First Steps to Writing Your Memoir

First Steps to Take When Writing Your Memoir

As eager as you may be to rush to the keyboard and begin putting your story into words, it pays to step back and do a little planning before you start writing a memoir. Think long and hard about four things: your purpose, your theme, your slice, and the best way to structure your memoir. Getting a … [Read more...]

Self-Publishing Your Memoir

Ready To Get Published

If you've decided to self-publish, rather than going with a traditional publishing house, you've got a lot of decisions to make and a lot of tasks to accomplish. But never fear – you can do it! Here are some ideas to get you started: Utilize the services of a competent editor and proofreader. It … [Read more...]

Once You’ve Finished Your Memoir’s First Draft

After You Finish Your Memoir's First Draft

After working on your memoir for months, you finally type that last word and heave a big sigh of relief. At last, you practically shout, it’s done! Well, not really. In fact, your work has only just begun.  I can say that with certainty, for I am a professional ghostwriter. I know how important … [Read more...]

Publishing Your Memoir: What Are Your Options?

Options for Publishing Your Memoir

Even before you began writing a memoir, you probably imagined yourself – and millions of readers – holding your beautiful, newly-published book in hand, ready to dive into a great read. But how do you go from a manuscript – a stack of printed pages or a computer file containing your story – to a … [Read more...]

Top Three Things Readers Expect From a Memoir

Top 3 Things Readers Expect From A Memoir

Even as you’re pouring your heart out as your write your memoir, it is important to remember to consider your readers. Ask yourself what they will gain by reading your memoir. In other words, why should they bother to read about you? There are many things memoir readers hope to find when reading … [Read more...]

Bringing Your Memoir Characters to Life – Part I

Bringing Your Memoir Characters to Life

As a memoir writer, you're writing about people you know well. In your mind’s eye, you can see them, hear them and maybe even smell them. Thinking about these people may bring certain sounds and tastes to mind, perhaps vivid memories of the giggling of children or the taste of rich chocolate ice … [Read more...]

I Wrote My Memoir: Now What?

My Book is Finished, Now What?

Let’s say you’ve been slaving away on your memoir for months, even years. Like all memoir writers, you’ve been utterly consumed by it, thinking about your plot, characters and theme day and night, agonizing over whether the language is just right and constructing an ending that’s as powerful as you … [Read more...]

3 Rules to Ignore When Writing a Memoir

3 Rules to Ignore When Writing a Memoir

Remember all those rules you learned in English class about writing essays, stories and term papers? Plenty of them still make sense, but there are a few you can (and probably should) jettison when writing a memoir. #1 Rule to Ignore: Always Start at the Very Beginning  Many memoir writers … [Read more...]

Marketing Your Memoir Before You Finish It: Part I

Marketing Your Memoir Before You Finish It: Part I

When you’re in the midst of writing, the last thing you may be thinking about is marketing your memoir. After all, isn’t it better to handle tasks one at a time – first writing a memoir, then publishing it, and then marketing it? In most cases, the answer is “no.” Unless you’re writing a memoir … [Read more...]

Ethics for the Memoir Writer: The Unwritten Code

Ethics for the Memoir Writer: The Unwritten Code

As a memoir writer, you’ll need to set aside normal concerns about privacy in order to bare your soul to your readers and reveal details you typically keep private. And often, it’s not just your personal information that is being revealed; you’ll be discussing other people, as well. And this can be … [Read more...]

How to Write a Memoir: Getting Started

How to Write a Memoir: Getting Started

Most people think the process of writing a memoir begins when you put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard. But it really starts with your stories:  those amusing, dramatic, heart-wrenching or heart-warming tales you’ve been telling your friends or running through your mind for years. Imagine … [Read more...]

Hiring a Ghostwriter: How Much Will It Cost?

Hiring a Ghostwriter: How Much Will It Cost?

You’d like to hire a professional ghostwriter to write your memoir, but you’re not sure what it will cost. And your search through ghostwriters’ websites hasn't provided the answer, as many ghostwriters do not list specific prices. What might it cost to engage a ghostwriter? For a full-length … [Read more...]

3 Great Reasons to Work With a Memoir Ghostwriter

3 Great Reasons To Work With A Memoir Ghostwriter

Writing a memoir is an excellent way to tell your stories, relive your successes and present your ideas, but the prospect of turning a lifetime of thoughts and events into a fascinating book can be daunting. That’s where a ghostwriter can come in handy. A professional “pen-for-hire” can assist you … [Read more...]

Having Your Memoir Published by a “Standard” Publisher

Having Your Memoir Published by a “Standard” Publisher

You have an amazing story to tell the world; however, you have no idea how to get a standard publishing house such as Simon & Schuster to purchase and publish your memoir. If you’re working with a ghostwriter who has experience dealing with major publishing houses, obviously you'll want to ask … [Read more...]

Do I Need a Ghostwriter for My Memoir?

Do I Need a Ghostwriter for My Memoir?

Writing a memoir sounds deceptively easy. After all, you might think, It’s my life. Who knows it better than me? When I tell my stories to my friends and family, I always get a good response. So all I really need to do is put my stories down on paper and – voila! – an instant memoir. If only it … [Read more...]

Top Three Tips for Hiring a Ghostwriter

Top Three Tips for Hiring a Ghostwriter

Searching for the right ghostwriter to write your memoir may seem like a daunting prospect. There are so many writers, how can you possibly sort through them all? Here are few ideas that can help guide you successfully through the process of hiring a ghostwriter.  1.  Learn About Ghostwriters and … [Read more...]

Autobiography or Memoir?

Autobiography or Memoir?

Before you begin to put your stories into words, you'll need to make an important decision: are you writing an autobiography or a memoir? This simple choice will do much to help you determine the content, tone and style of your book. Many people use the terms "autobiography" and "memoir" … [Read more...]

11 Mistakes Writers Make When Approaching Literary Agents

Barry Fox

There's the right way to approach a literary agent with your manuscript, and the wrong way - or rather, numerous wrong ways. Here's some excellent advice for approaching literary agents from Writer's Relief: 11 Mistakes Writers Make When Approaching Literary Agents. … [Read more...]

“Building the World” in Your Memoir


Fantasy and science fiction writer Janice Hardy explains how to "build a world" that readers will find believable and intriguing. Judiciously applying some "world-building techniques" like these can help a memoir come alive. The Other Side of the Story: Three Ways to Ground Readers in Your World. … [Read more...]

Tips for Avoiding the “Self-Published Look”


Standard publishers have mastered the art of making books classy and valuable - they even look that way. Everything from cover art to text to back matter is just so, and signals quality work and a quality read. Unfortunately, self-published books often lack the quality look, as well as the quality. … [Read more...]