Nonfiction writing is not simply something you do while waiting to finish your novel. This group is for non-fiction writers of all types including journalists, pundits, business people and memoir writers. Anyone who loves to write, read, represent or edit things that are factual will find a home here. 

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"Write the Perfect Book Proposal"

The nonfiction book proposal is a necessary tool for anyone hoping to publish. It helps you create a blueprint and gives you something to send to a prospective agent or editor. It affords you the opportunity to submit your work without needing a full manuscript. If you choose to self-publish or go the indie route it is still important to master this process. The more you think through your book and your marketing plans the better. 

We are happy to announce the newest edition of the bestselling "Write the Perfect Book Proposal." This is our third edition and it is hot off the press. There are many additions to the book including addressing the changes in the publishing industry and methods of accessing the internet to build your writing platform. 

Click on the cover to order the book. 

Discussion Forum

What do you like the least about writing a book proposal?

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Do authors have a responsiblity towards readers of today?

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There seems to be a worldwide recognition of the fact that the education standard in most countries has dropped, or at least that there seems to be a glitch in the high school education system.  Do…Continue

Promote Your Book: Links to Bloggers Who Interview Authors

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Comment by Joan Diehl on February 17, 2012 at 8:45pm

Does anyone know what an agent means when she mentions the need to raise the editorial standard of a book?

Comment by Claudia Gere on January 17, 2012 at 9:16am

I’m just getting started here at WAE and hesitate to promote this so last minute but there are seats left in my webinar series for aspiring nonfiction authors: Be An Author, which starts tomorrow (1/18, 2pm or 7pm). Sign up now to write a great book in 2012!

I envision a world where all aspiring nonfiction authors can write a book that shares their experience and knowledge to improve others' lives. I believe there are many different ways to write a great book, and I'm committed to helping you find your best way. By joining me, you're moving closer to writing your book and sharing your gifts with the world. 

Comment by Claudia Gere on January 16, 2012 at 9:44pm

Interesting article on ebook pricing…the Amazon Kindle way, the Kindle way-plus, and the stacking way. Paul Wolfe shows how adding value can up the price…or how you can use an ebook to up-sell. It's making me rethink my ebook pricing strategy. 

Comment by Scott Martin on January 16, 2012 at 3:12pm

Patience. Persistence. They seem to be equally important in getting a book published.

Comment by Joan Diehl on January 15, 2012 at 7:52pm

Thanks, Scott, for your advice. I should have mentioned in my initial comment that I have been careful about sending queries to agents who might be interested in this type of story. I can't count the very kind rejections that say it's not a perfect fit for their list but to keep writing and good luck. Helps a lot. Right? Anyway, I'll keep trying.

Comment by Scott Martin on January 15, 2012 at 6:20pm

Joan, Two great resources for you are Agent Query (see Dave Kropp's comment) and Query Tracker. Both allow you to specify criteria for finding potential agents that specialize in your area. What ever you do, don't sit back and wait for the answer -- Find it!

Comment by Joan Diehl on January 15, 2012 at 5:05pm

Is there an agent or publisher out there who's interested in a memoir about the Vietnam era? My completed manuscript, a description of which is located on the Pitch Fest page, tells what life was like for a mother of five when her husband had to serve in that war.

Comment by Jack Teague on January 4, 2012 at 12:03pm

I have three non-fiction projects in various states of completion. 

One is a photo-essay, biographical work tentatively entitled, “A Part of Them Forever: Hemingway’s Last Journey”.  It is pictorial recreation of Ernest Heminway’s last trip from Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was hospitalized in the Mayo Clinic, to his home in Ketcham, Idaho.  The route traverses some of the most picturesque scenery to be found in America in a nearly timeless region that permits the vicarious traveler to view the sights likely seen by the Hemingway party in 1961.  The narrative offers details about Hemingway in that phase of his life and compares-contrasts the contemporary journey versus theirs.  This project formulated for me while researching a speculative screenplay adaptation I wrote based upon Hemingway’s autobiographical work, “A Moveable Feast”.

The second project is a non-fiction book relating the impacts of some environmental factors on human health based upon my experiences in the course of a twenty-three year career in the field of Environmental Health with Florida’s Public Health Agency.  The purpose of the work is to describe scientific issues in lay language so a general audience may understand them.  However, as currently planned, there will be sufficient technical/scientific information to enable the use of the work as a textbook in college level instruction.  The material often crosses a wide set of disciplines including engineering, chemistry, biology, law and sociology, frequently including some fascinating true glimpses into human behavior.  In the course of my environmental health career, I published several articles on these topics in professional journals and magazines and they will serve as a basis for some chapters.  What inspired me to undertake this project was recognition that the primary job of environmental health professionals is education and that we sometimes did that poorly.  Also, I found, as I began my career, that often what had seemed abstract academic matter from the classroom suddenly had very real world application.  I believe the use of this work as a text may have enough entertainment value as well to help students absorb more mundane technical information.

The third project is an illustrated, autobiographical non-fiction work that chronicles my journey to becoming a saltwater fishing guide in the Key West/Lower Florida Keys area.  Tentatively entitled, “A Wet Hook: The Making of a Key West Charter Captain”, it includes a collection of the experiences that lead me to the goal of becoming a fishing guide as well as columns and articles I’ve written about fishing in the Keys that will serve as a basis for parts of the work.  I was inspired by the almost universal declaration from clients who’ve stepped aboard my boats, “I want your job”, and the same litany of requests, “What’s the biggest fish you’ve caught or had caught?”, “What’s the most interesting experience you’ve had with a charter?”, etc.  It is the tale of fulfilling the fantasy of every die hard angler – to be able to do it for a living.

Seeking an agent or publisher for any or all of them.

Comment by Sandy Steele on January 3, 2012 at 11:09am

I just joined this group. I've written a couple of best sellers about celebrities and sports stars. For more info on my books go to

Warmest Regards,



Comment by Sophia Paul on January 3, 2012 at 10:40am

I was inspired to write my book actually through my yoga students in college. Our text book has a woman on the cover who has her foot behind her ear and a lot of my "kids" were intimidated by that as they said they could never do that. I heard that comment for years, every semester and the same to some new students that came to my studio. So I decided to wrtie a book about what yoga REALLY is all about, it turned out into some kind of a memoir, as i am talking about how I got into yoga and how it transformed my life, especially through some very challenging events.


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