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Title: Determining Genre
Post by: janet-bartier on February 16, 2016, 01:40 PM
I'm not sure if there's a better place to post this question...

I have three picture book manuscripts based on true stories. They are real people from the past, and real events, but fiction. Comparable books are "Virginia Wolf" and "Julia, Child", but my characters remain adults, not children.

Is this historical fiction? Is there a better name?

Thanks for your help!
Jan
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: Artemesia on February 16, 2016, 01:51 PM
Is it like a biography or narrative non-fiction? Or is this a made up story with a historical figure?
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: janet-bartier on February 16, 2016, 01:55 PM
Definitely fiction, but historical figures, and based on true events.

(Sorry, edited to add: made-up story but based on true events.)
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: Kell on February 16, 2016, 02:09 PM
It's historical fiction, but I've seen some extremely fictional books marketed as nonfiction.

Examples:
Dear Mr. Washington by Lynn Cullen, illus. Nancy Carpenter
The Noisy Paint Box by Barb Rosenstock, illus Mary GrandPre

The notes say that there is that there isn't evidence that Kandinsky or George Washington/Gilbert Stuart experienced the events in the stories, which are imagined based on what is known.
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: janet-bartier on February 16, 2016, 02:45 PM
Okay, thank you.

I'm going to order those two books from the library. They look good!

Jan
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: Kell on February 16, 2016, 03:22 PM
They are both excellent books! I think it's just what you are looking for as comps.
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on February 28, 2016, 09:02 PM
Historical fiction sounds like the right category to me.
Title: Re: Determining Genre
Post by: janet-bartier on February 28, 2016, 11:21 PM
Thanks Debbie!

Jan