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Make Plans for how You Will Package Your Memoir for Your Readers

  • Do you want to reach a larger audience than family and friends? A “real book” will be necessary.
  • Who should read your lifestory? Every story has a natural audience just waiting to know it exists. Who is yours?
  • Make a list of every individual you know who should buy your book. (That’s your pre-publication mailing list!) People will be good sports about buying your first book but don’t expect them necessarily to buy your second.
  • What community groups will celebrate your accomplishment (perhaps even want to plan a publication party!) and be thrilled to make your book known and available to their members?
  • Establish a preliminary timeline. Is there an anniversary, family reunion, convention or holiday in the next three to five months that is your obvious publication date? (Of course, you may need to readjust as you go.)
  • Make a preliminary budget (both time and money) you can/want to invest in this project.
  • Read several books on self-publishing to familiarize yourself with the work that goes into preparing and printing a book. Whether you act as your own publishing contractor or hire a professional, knowledge is power!
  • Have your manuscript edited and proofread so that it is truly as good as it can be. Many new authors are so eager to finish their projects that they short-sightedly omit working with an editor—a final chance to be sure that the text conveys all the meaning you intend. A good editor will not alter your voice. Rather, he will ensure that you communicate clearly in that voice and will find discrepancies you can’t see any more.
  • How will you package or present your finished memoir? Visit bookstores to examine examples of what is currently being published. Generally, you want your self-published book to have the same look as that of one from the big houses.
  • Inquire locally about printing, photocopy and binding options. Request estimates from large book printing firms and POD outfits.
  • Explore having your book designed and produced by a packaging company. Visit our Book Production Services or call today to talk over the possibilities!
A gift for you...
...because you need to get your memoir written. This little book will focus you to complete your memoir.
  • Your memoir deserves to be written. We help people get their story down—right!
  • Writing a memoir or want to improve one you're working on? Download Memoir Writing 101: How to Craft a Compelling Memoir or Lifestory / 10 Steps and a Bonus.
  • Memoir Writing 101 comes with The Lifewriter's Guides, a biweekly "workshop in an email.".
  • If you are already a member of The Memoir Network, this e-book and others are available to you free in Member Resources.