Writing History for a Popular Audience

For historians wishing to break into "trade" or "popular" publishingThe American Historian's August issue published an illuminating round-table discussion with Andrew Miller, Senior Editor at Knopf; Pulitzer and National Book Award winner T.J. Stiles (Custer's Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, The First Tycoon: The Epic Life of Cornelius Vanderbilt; Jesse James: Last Rebel of the Civil War); and the award-winning author and tenured professor at Wayne State University Danielle McGuire (At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape and Resistance):

"Most historians would love for their work to reach a wide, non-academic audience. But how does one break into the world "popular" history and publish a successful book with a trade press? The American Historian invited three participants—a tenured professor, an editor, and an author—to discuss their experiences with writing books geared more towards a popular audience and how to navigate the unfamiliar terrain of trade presses..."

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