My most recent book, A Sugary Frosting / A Memoir of a Girlhood Spent in a Parsonage, made its way to publication. To launch it, as many readers know, I created an advanced reader community and was able to gather 90+ people who volunteered to write a review for Amazon.
How does your manuscript go from computer document to a hardcopy book?
The first part of the process of transition from manuscript to book is called “pre-publication”—and the second step is “printing.” The whole process adds up to “publication.”
Holding your book in hand is a natural outcome of writing a memoir. How could you possibly be faulted for wanting a hard copy of your story—a hard copy to admire, to pass out to family and friends, to sell to an appreciative audience?
You can do the pre-publication work for your book yourself or you can ask us to be your publication desk. Either can be a good choice—depending on your skills, interests and time.
For starters, read the articles below. We think the info will convince you to take your memoir from manuscript to printed book. Then…
If you want help in the process beyond this mini-course on publication—either with parts or for the whole, we can assist you in any way that works for you. Call us at 207-353-5454 or email us at [email protected] and schedule a free consultation for the assistance that will best meet your needs.
Writing a memoir can be a pretty arduous task — dredging up old memories, mining complex emotions, and trying to frame your experiences in a way that will engage and provide value to readers. It’s no wonder that most authors, having finished their memoirs, feel like the hard part is over and they can finally relax.
But if you’re planning to self-publish your memoir on Amazon, don’t get complacent just yet. While traditionally publishing memoirists often have their marketing plans laid out for them, those on the self-publishing track need to put in a little more personal effort. And while there are tons of great resources to help you along, it’s also important to know how to market on Amazon specifically, as it’s by far the largest retailer in the biz. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
You’ve been writing for a long while. Your book has been edited professionally. You are ready to get your independently-published book into your readers’ hands. Let’s explore and execute options for packaging and printing your memoir.
Today, technology, better distribution and a growing interest in reclaiming regional identity makes publishing a memoir the right way a viable option for many authors who want their books to reach a wider circle than their immediate family and friends. It is not true that your book is not worthy to be read unless it has been purchased by a New York corporate publishing house. Self-publishing has many benefits, not the least of which are that you can control production decisions and can recoup your expenses.
Where you place photos in your memoir book layout is important.
While it may seem obvious, it bears repeating that where you place photos in your memoir book layout is important. It will influence how readers appreciate your story. The only way I can grasp that makes sense is to place photos chronologically within the text. Why?
First, a bit of book-writing talk. There is in reading and writing a phenomenon called “suspension of disbelief.” If I as the reader am constantly saying “This is only a book. This isn’t really happening as I read,” then it is impossible for that reader to get “lost in the story.” On the other hand, if the reader agrees not to challenge the story—to make as if the story is actually happening as s/he is reading—then there is a good chance the reader will enter the story and experience it as if it were unfolding before his/her eyes. Now the reader is only one partner of the agreement. The other partner is the writer. The writer MUST NOT do anything that forces the reader to suspend disbelief. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]
What’s the Right Publication Option For You?
You have finished writing your memoir or are nearing its completion. You feel satisfied with the text. It has been edited by a professional and you have made changes, You are ready for the next step. You are ready to be published. But what is the right publication option for you?
Now, your task is to decide how to best send it out into the world—that’s what publishing a book comes down to it: making your memoir public after all these months of having writing it be a personal project.
The are basically three options.
The latest memoir from The Memoir Network, Business Boy to Business Man by Robert Verreault, was given a rousing book launchon Saturday, October 26, 2013. In anticipation of attracting an audience to the book launch, we had done a fair amount of publicity. Robert Verreault’s widow, Cécile, had called many people who she thought would […]
It’s time to self-publish with a book packager!
So you’ve decided to self-publish the book you have worked so hard to write. Congratulations!
You are joining the ranks of some of the most well-known authors, including Deepak Chopra, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein and Anais Nin. In fact, you probably have several self-published titles in your own library. What Color is Your Parachute by Richard Nelson Bolles and Irma Rombauer’s The Joy of Cooking are two examples. [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]