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BOOK - How to Write Your Family History: A Guide to Creating, Planning, Editing and Publishing Family Stories
By Noeline Kyle
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015
Printed and bound in North America by Inc., 2015

Softcover...14.50 (C$)

At some time as you tread the seductive, wonderful pathway of completing more and more research, you might just want to lift your head from this pile of collected data and think about how, where and in what way your will write and publish the family history.

Noeline outlines strategies to get you to the desk and writing. The book will show you how to identify and choose a format for writing family stories, to understand and apply strategies to plan and create your characters, to construct chapters and apply the basics of writing/rewriting, editing, planning and publishing to produce and professional, valuable and very readable family history.

  • Introduction
  • Barriers to getting started
  • Collect until you drop syndrome
  • Family history is not 'everything' that happened in the past
  • Questions to find dates: Where, who, how?
    • Where do you begin?
    • Who are you writing for?
    • How will you write?
  • Creative chronology
  • Planning: where do you want to go with this story and how to plan it?
  • Setting limits
  • Interpretation
  • Imagination
  • A hook to hang your story on
  • How do you choose your hook?
  • A favourite character
  • Publishing
    • Paper publishing
    • Electronic publishing
    • Software
  • Editing
    • Get some to read and edit your writing
    • Checking facts
    • Repetition and consistency
  • Good historical manners
    • Plagiarism
    • Copyright
    • Legal deposit
    • International Book Standard Number (ISBN)
    • Cataloguing in Publication (CIP)
    • Privacy/permissions/ethics
    Getting your book out to readers: marketing and promotion
    • Book launch
    • Dostribution
  • Writing exercises
    • Write about your research/writing journey
    • Exercising the imagination
  • Style sheet
  • Useful websites for writing, editing and publishing tips
    • Writing
    • Editing
    • Publishing
  • Further reading
  • Index
Paperback: 32 pages
Product Dimensions: 5 x 8"
Softcover - staple-bound on spine
Illustrations (colour)
Published by Unlock the Past, Australia, 2015
Printed and bound in North America by Inc.
ISBN 9781921956300

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