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Hello! This is my first time using this forum (I probably should have been on here a long time ago!) I have written a book aimed at 4th-6th graders. It is a guide to ghosts and ghost hunting written in the guise of a nonfiction book but it written in the first person by a fictitious ghost expert who tells funny, fictional stories about his experiences throughout the book. I am having trouble knowing how to describe it to a  publisher in my initial contact with them.
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#1 - July 25, 2021, 01:10 PM

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So this is middle grade fiction (fantasy) in the guise of a nonfiction book. There are comps: Fantastic Beasts in the Harry Potter universe may be one.  Something like Horse Diaries might also work. There are other fantasy books written as fact. This is time to talk to a librarian or bookseller. Once you have comps look at their blurbs on websites and see how they were marketed. (The HP universe won't be your best tool because it was so popular before those added books.)

But I think you did a fine job here, a middle grade fantasy in which a fictitious ghost hunter guides perspective hunters through anecdotes of his experiences. Just make sure you include a child somewhere.
#2 - July 25, 2021, 06:27 PM
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Debbie has great advice!

I just wanted to add that I think this sounds really cool. Good luck!
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Debbie and Mrs. Jones- thank you both very much!
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#4 - July 27, 2021, 11:14 AM

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