Lydia Yadi

Lydia Yadi

Lydia is a Senior Commissioning Editor at Penguin Random House and a Novlr evangelist. She commissions narrative non-fiction in memoir and investigative journalism, and also practical how-to books that help people live better. She works with award-winning journalists, world-class academics and leading experts in their field to inform and inspire readers. She has published several Sunday Times bestsellers.

Jan 6

Writing Business Books: Creating Compelling Non-Fiction

Business books are instructional books that offer advice on how to be more successful at work or in business. They aim to offer the reade...

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Dec 5

Tips for Writing Effective Non-Fiction: Personal Development Books

Personal development books are instructional books that offer the reader advice on how to improve a part of their life, perspective, or s...

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Oct 21

A Writer’s Guide to Great Travel Writing

Travel writing is about visiting different places and observing things that are unique to the specific destination, like the landscape an...

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Aug 22

How to Write Engaging Non-Fiction: Nature Writing

Nature writing is a type of writing in which the beauty of the natural world is observed and described, often as a way of exploring human...

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Jul 11

An Insider’s Guide to Writing the Perfect Lyrical Essay

As the name might suggest, the lyrical essay or the lyric essay is a literary hybrid, combining features of poetry, essay, and often memo...

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Jun 13

How to Write Amazing Narrative Non-Fiction

Narrative non-fiction brings to life true stories like historic events and personal experiences. It uses the techniques usually associate...

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May 16

How to Write Engaging Non-Fiction: Memoir

A memoir is a first-person account of a writer’s life that usually focuses on particular events or themes. ‘Memoir’ comes from the ...

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Dec 1

Lesson 8: Recap and Template

Over the last seven lessons, we’ve looked at how to create a winning book proposal in great detail. This last lesson brings together ever...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Nov 24

Lesson 7: Specifications and Sample Writing

In this short lesson, I’ll provide information on what book specifications you need to share with a publisher and also provide some top t...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Nov 17

Lesson 6: Author Biography & Marketing and Publicity

In this lesson, we’ll look at writing an author biography and how to start thinking about marketing and publicity. In this section of the...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Nov 10

Lesson 5: Competitive Titles

In this lesson, you will learn why it is important to include information on competing books in your proposal and tips on how to do it we...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Nov 3

Lesson 4: Table of Contents and Chapter Summaries

In this lesson, we’ll be looking at writing a table of contents and detailed chapter summaries Writing a table of contents is important b...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Oct 27

Lesson 3: Positioning Statement, Summary, Blurb

In this lesson, we’ll look at four different things: the function of a positioning statement and how to write one why it’s important to i...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Oct 20

Lesson 2: Target Audience

In this lesson, you will learn how to identify the target market for your book and craft a reader profile. This is a longer lesson, ...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Oct 13

Lesson 1: What is a book proposal?

A book proposal is a document that outlines key information about your book idea. The proposal helps agents and publishers understand you...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Oct 6

Introduction

This is part one of our free non-fiction book proposal course written by Lydia, Senior Editor at Penguin Random House. To see all posts i...

The Novlr step by step Guide to writing your non-fiction book proposal

Aug 12

An Insider’s Guide to Getting a Non-Fiction Book Deal

You’ve thought of an amazing idea for a non-fiction book that you feel passionately you need to write. But how do you get an agent or pub...

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