Pros and Cons of Traditional vs. Self-Publishing
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by Shari Caudron
8M ago
When choosing your publishing journey, it’s important to weigh the potential benefits and drawbacks in order to make the right decision for you and your work. Author Rick Lauber lays out 17 pros and cons of traditional publishing vs. self-publishing. By Rick Lauber (Originally published in Writer’s Digest, 10-26-21) Choices. We all make them and some are easier to make than others. When struggling to decide, it can often help to draft up a “pros and cons” list for the alternatives. Doing so can provide an easy and excellent visual and be greatly beneficial for authors considering book publicat ..read more
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On the importance of asking why
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by Shari Caudron
8M ago
This past weekend, I was at the California coast with a group of women I lived with in the dorms during college. We hadn’t seen each other since before the pandemic and there was a lot of catching up to do. At one point, one of the women asked me what I liked best about my work as a memoir coach. Without thinking too much about it, I told her it was because my work allowed me to be nosy and peer inside the lives of other people. Even though my response was true—I LOVE learning about other people’s lives, which is why I became a journalist all those years ago—saying I was nosy was a flip answer ..read more
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Join me in Mexico this October?
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by Shari Caudron
1y ago
Considering joining me at this Mexico retreat… Living Deliberately: How to Craft a Life of Intention October 21-28, 2023, Chacala, Mexico Two summers ago, my husband and I had just moved into a new house—a time that should have been filled with celebration and new possibilities. Instead, I felt as close to clinical depression as I’d ever been. The house was great, as was my marriage, but the rest of my life felt… empty. I no longer felt challenged at work. I’d gotten lazy about friendships and felt a suffocating loneliness as a result. Everything I had acquired—my career, my marriage ..read more
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An Interview with ShoutOut Colorado
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by Shari Caudron
1y ago
I recently had the honor of being interviewed for a profile in ShoutOut Colorado. Here’s an excerpt, with a link to the full piece: Hi Shari, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business? I’ve always been self-employed, so my thinking around my career has not been what business am I going to start, but what am I going to focus on next. I began freelancing for magazines soon after college and my writing career gradually took me from writing and reporting articles using the distant third-person perspective, to writing essays, columns and books using the much more intimat ..read more
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Getting Personal with Millions of Readers
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by Shari Caudron
1y ago
I read this story in the New York Times and it holds so many lessons for aspiring memoirists I wanted to share it here. When Brooks Barnes, a correspondent who covers Hollywood for The New York Times, pitched an essay late last year about what it was like to grow up in a carnival, he half hoped that his editor would say no. “I’ll be honest, it’s hard,” Mr. Barnes said of first-person writing. “I have to wrestle with it in an emotional way that I don’t have to with most news stories or features.” Mr. Barnes has written pieces for The Times about returning to his conserv ..read more
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I Moved to a Remote Cabin to Write, and I Hate It
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by Shari Caudron
2y ago
What to do if you followed your dream, only to realize it wasn’t what you wanted after all By Blair Braverman  (SC Note: This piece, originally published in Outside Magazine, contains some great writing advice for all writers but most especially memoirists, which is why I’m reprinting it here. I highlighted the most important piece of advice when writing your own story.) Six months ago I took the biggest leap of my life: I quit my dead-end job, ended things for good with my on-again-off-again boyfriend, and moved to an off-the-grid cabin in the woods of Montana, with a wood stove and ..read more
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Not This Again
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by Shari Caudron
2y ago
Three months ago, fearing my life had gotten too comfortable, I decided to stretch myself and do something that scared me, something for which I had no inherent talent. I signed up for singing lessons. It took every ounce of resolve I possessed to make it to the first lesson. When I arrived, I sat down on a high stool and tried to ignore the microphone on the music stand before me. The teacher, Joshua, asked me what goal I wanted to achieve. “I’ve made it,” I said. “I’m here.” He laughed. “No, really. It’s good for you to have a goal to strive for. Any ideas?” “I’ll come back a couple more tim ..read more
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Go From Good to Great Using Your Powers of Observation
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by Shari Caudron
2y ago
By Susan Orlean (This article originally appeared in Medium on November 5, 2021. I wanted to repost it here because Susan Orlean has been a tremendous teacher for me in my writing career. If you want to know how to craft compelling nonfiction, read her work!) It’s stating the obvious to say that details are everything, but I’ll go ahead and state it: Details really are everything. People read to get the big picture, but what they really savor is the detail that pops off the page, that lodges itself in their minds as they’re reading. It’s the difference between a story that’s jus ..read more
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On longing, envy (and yes, writing)
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by Shari Caudron
2y ago
There was a time in my early forties when I once spent the better part of a day shopping for a soap dish and toothbrush holder that would perfectly match the brushed nickel faucets in my newly remodeled spa bathroom. Back then, I was extremely proud of my just-spicy-enough jambalaya and how well it paired with dry Gewurtztraminer. I loved, in no particular order, plug-in vanilla-scented room fresheners, colorful cookbooks with detailed instructions, and dimmer switches. Cooking and home decor—these things mattered to me, and I compulsively pursued both activities because they resulted in visib ..read more
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A party or the page? Your choice…
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by Shari Caudron
3y ago
Last weekend, I attended my first post-Covid party—a warm, summer night gathering held in a friend’s leafy yard. I arrived excited. There were people–lots of them! And all seemed to be smiling. The collective vibe: Covid is over! After grabbing a glass of rose, I launched into conversations with a swirl of different people. A chat about backyard bears with one person morphed into a conversation with another about teaching dance, which then evolved into chats about interior decorating, travel to Italy, and how to raise a baby parrot. I talked, too. At first. I’m good during the first few minute ..read more
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