Your Life is a Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir

Your Life is a Book: How to Craft & Publish Your Memoir


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Everyone has a story to tell. Learn how to write your memoir and get published with the help of two well-known publishing professionals. Your Life is a Book guides budding writers though the transformative process of memoir writing to publication. In addition to exploring the unique elements of crafting a memoir—story arc, point of view, dialogue, where to start (not the beginning!)–Your Life is a Book also focuses on the self-exploration, awareness, and understanding that this emotional literary project triggers. With proven writing exercises and prompts, this book is a practical and enlightening guide to perfecting the art of memoir writing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781570619304
Publisher: Sasquatch Books
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 802,501
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

BRENDA PETERSON is a writing teacher and award-winning author. Her novel Duck and Cover was named a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times. She lives in Seattle.

SARAH JANE FREYMANN is the founder and president of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency and has worked closely with several New York Times bestselling memoir authors. She lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

User's Guide ix

Part 1 Crafting Your Memoir 1

1 Start Anywhere 6

2 Follow the Thread 15

3 Your World as a Writer 26

4 Field Notes on Your Life 37

5 Showing Up: Creating a Character of the Self 52

6 Where Am I?: A Sense of Place and Time 68

7 Eat, Pray, Love 83

8 Travel Memoirs: Journeys In and Out 94

9 The Music of Memoir: Finding Your Own Voice 107

10 My Family and Other Animals 117

11 Spiritual Memoirs 127

12 The Truth, the Truth, and Nothing But? 140

13 "Foodoirs" and Feeding the Hungry Writer 155

14 Your Legacy 165

Part 2 Getting Serious about Publishing 175

15 Better Blogging 179

16 Agents 187

17 Editors 205

18 Book Critics 216

19 Memoirists 223

20 Handling Rejection 230

21 Indie Publishing 238

Epilogue: Your Stories Will Change You 245

Acknowledgments 251

Chapter Notes 253

Recommended Memoirs 257

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