querying narrative non-fiction - do I need a proposal?

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querying narrative non-fiction - do I need a proposal?

Post by deblevy » January 28th, 2011, 3:23 pm

hi -
I'm in the last revision stages of a work of narrative non-fiction (if there was a genre called "himoir", this would be it. Reads like a novel or memoir, but it's about someone else) Many of the agent websites I've been visiting say to submit a query letter for fiction, and a proposal with sample chapters for non-fiction. My work is non-fiction, but I wouldn't even know where to begin to give a list of chapters or a proposal. In the same way that I am following the rules of fiction (waiting until I have a fully polished manuscript before soliciting an agent) do I query as if this were fiction, but indicate that it is NN? Please advise!!
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Re: querying narrative non-fiction - do I need a proposal?

Post by Nathan Bransford » February 4th, 2011, 12:42 am

For memoir the rules are more like fiction. You can query without necessarily having a proposal, though an agent may want to see one. It's kind of in-between.

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Re: querying narrative non-fiction - do I need a proposal?

Post by deblevy » February 9th, 2011, 11:46 am

Thank you! I thought as much. Lovely to exist in this in between world.

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