Writing and Publishing the Nonfiction book is about the culture and commerce of publishing, as well as the process of writing a nonfiction book. Students finish a proposal for a nonfiction book by the end of this semester and submit it to a commercial publisher. They receive guidance and criticism from the instructor throughout the entire process, submitting and re-submitting the proposals and sample chapters several times during the semester. In addition, students analyze book markets, prepare detailed proposals for their book idea, and present their idea to a mock editorial board making decisions about the publishing promise of the book. During lecture, students develop a clear understanding of the symbiotic relationships among ideas, authors, agents, publishers, and the buying public.