Autobiography? Biography? Hobby? Profession? Health? Educational guides? Etc…
The list of non-fiction and lifestyle possibilities is wide and varied. We are happy to consider any non-diction or lifestyle text with the caveat that it must be original, appealing, articulate and coherent.
Often the compilation of texts in this category can be very problematic. Whilst with fiction it is possible to direct and shape events, characters, speech, locations, non-fiction requires a different form of narrative control.
The key to successful non-fiction is as much about what is left out as what is included. Our editorial team is experienced and skilled at supporting writers in a sensitive and appropriate manner in order to enable the optimum end product.
Key things to note when writing non-fiction are what is narrative and what is discussion. Separating the two enables a clarity for readers to access the content. One of the most difficult things for writers of non-fiction is to see the wood from the trees. It is important to remember that your readers are probably not as experienced or knowledgeable as you and will not leap to the conclusions that you anticipate. Equally, as with fiction, non-fiction requires the ability to guide the reader gently so that he is neither overwhelmed nor patronised. Show rather than tell is great mantra.
Consider how you will market your book. Does it have a specialist audience? How will you access that audience? In some ways non-fiction is much easier to promote, as there are there are likely to be specific interest groups for your book. It is worth researching your marketplace thoroughly and contacting specialist groups or successful authors in this area whilst you are writing so you can benefit from their experience, as well as whet appetites in advance of publication. It may be that your particular topic is very current and ongoing research or argument is prevalent and you should consider how to include this to promote the shelf life of your text.