THE WRITING AND SELLING OF NON-FICTION by Paul R. Reynolds

THE WRITING AND SELLING OF NON-FICTION

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Here is a must book for all writers-in-training--defined as those who have sold occasionally but are not yet steadily marketed,-or grounded in essentials. Paul Reynolds deals in essentials in his expert's view of the general nonfiction field, the creative production and marketing of both articles and books. He stresses the necessity for a theme-idea in article writing, shows how to develop and research one, how to outline, revise (there are sixteen pointer questions, each analyzed), notes the need to write good English and what to watch for, and how to approach the market. On to books and their difficult differences, and the need for an idea, a unity, an organization that will carry throughout a piece 60,000 words or more. He reviews the market, pointing out the role of publisher and agent, the odds as to financial gains and losses, and non-financial rewards as well. Notes on types of books to be written, facts on contracts and royalties are here. Mr. Reynold's words on writing: ""The biggest factor in success is to learn one's trade and then indulge in that old-fashioned virtue of hard work over a long and continued period of time."" A prominent literary agent, author of The Writer and His Markets and The Writing Trade, he is here to help, with the most pertinent advice, particularly editorial, that we have seen.

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday