Telling the Story
How to Write and Sell Narrative NonfictionBook - 2003
A comprehensive guide to creating narrative nonfiction explains how to create factual accounts with style and creative flair, discussing the process of research, writing, and editing material that has the potential for commercial success, and offers practical advice on how to get a work published. Original. 15,000 first printing.
Name some books that have been huge bestsellers over the years -- In Cold Blood; All the President's Men; The Hot Zone; The Perfect Storm; Black Hawk Down; Longitude -- and you'll find they have one thing in common: They read like novels, but they are true stories. They fall into a category now called "narrative nonfiction" -- the novel of true events.
These books seize upon an untold or barely told incident and pry it apart. They search for a way to understand in the microcosm of the story more about the macrocosm of our world -- who we are and why we do the things we do, while at the same time giving us a riveting story.
In Telling the Story author and literary agent Peter Rubie, a former BBC Radio and Fleet Street journalist, provides guidance and practical advice on how best to meld careful journalistic research with narrative writing techniques. Filled with insights and interviews with authors, agents, and editors such as Mark Bowden, Jon Krakauer, Jonathan Galassi (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), Peter Gethers (Random House), George Gibson (Walker & Co.), and Jack Hart (The Oregoinian), this is the essential guide to writing this hot new genre.
Some of the best selling novels over the years including In Cold Blood, All the President's Men, and Black Hawk Down have something in common: they are true stories. This book teaches writers how to blend journalistic research with narrative techniques to produce works of nonfiction that read like novels. Rubie (a former BBC journalist) covers researching, writing, and selling narrative nonfiction; finding a subject; creating the skeleton of a book; and dealing with proposals, agents, and self-promotion. The book includes insight and interviews from top authors, agents, and editors including Peter Gethers (Random House) and Jack Hart (The Oregonian). Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)