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Publishing A Memoir the Right Way

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.

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Ten Tips on How to Publish Your Own Book

Publish Your Own Book

You have finished writing your memoir or are nearing its completion. Now you begin to think about publication. Going the route of finding an agent and waiting years for your book to be accepted does not appeal to you. You decide to publish your own book—a realistic option in this day and age.

To help you, let me offer you ten tips to make the  process by which you publish your own book easier.

1) If you want to reach a larger audience than family and friends, your independently-published book must look like a “real book.” Today,  a professional cover and binding will be required. It is possible to have a book designed that will look like it came from a big New York publishing house. Gone are the days when an independently-published book had “home made” all over it—that is, it is possible to pass for a New York publisher if you yourself are a designer with computer skills or if you engage the services of self-publish. Don’t skimp on the book design when you publish your own book. People do judge a book by its cover! [Free Membership required to read more. See below. ]

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Photos in Your Memoir Book Layout

 

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. ]

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3 Suggestions For Choosing the Right Publication Option For You

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?

Congratulations!

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.

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Three Tips For Creating an Effective Writing Schedule

 

It’s time to commit to creating an effective writing schedule.

You’ve already taken several steps in lifewriting. You have begun to write your stories and memories. Perhaps the summer got in the way of your perseverance or perhaps it was something else—an illness, a temporary job, travel. Now you need to recommit to memoir writing by creating an effective writing schedule for yourself.

Rather than think in the general terms of “I’ll write as much as I can” (who are we kidding here!), base your writing schedule on a specific time or a page quota.

1) Decide how much time per week you want (or have) to devote to writing schedule.

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5 of 16 Reasons to Undertake Ebook Publishing

First 5 of 16 Reasons to Undertake Ebook Publishing [This is the first of three posts featuring reasons for including ebook publishing as part of your marketing options.] Are you making a mistake not planning to include ebook publishing in your publication schedule? People interested in independent publication ask me if they should publish their […]

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How I Learn to Support Myself in the Creative Life

“Is it possible to support myself in the creative life?” you ask.One day in 1988, I stood in front of a door, on the other side of which was a group of Foster Grandparents. I had in hand a copy of my recent collection of autobiographical short stories What Became of Them and Other Stories […]

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How to Self-Publish with a Book Packager

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. ]

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Memoir Writing E-books on Smashwords

The Memoir Network has a number of memoir writing ebooks on Smashwords. Whether you are an aspiring or experienced independent writer or simply an avid reader, you’ll find this website a terrific resource for purchasing affordable e-books or publishing your own new titles electronically.