Teach Yourself Biography

Biography & Getting Published

This is a hands-on, practical guide to researching, writing and publishing biography for those who are not afraid of getting dust on their fingers. Step-by-step advice is given on how to organize and make sense of your research, write it up as a biography and find a publisher. There are tips on delving into archives as well as hints on locating descendants. The book is useful to the biographer keen to unearth new material about the famous as well as discover details about the obscure.

Teach Yourself Writing Biographies emphasizes the enjoyment of research and writing, and explores this genre which can be as much a hobby as a profession.

Ina Taylor has been researching and writing biographies for over twenty years and has also lectured in this field.

Ina Taylor 1999 Writing Biographies and Getting Published London: Hodder & Stoughton ISBN 0-340-73025-0 GBP6.99

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Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part One - Researching
  • 1 Choosing your subject
  • 2 Starting your research
  • 3 Filing your research
  • 4 Historical background
  • 5 Interviews
  • 6 Documentary research
  • 7 Collecting illustrations
  • 8 Places
  • 9 Primary sources
  • 10 Secondary sources
  • 11 Completing your research
  • Part Two - Writing
  • 12 Your reader
  • 13 What have you got to say about your subject?
  • 14 Planning your book
  • 15 Starting to write
  • 16 Working on a chapter
  • 17 Finding your voice
  • 18 Autobiography
  • 19 Sex
  • 20 Bridging the gap
  • 21 Can you say anything you like?
  • 22 Selecting pictures and writing captions
  • 23 What is in a name?
  • 24 Writing for children
  • 25 Organizing and writing up your family history
  • 26 Introductions, acknowledgements, references and permissions
  • 27 Bibliographies, appendices and index
  • 28 How do you end a a biography?
  • Part Three - Publication
  • 29 To publish or not to publish?
  • 30 Biography publishing - the DIY method
  • 31 Getting your manuscript ready for publication
  • 32 Know your market
  • 33 Sending your work in
  • Useful addresses
  • Index