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Yah! How I Transformed My Fargo Audio Doc Into A Book

After co-producing an audio documentary on the cultural significance of Fargo in 1996, presenter Todd Melby wrote a book about the making the movie, published in 2021. In this webinar, you’ll learn how to prepare a nonfiction book proposal and tips for researching, writing and promoting the book.

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About this recorded webinar

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to prepare a nonfiction book proposal and tips for writing researching, writing and promoting the book. Hint: An audio project is a great start, but likely isn’t enough for an in-depth manuscript of 65,000+ words. Authors need access to exclusive, original source material to give readers the details they crave.

For A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo, Todd unearthed a rarely seen, early version of the script, actor audition tapes, an unpublished production handbook, daily call sheets and behind-the-scenes photographs of cast and crew on location.

This webinar also emphasizes the importance of narrative, varying sentence length and structure, chapter titles, permissions, contracts, publicity.

This webinar took place on Tuesday, June 15 at 12pm PT / 3pm ET
Meet the PRESENTER

Todd Melby

Todd is a podcast producer and author. A Lot Can Happen in the Middle of Nowhere: The Untold Story of the Making of Fargo, his book about the Coen Brothers’ movie, was published in 2021. He’s worked as a podcast producer for American Public Media and as a freelancer. Black Gold Boom, his public media series on North Dakota’s oil boom, featured stories of hope and despair. A television documentary with the same name aired on PBS stations. Spirit and Body Willing: Sex Over Age 70 and Death’s Footprint, radio documentaries he co-produced with Diane Richard, won national Edward R. Murrow awards. He lives in Minneapolis.
Patrick Jones - Course author