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Praise for Denis Ledoux:

You have the heart of a teacher, not just an editor, and I have become a much better writer because of your attention. A commercial publishing professional who subsequently reviewed the manuscript told me that the writing was good and engaging. I have you to thank for that. You were very helpful.

—Denise Swasty

Click on the blue links below to find what you need to facilitate writing your memoir.

  • Coaching—When you need to develop fundamental writing skills and techniques. There is much to learn, and much help is available. Don’t spin your wheels. Ask for help.
  • Editing—When you want to tighten and polish your memoir before sending it out into the world. Sometimes this is called developmental editing. Let us help you to write your best memoir.
  • Ghostwriting—When you need a professional writer to help you create your memoir. We can all be authors but we are not all writers. Let us be your writer. We’re good at story writing.
  • Proofreading—When you want to be sure there are no technical mistakes littering your memoir. Every story needs proofreading.
  • Book Production—When you want to self-published and want your hard-copy book to look professional, as if it came from one of the big publishing houses. We also create e-books.
  • Courses—When you want to learn at home on your own at your pace.
  • My Memoir Education—When you want to learn a much as you can from a free membership before asking for more help to write your best memoir.
  • Writer’s Blog—Over 500 posts to guide and encourage you to write more and better. (Some posts available below.)
  • Memoir Store—Perhaps you just want to buy materials to help you proceed on your own.

Plus…

  • How to Become A Memoir Writing Professional—When you want to prepare yourself as best you can to do memoir work in your community. Lead workshops, coach, edit, and ghostwrite. You can be complete your training sooner than you think to earn an income as a memoir professional.
  • Memoir Professional Blog contains hundreds of posts on launching and thriving as a Memoir Professional

What sort of help is best for a memoir writer?

The answer to your question is necessarily an individual one. It might be coaching, editing, ghostwriting, proofreading or book production. Any reputable company will offer a free consultation to help you define the options and select one the best for you.

What if I have not begun to write and don’t know what to write about but still want to create a memoir?

This is a frequent challenge for new writers. Coaching will get you to explore possible topics. Writing your best memoir is a big commitment and you ought to be focused on something important to you. You need to take the time it takes to discover your topic.

What if I have already done a lot of writing?

Editing is then probably your best choice. A developmental editor will both advise you on how to strengthen you manuscript if that is needed and will show you how. A content editor can help you polish your existing prose. A copy editor / proofreader will prepare your final draft for publication.

What if I don’t want to learn to write but still have a story I want told?

A ghostwriter can help you to create a manuscript that is told in your voice and reflects your personality. You be the author: let us be the writer.

What if I’ve already written my book and am satisfied with what I have but I am just looking for publication services?

We have worked as the publication desk for many writers who only want help to get their book published under their own imprint. We’ll work with you to produce a great looking book.


Our most recent Memoir Writer’s Blog publications…

Self-publish or Traditional Route?

Note from the editor: Below is the text of an email I received from a member of My Memoir Education asking about which was best: self-publish or traditional route. I have edited it for brevity and to preserve the writer’s anonymity. Dear Denis, I finally finished my manuscript. What a long journey it has been! […]

Don't let writer's blok stop you

Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You

“What can I do about writer’s block?” I am asked regularly by stumped writers. “Pretty much the same as plumber does with a plumber’s block,” I’ll respond. People twitter at this reply. Perhaps it’s because they take my response for a joke and they’re anticipating a good punch line.

begin a memoir

How to Begin a Memoir

Many writers agonize about just where to start a memoir. There are, of course, many places where a story can commence.

writing memoir

Writing Memoir Is Not Easy

When writing memoir the project typically starts with a burst of energy. “This is going to be a good piece of writing! Help to keep you writing your memoir.

book publishing tips

What makes you into a writer?

Does saying you are a writer make you into a writer? Well, of course, the answer is no. Not ipso facto. Thirty-five or so years ago when my wife said, “When people ask you what you do, why don’t you tell them you are a writer instead of telling them you are a teacher? You […]

the best memoir writing book

Should You Create an Outline or a Memory List for your Memoir?

I do not write a memoir from an outline. Instead I create a Memory List as outlined in Chapter 2 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs. The Memory List helps you to follow the promptings of the unconscious rather than the dictates of the conscious mind as is the case with an outline. (An outline is […]

Self-publish or Traditional Route?

Note from the editor: Below is the text of an email I received from a member of My Memoir Education asking about which was best: self-publish or traditional route. I have edited it for brevity and to preserve the writer’s anonymity. Dear Denis, I finally finished my manuscript. What a long journey it has been! […]

Don't let writer's blok stop you

Don’t Let Writer’s Block Stop You

“What can I do about writer’s block?” I am asked regularly by stumped writers. “Pretty much the same as plumber does with a plumber’s block,” I’ll respond. People twitter at this reply. Perhaps it’s because they take my response for a joke and they’re anticipating a good punch line.

begin a memoir

How to Begin a Memoir

Many writers agonize about just where to start a memoir. There are, of course, many places where a story can commence.

writing memoir

Writing Memoir Is Not Easy

When writing memoir the project typically starts with a burst of energy. “This is going to be a good piece of writing! Help to keep you writing your memoir.

book publishing tips

What makes you into a writer?

Does saying you are a writer make you into a writer? Well, of course, the answer is no. Not ipso facto. Thirty-five or so years ago when my wife said, “When people ask you what you do, why don’t you tell them you are a writer instead of telling them you are a teacher? You […]

the best memoir writing book

Should You Create an Outline or a Memory List for your Memoir?

I do not write a memoir from an outline. Instead I create a Memory List as outlined in Chapter 2 of Turning Memories Into Memoirs. The Memory List helps you to follow the promptings of the unconscious rather than the dictates of the conscious mind as is the case with an outline. (An outline is […]

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