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Saturday, May 6 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
7B: 7 Key Questions You Need to Answer to Successfully Publish Your Nonfiction Book FILLING
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It’s a truism by now that it’s harder than ever to get books published. But if you’re writing narrative nonfiction, self-help, or memoir, do you really have to be Bruce Springsteen or the Dalai Lama to beat the odds? No—truth is, agents and editors are eager for great nonfiction stories because they sell. In this session, we’ll address seven key questions that will improve your likelihood of finding success. In so doing, we’ll look at what understanding your readers (and how to reach them) really entails. We’ll see why it’s important to have one main conflict or theme, and what that means in terms of developing an entire book. We’ll ask ourselves: “So what?,” and discover what tricks to employ to make your story more compelling. There will be have plenty of time for Q & A and some on-the-spot exercises that will help you avoid common pitfalls.

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Katrin Schumann

Katrin Schumann is the co-author of The Secret Power of Middle Children (Hudson Street, 2011), Mothers Need Time-Outs, Too (McGraw-Hill, 2008), and has written and edited numerous other titles, both commercially and independently. Katrin has been featured multiple times on TODAY, Talk of the Nation, and in The London Times, among others. For the past ten years she has been teaching writing, most recently at GrubStreet and at Bay State Correctional Facility, through PEN New England. Before going freelance, she worked at NPR, where she won the Kogan Media Award. Katrin has been granted multiple fiction residencies. She has a regular column on The Grub Daily and can be found at... Read More →

Saturday May 6, 2017 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Cambridge Room