Writer's Guide to Nonfiction

Writer's Guide to Nonfiction


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Writer's Guide to Nonfiction by Elizabeth Lyon

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:



Getting 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



Learning to Market

Map a successful cover letter, query letter, or proposal, and discover a four-step process to facilitate publication and sales



Refining Your Vision

Brainstorm to gain perspective on your writing—and how it fits with your values, goals, and dreams


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780399528675
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/04/2003
Series: Writer's Compass Series
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 834,546
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.64(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Lyon, a regular speaker at writing conferences and retreats nationwide, has been a contributor to Writer’s Digest and is a mentor, editor, and teacher for many writers. The author of Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody Can Write and The Sell Your Novel Toolkit, she lives in Eugene, Oregon.

Table of Contents

A Writer's Guide to NonfictionAcknowledgments
North: Getting Your Bearings
1. What Do I Want to Say?
2. Who Are My Readers?
3. What Form Can My Writing Take?
4. How Can I Refine My Idea?
5. How Do I Begin?
6. How Do I Develop the Middle?
7. How Can I End Well?
8. Writing About People
9. Writing About Ideas
10. Writing About Things
11. Writing About Places

South: Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
12. Troubleshooting and Problem Solving

East: Your Rising Star
13. Learning How to Market

West: Refining Your Vision
14. Exploring New Horizons

ABout the Author

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A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction (Writer's Compass Series) 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Elizabeth Lyon's books are must buys for any wanna be writers. I owe the sale of my first book to Elizabeth and her books - they helped me create a polished, professional looking proposal which sold quickly. Elizabeth is a very practical, down to earth writer, and her easy to understand instructions are much better than most other how to write books. With the help of her books I was able to write the perfect proposal, and I'll be using my copy of A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction when I write my next book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Besides providing a well-organized overview of all aspects of nonfiction writing, A Writer's Guide to Nonfiction covers specific techniques for particular types of writing--such as memoir, self-help, travel--then breaks these categories into subcategories, and suggests the most likely organizing scheme for each. In another section, the book discusses the most important aspects of marketing, such as writing query letters, and provides examples. There are practical tips on every page of this straighforward guide. Every struggling writer needs a copy. For a teacher of nonfiction writing, this is the perfect textbook.