Name some of the huge bestselling books over the years--In Cold Blood; All the President's Men; The Perfect Storm; Black Hawk Down; Longitude; Jarhead--and they all have one thing in common: they all read like novels.
Author and agent Peter Rubie shows the reader how to join journalistic research with riveting, character-driven prose to create narrative nonfiction. This is the only book to focus on writing and marketing the narrative nonfiction "novel."
Brings the intricacies of narrative nonfiction to light in an easy-to-use fashion. . . . engages through Rubie's wonderful writing style. Don't miss this book if you are writing true adventure, biography, history, memoir, military, travel or true crime.
A true story told by a great writer becomes history, because stories are how we remember.
Rubie has written a thoughtful and useful introduction to the art of nonfiction storytelling.
I wish I had had this book thirty years ago, when I started out.
—Mark Bowden, author of Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War
The Elements of Narrative Nonfiction is an invaluable resource for anyone grappling with a nonfiction project. It’s smart, cogent, and comprehensive.
—Betsy Lerner, editor turned literary agent and
author of The Forest for the Trees: An Editor’sAdvice to Writers
In a publishing market where “narrative nonfiction” is looked on not just as a genre but as the holy grail, Peter Rubie steps forward to do what no one else has done before—define the craft
and lay out precepts for new bestsellers.
—John Silbersack, former HarperCollins VP and Senior VP Trident Media Group
Really excellent—by far the best (most informative, most readable and just the most useful) advice
I’ve read on writing and selling narrative nonfiction, the “novel of true events” (I love that phrase!).
—Leslie Sharpe, author, editor, and professor of creative writing and journalism at