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Nonfiction for Children
Nonfiction is based on facts and requires a lot of research. Proofreaders, fact checkers and experts on the particular subject matter are all a part of the process, and photos are equally as important to supporting the facts, as well as providing historical documentation.
Writing nonfiction for young children can be particularly challenging. You have very few words with which to explain the subject matter and you have to do so as accurately as possible. One word could change the meaning of an entire sentence and and cause inaccuracy.
And there is also the challenge of being able to present possibly boring subjects in an interesting manner. How would you talk about atoms or how to use a balance, or gravity, or describe how sound travels to a young child? How about math concepts like estimation? Or geography and biographies? Can you describe someone’s life in 500 words or less? If your talent les in writing for the upper grades, you’ll have more room to play with but it’s still your tone, accuracy, and ability to meet deadlines and follow guidelines that will impress an editor.
Whether you are writing for the school and library market or for trade, accuracy and impeccable research skills are a must, as well as taking into account prior knowledge. In the world of nonfiction, if you are found to be a reliable writer, it is satisfying work that could sustain your writing career.
If you’ve written a piece of nonfiction and would like some feedback, click on submit to send your work. The submission form will allow you to attach your manuscript and will then take you to the payment screen or give you other options.
There are 3 kinds of services for your manuscript – a Full Critique, Just-a-Read, or The Concept. Click on Critiques to find out more.
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