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Writing & Selling your Memoir

Writing & Selling your Memoir

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Published by FW Media, Inc.
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. This book 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 agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to:

1. Identify strong opening and closing points

2. Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to

3. Structure a memoir to maximize readability

4. Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy

5. Approach honesty and truthfulness

6. Build a successful author platform around their memoir

7. Get an agent's attention
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. This book 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 agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to:

1. Identify strong opening and closing points

2. Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to

3. Structure a memoir to maximize readability

4. Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy

5. Approach honesty and truthfulness

6. Build a successful author platform around their memoir

7. Get an agent's attention

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Published by: FW Media, Inc. on May 24, 2011
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Writing & Selling Your Memoir 
. Copyright © 2011 by Paula Balzer. Manuacturedin the United States o America. All rights reserved. No other part o this book may be reproduced in any orm or by any electronic or mechanical means includinginormation storage and retrieval systems without permission in writing rom thepublisher, except by a reviewer, who may quote brie passages in a review. Publishedby Writer’s Digest Books, an imprint o F+W Media, Inc., 4700 East Galbraith Road,Cincinnati, Ohio 45236. (800) 289-0963. First edition.For more resources or writers, visit www.writersdigest.com/books.o receive a ree weekly e-mail newsletter delivering tips and updates about writ-ing and about Writer’s Digest products, register directly at http://newsletters.wpublications.com.15 14 13 12 11 5 4 3 2 1Distributed in Canada by Fraser Direct100 Armstrong AvenueGeorgetown, Ontario, Canada L7G 5S4el: (905) 877-4411Distributed in the U.K. and Europe by F&W Media International, LDBrunel House, Forde Close, Newton Abbot, Devon, Q12 4PU, UKel: (+44) 1626-323200, Fax: (+44) 1626-323319E-mail: enquiries@wmedia.comDistributed in Australia by Capricorn Link P.O. Box 704, Windsor, NSW 2756 Australiael: (02) 4577-3555Edited by Scott FrancisDesigned by Claudean WheelerPhotographs by Jason BashProduction coordinated by Debbie Tomas

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Very clear taking the mystery out of the writing Memoirs...Excellent read for those choosing memoir genre. JBC
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