Often, aspiring memoir writers ask me how to get started. Do they just hire a ghostwriter and pay for phone time to start telling their stories and getting them into documents? That’s one way, but there are others. I offer some writing prompts for you memoir writers who are trying to figure out how to tell your life story.
What author name do you want to use for your books? You may not have chosen your birth name, but you do have a choice when it comes to choosing your author name. You want to be consistent in how your author name appears.
You need to know how to create a comparative books list. As an in-house acquisitions editor at G. P. Putnam's Sons/Perigee Books and HarperCollins Publishers, I relied on a strong comparative books list to make my case to my colleagues that the book project I was enthusiastic about would be a good investment for the company. When I work with clients to create a vision plan for their book, I find they often get stuck on this crucial piece of their publishing plan. That's why I wanted to offer some advice here on 4 ways to distinguish your book from comparative books.
Writing a memoir or nonfiction book but afraid you’re not a “real” writer with a broad enough vocabulary and an ability to create elegant metaphors? Banish that fear. I can offer you three ways to energize your writing to bring it up to the next level so that your book is compelling and your ideas […]
I was just recognized by Feedspot for having one of the top 40 ghostwriter blogs on the Internet, and I'll wear that as a badge of honor. Learn more about how I can help you get your book written and published.
If you have no author platform whatsoever but want to write a book, you face two big challenges. The first is that you will have no feedback from actual fans of your work and ideas as you start to create a book to serve their needs. A book is as much about your audience as […]
Branding yourself with a book is an excellent way to expertise yourself and convey to potential clients, followers, and fans who you are and what your message and work is all about. Maybe you will give away your book, maybe you will sell it, and maybe you’ll do a combination of both.
During the process of beginning to write your nonfiction book, you'll want to start thinking about titles. I find that at least having a working title will allow you to stay focused on what you want in the book and what you can skip. Then, consider titling your nonfiction book with help from the Internet. It will focus and motivate you!
Are you thinking of writing a memoir? Are there stories from your life that led you to learn important lessons you want to share with others? Maybe you are eager to write a self-help book or a book of lessons about life drawn from your own experiences, but you don’t know where to start. I have worked with several authors on weaving their personal stories into memoirs or self-help books. Let me share some ideas on how to start to turn your story into a book (or at least get started on the process of writing a self-help or life lessons book incorporating stories from your life).
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