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

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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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Editorial Reviews

Roundup Magazine
“Directed toward anyone writing about the Indigenous peoples of the United States, Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbot Mihesuah explains step by step how to do it. . . .This is as informative and interesting a book on writing as I have read in a long time. I recommend it unreservedly.”—Roundup Magazine
ForeWord Magazine
"The text is exceptionally informative, and the author's extensive credentials add credibility to her voice. . . . Most impressive about this text is the author's clarity and information about confusing issues . . . This is both a handy guide and an informative text for readers and writers of Native studies."—ForeWord Magazine
ForeWord Magazine

"The text is exceptionally informative, and the author's extensive credentials add credibility to her voice. . . . Most impressive about this text is the author's clarity and information about confusing issues . . . This is both a handy guide and an informative text for readers and writers of Native studies."—ForeWord Magazine

Roundup Magazine

“Directed toward anyone writing about the Indigenous peoples of the United States, Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbot Mihesuah explains step by step how to do it. . . .This is as informative and interesting a book on writing as I have read in a long time. I recommend it unreservedly.”—Roundup Magazine

Roundup Magazine

“Directed toward anyone writing about the Indigenous peoples of the United States, Choctaw scholar and writer Devon Abbot Mihesuah explains step by step how to do it. . . .This is as informative and interesting a book on writing as I have read in a long time. I recommend it unreservedly.”

ForeWord Magazine

"The text is exceptionally informative, and the author's extensive credentials add credibility to her voice. . . . Most impressive about this text is the author's clarity and information about confusing issues . . . This is both a handy guide and an informative text for readers and writers of Native studies."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803282988
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 164
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Devon Abbott Mihesuah is a professor of applied Indigenous studies and history at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Indigenous American Women: Decolonization, Empowerment, Activism and the coeditor of Indigenizing the Academy: Transforming Scholarship and Empowering Communities, both published by the University of Nebraska Press.

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Table of Contents

1 Think on these things first 1
2 Stereotypes and other mistakes 17
3 Getting started with a project and staying with it 31
4 Writing nonfiction 48
5 Writing fiction 62
6 Ethics in research and writing 74
7 Editing your work 81
8 Submitting your work to journals 87
9 Submitting your work to a book publisher 97
10 The contract and the second wait while your manuscript becomes a book 127
App. A Creating your curriculum vitae and resume 137
App. B Suggestions for writing a book review 157
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