When publishing a book, the genre it falls into can make a major difference in the process. Non-fiction books can be simpler to publish but they do present a few challenges you shouldn’t overlook. If you’re interested, the following are a few simple tips for non-fiction publishing that can help you out:
1. Always Get a Professional Editor
If you’re writing your first non-fiction book, a professional editor will play a major role. Pick someone who understands the genre and is also familiar with non-fiction publishing requirements. An experienced editor will also make your writing process easier.
They can identify mistakes and help you overcome many challenges in non-fiction writing. Their knowledge can prove to be invaluable in helping you create content that is true to your story and appeals to the readers as well.
2. Make Sure You Have Permission
With writing, it is impossible to not draw inspiration from real life people and scenarios. If you must include them, always ask for permission from this person. This is an important step in fiction and non-fiction publishing. This ensures that any issues relating to libel, improper representation and more are easily sorted out before the book is released.
A big example of this can be seen in Caitlyn Jenner’s tell-all novel, “The Secrets of My Life.” The book showed the Kardashian family in a negative light. The Kardashian’s also claimed that Caitlyn published a version of the book which had not been shared with them. It ended up creating a feud that has still not been completely resolved.
3. Check for Accuracy
If you are including descriptions of locations, events that have happened in the past and more, you shouldn’t always rely on your memory. Sure, your emotions of that incident might make the event more poignant for you but do your research first. In non-fiction publishing, checking the facts to make sure that you are only including accurate ones is a necessity.
For example: The Great Depression started in 1929 when the stock market crashed. A similar stock market crash also happened in 2008. Confusion between the two historical events is a major error that will create confusion for readers and ruin the credibility of your book.
4. Use Both Formats - Paperbacks and eBooks
Many people gravitate towards paperbacks for non-fiction publishing. However, don’t skip on eBooks or even Audiobooks. These two formats are becoming increasingly popular, particularly among older, busy readers nowadays.
EBooks and Audiobooks also have increased flexibility in terms of shareability. You can also link them to your website, your social media pages and incorporate them into your online marketing scheme with ease.
With these tips, you should be able to write and publish a non-fiction book in next to no time!
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