Have you heard of the books On the Brink: a tale of two sportscasters and On the Brink: the untold story – both by Larry Resnitkzy? Unless you were one of the rather small group who purchased these books, you likely haven’t heard of them.
Looking back, while the books didn’t break any sales records, they did help to launch an East Coast publishing house. Retromedia Publishing came into being because no one wanted to publish the books I wrote.
Writing is often a labour of love. It can be very therapeutic. In my case these books were written when I was fighting the ravages of cancer, surgery and radiation. The research and writing I did for about a year and a half, almost daily, helped me to focus on completing the books – books that told of going behind the scenes with such sports icons as Gordie Howe, Wayne Gretzky and the late Gary Carter; and of running a radio syndication business around all of that with my good friend, Postie Connolly.
Retromedia Publishing now has 13 books to its credit. I’m proud to say that all of our writers have written interesting books. We’ve even garnered a few heritage awards. It is rewarding work – writing and publishing, but not always financially.
For more on our authors and books, check this new site out closely. We’re very proud of our books and you’ll likely find a few that will please your taste.
Here are a few tips for novice writers of non-fiction.
Do your research before you start writing.
Outline your book and file your research according to chapters.
Work with a mentor if possible.
Make sure you have a professional editor to check your work before submitting it to a publisher.
Research the types of writing a publisher tends to publish (e.g., non-fiction, fiction, sports, history, etc.)
Choose a sample chapter to send to a publisher, along with a table of contents/chapter headings.
Once a publisher shows interest, make sure you get a contract and a cash advance on sales.