- Feb 13, 2005
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Is there an established protocol for deciding when a non-fiction book may be sold as fiction? For this question, "non-fiction" refers to a book that is based on real events but has been adjusted to anonymize the material. The purpose of writing the book in this way is to allow a novelistic treatment that would not be possible otherwise. The events are not well-known, so it is highly unlikely that readers would be familiar with them.
Does anyone have an opinion whether it is appropriate or not to sell a book like this as fiction rather than non-fiction?
It's either fiction or nonfiction. It can't be both. It's either all true, or it's all fiction. "Adjusted" means making it up, changing the facts. When you do this, it's fiction.