Writing & Selling your Memoir

Writing & Selling your Memoir

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There's more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story.

A memoir isn't one long diary entry. Rather, it's a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone's life.Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it.

Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agentPaula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to:

  • Identify strong opening and closing points
  • Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to
  • Structure a memoir to maximize readability
  • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy
  • Approach honesty and truthfulness
  • Build a successful author platform around their memoir
  • Get an agent's attention
  • Get published

Full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors,Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.


There’s more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story.A memoir isn’t one long diary entry. Rather, it’s a well-crafted story about a crucial—often exceptionally difficult time in someone’s life. Writing & Selling Your Memoirgives you the knowledge and skills you need to turn your most important personal stories into compelling and meaningful reading experiences for others.In this insightful guide, literary agent Paula Balzer draws on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists and carefully explores the genre, providing you with step-by-step instruction on how to:• Identify strong opening and closing points• Find and develop a strong central hook that your readers will relate to• Structure your memoir for maximum readability• Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy• Approach honesty and truthfulness, but also know when it’s okay to embellish the facts for entertainment value or to protect theidentities of your “characters”• Build a successful author platform, get an agent’s attention, and get publishedFull of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.

Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writers Digest Books, 2011
ISBN: 9781599634203
1599634201
1599631350
9781599631356
Characteristics: 1 online resource (233 pages)
Alternative Title: Writing and selling your memoir

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