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Writing & Selling Your Memoir

By Paula Balzer

Format: Paperback

SKU# Z9358

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 gives 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 the identities of your "characters"
  • Build a successful author platform, get an agent's attention, and get published

Chock full of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, examples from best-selling memoirs, and sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it.

Bonus! Get a helpful Publishing House Imprint List! This handy list breaks down which imprints belong to which publishing houses and can help you in your submission planning. Plus, get access to an exclusive interview with memoirist Laura Munson, author of This Isn't the Story You Think It Is. This item is provided as a downloadable PDF format in your purchase confirmation email.

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SKU Z9358
Author/Speaker/Editor Paula Balzer
File/Trim Size 5.5 x 8.4375
Format Paperback
ISBN 13 9781599631356
Number Of Pages 240

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Writing & Selling Your Memoirs Review by Noah Cadieux

It was Wonderful!! I couldn't put it down. Plenty of examples, hints and insight to write my memoirs. Gave a great point-of-view and what clients wanted to see and hear when writing my memoirs.

(Posted on 2/12/2014)

Writing and selling your memoir Review by Earl Thompson

If found this book to be very informative. Many nudges in my sub-conscience about making modifications and deletions were confirmed. Now I'm ready to strip out sections and revamp my document.

(Posted on 5/17/2012)

Writing and Selling your Memoir Review by Mary A

A helpful book for memoirists. Good tips on organization, creating a platform, and submitting work for publication. On the negative though, I was disappointed by all the small copyediting errors throughout the book.

(Posted on 8/4/2011)

worthwhile, but needs an editor Review by Pamela

I haven't yet finished the book (I only just started part two), but so far the concepts covered and the way the author describes memoir writing is thought-provoking and decent. However, I've run across myriad typos/grammar and spelling errors, which are distracting and take away from the quality of the book. I'd read it for tips if you're new to memoir writing but especially if you don't mind reading a published work that seems to not have been proofread. All in all, great content, though.

(Posted on 7/6/2011)

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