American Indians?: A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars

So You Want to Write About American Indians?: A Guide for Writers, Students, and Scholars

by Devon Abbott Mihesuah
     
 


So You Want to Write about American Indians? is the first of its kind—an indispensable guide for anyone interested in writing and publishing a novel, memoir, collection of short stories, history, or ethnography involving the Indigenous peoples of the United States. In clear language illustrated with examples—many from her ownSee more details below

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So You Want to Write about American Indians? is the first of its kind—an indispensable guide for anyone interested in writing and publishing a novel, memoir, collection of short stories, history, or ethnography involving the Indigenous peoples of the United States. In clear language illustrated with examples—many from her own experiences—Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbott Mihesuah explains the basic steps involved with writing about American Indians.
 
So You Want to Write about American Indians? provides a concise overview of the different types of fiction and nonfiction books written about Natives and the common challenges and pitfalls encountered when writing each type of book. Mihesuah presents a list of ethical guidelines to follow when researching and writing about Natives, including the goals of the writer, stereotypes to avoid, and cultural issues to consider. She also offers helpful tips for developing ideas and researching effectively, submitting articles to journals, drafting effective book proposals, finding inspiration, contacting an editor, polishing a manuscript, preparing a persuasive résumé or curriculum vitae, coping with rejection, and negotiating a book contract.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780803282988
Publisher:
UNP - Bison Books
Publication date:
04/28/2005
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
164
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

Table of Contents

1Think on these things first1
2Stereotypes and other mistakes17
3Getting started with a project and staying with it31
4Writing nonfiction48
5Writing fiction62
6Ethics in research and writing74
7Editing your work81
8Submitting your work to journals87
9Submitting your work to a book publisher97
10The contract and the second wait while your manuscript becomes a book127
App. ACreating your curriculum vitae and resume137
App. BSuggestions for writing a book review157

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