Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Welcome to Anatomy of Nonfiction

We have a new title, but the same focus.  Our goal is to shine a light on quality nonfiction for children and to explore what a nonfiction writer does.  Changing the blog name coincides with the release of my new book, Anatomy of Nonfiction : Writing True Stories for Children. My co-author Margery Facklam and I spent years creating this book, which is filled with our own experiences as well as the advice of dozens of other writers and editors.  It is the culmination of more than 70 years of combined experience in publishing.  We didn't hold back.  Hopefully, you will learn from our mistakes, our lucky breaks, and what we have learned about the business, about writing, and what it takes to succeed in today's market place.  Those tips and stories will also appear in this blog from time to time, too.   

I think writing true stories is one of the most rewarding and fascinating ways to earn a pay check -- even if it is a meager one.  I can't think of many other jobs where you are constantly learning new things that you can share with others.  My favorite quote about writing nonfiction is from  author John M. Wilson who said:

"Nonfiction writing is a state of mind, a way of life...a key that can open many doors, an introduction to fascinating people, a guide to wonderful adventures...a way to reach out to readers and to the world." 

So, join us on this adventure.  I hope to introduce you to some talented writers, point you in the direction of some fascinating adventures and provide tips from me and others about writing for children. 

Anatomy of Nonfiction is available at www.writersbookstore.com and Amazon.