I don't have much time on here but will try to address the questions quickly... feel free to PM me or ask more question on this thread. (I actually came on here for another writing related question in a different genre)
Originally Posted by Tangled Hill
I'd love to pick your brains about how you approach writing book-length nonfiction. I've done lots of articles in the past (and lots of longer papers in college, if you want to go back that far), but this is my first foray into something longer.
I've been doing the notecard thing for the past few months, and I've just started venturing into the outline stage. It's really helping me see what's missing and where I need to focus my attention. I know there are other ways to plan/pre-write/whatnot, and I'd love to hear your suggestions, mamas!!
To be honest I jumped right into non-fiction because I like long-term projects, the money is more worth while and honestly because the deadlines allow more wiggle room than most articles. Also non-fiction isn't so long when it is actually broken down into small chunks. It is completely possible to write and sell book length non-fiction the key is having a marketable idea and an established
platform to sell your book of topic.
I only do notecards (story boards) for fiction endeavors because items and elements of the story often end up moved and cut all together, with non-fiction I go directly to the outline stage and often have several revisions of the outline & chapter summaries.
One thing to realize with non-fiction (if it's aimed or selling to NY publishers) is you are actually not
writing the book you are writing (and polishing) a non-fiction book proposal to submit to agents and publishers in hopes of selling your book. Then after it is sold the editorial department at the publishing house will give feedback on your "detailed table of contents and chapter summaries" (which is really simply a detailed outline) after that point you write the book.
As a new mom my time was precious so I teamed up with a co-author for my non-fiction I do all the writing but, my co-author has a stellar platform and it has worked wonderful for us thus far.
My suggestions for steps to take would be to read Nonfiction Book Proposals That Sell I think the authors last name is Lyons.
Good luck!!!! It's a fun journey.