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How To Write Winning Non-Fiction: The Complete Writing and Publishing Handbook for Non-Fiction Authors Paperback – 19 Feb 2010
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However, when 'How To Write Winning Non-Fiction' arrived in the post I was hugely disappointed. The look and feel of the book is very amateurish; it's main drawbacks are a badly designed cover and the font being printed on bright white paper.
What's written in the book isn't much better. I wanted tips on how to plan, produce and market a non-fiction text. Instead, there are several plugs for other books (also by the same publisher - surprise, surprise!) which the author explains will clarify certain points, like marketing, in more detail.
The final nail in the coffin comes when the author (who is Canadian) discusses the use of British and American English in non-fiction. Her opinion is that 'check' (American English) is better than 'cheque' (British English), because the spelling is more closely associated with how it sounds. Talk about a dumbing down of standards. I'll keep with British English and all its pecularities thank you very much!
I also felt that the recommended websites and contacts in the book's appendices were geared to an American audience. It's clear that the author and publisher want this book to sell in international markets but it comes at the expense of alienating first-time British writers. Most of us would be happy selling books in Britain before branching out into Europe and the rest of the world.
I sent this back and bought Jurgen Wolff's writing guide: Your Writing Coach: From Concept to Character, from Pitch to Publication - Everything You Need to Know About Writing Novels, Non-fiction, New Media, Scripts and Short Stories. It's well-written, professionally published and best of all, a third cheaper than this book.
Avoid this sloppy, expensive and poor quality non-fiction guide at all costs.
A real resource you will reuse time and again, read notes in and leave bookmarks in for reference! A great tool to save time and stress on your book writing projects. Yet another winner from Suze :-)