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Eccentric
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Where does this belong?

Post by Eccentric » March 2nd, 2014, 8:10 pm

Hey Nathan, I'm a bit stumped with getting started on presenting my book. I would like to know which approach I should take in submitting it to an agent. The book is about me growing up as a boy in a lesser known country. I don't consider it to be a work of fiction though there are fictional elements to it ( names were changed to protect identities.) My conundrum is this, which approach should I take when presenting this to an agent? I know fiction and nonfiction have different requirements when presenting to agents. Would you suggest I present this as a work of fiction or rather a nonfiction? And also, I haven't completed the book but I was made to understand that this isn't usually an issue with nonfiction. What's your take on that?

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Re: Where does this belong?

Post by Nathan Bransford » March 8th, 2014, 10:52 am

Eccentric wrote:Hey Nathan, I'm a bit stumped with getting started on presenting my book. I would like to know which approach I should take in submitting it to an agent. The book is about me growing up as a boy in a lesser known country. I don't consider it to be a work of fiction though there are fictional elements to it ( names were changed to protect identities.) My conundrum is this, which approach should I take when presenting this to an agent? I know fiction and nonfiction have different requirements when presenting to agents. Would you suggest I present this as a work of fiction or rather a nonfiction? And also, I haven't completed the book but I was made to understand that this isn't usually an issue with nonfiction. What's your take on that?

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Thanks for this awesome site, lots of useful info. You'll be seeing me around here more often :D
If it's just changing names and maybe creating composite characters to protect identities, that sounds like a memoir. If actual events were changed and it's more of a composite then that is more a novel. Hope that helps.

As for submitting to agents, the process for novels and memoirs is pretty much the same, so I'd go about it as you were planning.

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