View Full Version : Nonfiction Or Non-fiction (with a hyphen)

02-06-2008, 12:58 AM
I want my query letter to be perfect, and I'm sure that I'm being picky here, but I see agent websites that use a hyphen, as in "non-fiction." In the "Deals" section on Publishers Marketplace, they use a hyphen for the category (Non-fiction), but no hyphen when describing the deal (nonfiction).

Is using a hyphen the correct way, and is an agent going to care whether or not the writer knows that it is supposed to have a hyphen?

02-06-2008, 06:52 AM
My vote is for Nonfiction - no hyphen.

02-06-2008, 07:13 AM
The content is what matters, not the presence or absence of a hyphen.

I'm sure my own manuscript had far worse than that.

02-06-2008, 07:15 AM
Nonfiction is what I have been using in my query letters. The agent websites have me thinking that I should use non-fiction. Of course, I often see agent websites in which they end their sentences with a preposition.

02-06-2008, 07:48 AM
Merriam-Webster has it as "nonfiction" with no hyphen.

02-06-2008, 06:39 PM
My vote is for nonfiction (no hyphen) also.

02-07-2008, 10:00 PM
The "Oxford American Dictionary" shows nonfiction. (No hyphen)