Welcome to the Bite Size Edition of the Editor Roundtable Podcast. Here on the Roundtable we’re dedicated to helping you become a better writer, following the Story Grid method developed by Shawn Coyne. In these episodes we bring you some shorter solo articles and interviews on topics that interest us as writers.
In this episode, Leslie Watts discusses Big Idea Nonfiction with Story Grid Certified Editor Shelley Sperry.
Shelley Sperry is a Story Grid Certified Editor, writer, and researcher based in Alexandria, Virginia. You can find her online at SperryEditorial.com.
Shelley and I discuss …
- What is a Big Idea Book?
- Examples of nonfiction books we love
- Point of view in nonfiction and the writer’s perspective
- How do you know which type of nonfiction book you should write?
- How to collaborate with another writer
- What are the first steps if you want to write a Big Idea Book?
Books we mentioned in the episode:
- Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
- The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell
- In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
- King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild
- The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
- Lab Girl and The Story of More by Hope Jahren
- Mitchell & Ruff: An American Profile in Jazz by William Zinsser
- Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
- The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Want to learn more about Big Idea Nonfiction?
Check out these excellent resources:
The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell: A Story Grid Masterworks Analysis Guide by Shelley Sperry and Leslie Watts
What’s the Big Idea? Nonfiction Condensed by Shelley Sperry and Leslie Watts
Better still, sign up for the Story Grid Big Idea Nonfiction Seminar.
Join the Roundtable Editors next week for our season seven trailer to find out what topics we’ll be studying and which stories are up first.