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You have written your memoir and you sense that independent publication is your best route. Now you ask, “Where can I find the information I need to make a best decision about how to self-publish a memoir? How does my manuscript go from computer document to a hard-copy book?”

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?

At the same time, you realize that your memoir is not likely to sell in the tens of thousands. It is a good book and it will appeal to its audience, but you have no illusions about the tens of thousands of copies going out into the world.

To self-publish a memoir is probably your best option

But, you’ve never published before and you are a bit diffident about undertaking such a big project.

When  you choose to self-publish, you are the publishing company, you are the general contractor. We are your book packagers. We have done every step of the process, and we can take your hand and lead you to a successful completion.

Before you  contemplate self-publishing a memoir, you should have it professionally edited and proofread.

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.” The book publication information below—drawn form our years of working with writers, probably very much like you, to publish independently—will help you with your own process of self-publishing a memoir.

When you can ask us to be your publication desk, you can be assured that you will receive a quality book you will be proud of.

Book production info for your self-publication start

Read the articles below. Almost to a one, they point to the self-publication route.

We think the book publication information they offer will convince you to take your memoir from manuscript stage to printed book—via the self-publication process. Then…

If you want help in the process beyond this “mini-course” of posts on how to self-publish a memoir—either for 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. And…

Keep writing. No book publication happens until you have a book to publish.

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Self-publish your memoir or go the commercial route?

Independent publishing is growing exponentially, but is it a viable option financially to self-publish your memoir?

Certainly, if you are publishing for family and friends and want only a few hundred copies or even fewer, to self-publish your memoir is the option of choice. But…

Is is a viable decision to self-publish your memoir if you hope to use it to launch a writing career, earn an income, support an existing career?

I think it is!

Am I justified in believing you can self-publish your memoir profitably?

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How 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 have taken an important step, But, have you decided to self-publish with a book packager?

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. ]

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After a Book is Published: We Were Not Spoiled.

What happens after a book is published? As readers of this blog know, I recently published my mother’s memoir, We Were Not Spoiled. The book had been five years in the writing and had gone in and out of my focus. When I started to interview my mother and write the text, she had been […]

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