Anatomy of Nonfiction
By Margery Facklam and Peggy Thomas
Featuring the insights of 73 writers, editors, publishers
With more than 600 quotations and references to books and articles that illustrate nonfiction techniques, Anatomy of Nonfiction uses the insights of 73 children’s writers, editors, publishers, and librarians.
The book features professional instructions for the step-by-step development of nonfiction articles and books, including history, biography, science and nature, how-to, self-help, and more.
Anatomy of Nonfiction not only shows you how to generate ideas but it also gives you techniques for capturing them, ways to keep ideas until you need them, the five best places to hunt for ideas, and two never-fail sources for practical ideas in everyone’s backyard.
It also describes how some magazine editors keep close tabs on school curricula to make sure that the manuscripts they buy from freelance writers are appropriate in content and reading level to the magazine’s audience, and gives you a clear guide to first-, third-, fifth-, and eighth-grade curricula, the growing market for curricula fillers, tips on seasonal material for magazines, and sources for inside information on what editors are currently looking for, based on actual interviews. Then it follows it up with specific word-count requirements and subject areas for preschool (0-5), elementary (5 to 8), middle-grade (8-12), and young adult (12-18) readers—plus nine different ways to reach your readers.
Anatomy of Nonfiction is a working guide you’ll never part with. You’ll rely on it for everything from creating a working title to completing your end papers, and each of the eight steps in between, whether you’re writing biography, how-to, self-help, or science and nature pieces. What you already know about writing—plus this hands-on guide—will lead you straight to publication.