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Title: fictionalized nonfiction
Post by: hblang on October 28, 2009, 09:37 AM
This question may not belong under "nonfiction," but I thought this was the best place to ask about the market for the type of book I am writing. I am working on picture book about a real person and event in the mid 1800s. However, there are not even close to enough facts on the person to write a pure picture book biography. Nothing exists on his childhood for example and many of the facts are very basic. While I researched the time period and used what facts I have in the story, most scenes are fictionalized, including all dialogue. I am clarifying the facts in my author's note. My question is whether there is a market for this type of picture book. I have seen some out there that are described as fiction inspired by a real person or event, but several people have told me it would be a very tough sell.
Title: Re: fictionalized nonfiction
Post by: Vijaya on October 28, 2009, 10:18 AM
I've read novels based on a person based on sketchy childhood info. The author's note explain all that. But these are all considered historical fiction.
I'm sure someone with more experience will chime in.
Vijaya
Title: Re: fictionalized nonfiction
Post by: Mandy Hubbard on October 28, 2009, 10:47 AM
Yeah, it sounds like historical fiction. Think THE KING'S ROSE by Alisa Libby-- it was about King Henry The VIII's fifth wife, but obviously no one was aroudn to interview her and record every word she said. The author has to fill the blanks in on their own, creating a fully fleshed story.