Category: Stories Behind the Stories

5 Essential Parts of a Nonfiction Book Proposal

You have decided to write a book. You have an idea. You are excited about it. You even have a title … or at least a tentative one. But before you write, you have to plan. A formal plan is

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“St. Louis’s Modern Medicis”

The Medici family was the richest family in Europe during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. Its financial contributions made Florence the world’s most beautiful city, as well as the cultural center of Europe during the Renaissance. The two-article series in

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Watakushi no Machi, St. Louis (my town, St. Louis, in Japanese)

Some stories are fun to write, others are learning opportunities, and a few are surprising. When I worked for Commerce magazine I never knew which they were going to be. The assignments were often uninspiring and brief. Mostly, they were

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“Little Theater in a Big Depot”

Several months ago I saw a one-woman show based on Joan Didion’s book, The Year of Magical Thinking. I wanted to see the play for two reasons. I had read the book, and I was familiar with the actress. Her

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Growing Up On Trains

As half of the two-person writing staff of Commerce magazine, I wrote about every subject under the sun. Many of the topics were fascinating and fun, but some were mind-numbingly dull. Sometimes, our advertising department (one guy) sold a lot

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