How Should I Approach “Regular Folks” (Not Professional Writers) To Contribute To My New Book?

How Should I Approach “Regular Folks” (Not Professional Writers) To Contribute To My New Book?

Hello, Angela.

I would welcome your wisdom on the best way and medium through which to solicit contributions from the “average person” for a book.

I am looking for real-life hindsight, wisdom and reflections from people who have first-hand experience with the topic I am writing about. I would like a diverse cross-section of people nationally and, even possibly, internationally.

Thank you so much. I enjoy your articles.


Contacting non-writers, and soliciting contributions from them for your project, is essentially the same process you’d undertake when contacting professional writers. You just need to look in different places.

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One Response to "How Should I Approach “Regular Folks” (Not Professional Writers) To Contribute To My New Book?"

  1. Debra Holland  August 11, 2016 at 2:38 am

    When writing The Essential Guide to Grief and Grieving, I knew I needed to interview parents who’d lost children, for the chapter on the death of a child. I kept my eyes and ears open, starting with people I knew who had a child die, and branching out to referrals from others who knew people in that position. I also contacted some I read about in the newspaper or on social media.

    No one refused to talk to me. The interviews were very emotional, and every single parent cried, no matter how long it had been since the death. It was a tough chapter to write, and I will always remember those parents and the children they loved and lost.

    Afterwards, I mailed each parent a copy of the book.

    Debra Holland, Ph.D