Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Amazon Offer Makes Self-Publishing Even More Attractive

Although the Kindle ebook reader has become quite popular on its own, Amazon is giving it a further boost by offering authors a great self-publishing deal if they will publish digitally. After you finish writing your memoirs, consider this option for publishing your autobiography: bypass traditional book publishers and go directly to digital, and Amazon will give you 70 percent of all sales of your book.

“Today, authors often receive royalties in the range of 7 to 15 percent of the list price that publishers set for their physical books,??? said Russ Grandinetti, Amazon’s vice president of Kindle content, as part of a statement released with last month’s announcement. “We’re excited that the new 70 percent royalty option for the Kindle Digital Text Platform will help us pay authors higher royalties when readers choose their books.???

To qualify for this option, you must price your book at between $2.99 and $9.99, and you must grant Amazon some digital rights in case the company needs to adapt the text to new versions of the Kindle, such as a future text-to-speech option. You would retain the rights to any print versions you might publish. Members often ask us how to publish their memoirs when it’s so difficult today get an agent and then attract a publisher. This offer from Amazon is a very workable alternative.

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Then just set up a chapter and start writing your memoir. Don’t worry about rules. There are no rules to writing your memoir; there are only trends. These trends are based on techniques and features identified in current top-selling memoirs. At best, they’re the flavor of the month. If you’re capturing your life in print for your family, for your own gratification or to inspire readers, rather than aiming to set off Hollywood screenplay bidding wars, these trends don’t even apply to you. You’ll write the memoir that suits you best, and it will be timeless, not trend-driven.There are no rules, but there are four steps:

1. Theme/framework
2. Writing
3. Editing/polishing
4. Self-publishing

You’ve researched this, too, and you’ve been shocked at the price for getting help with any one of those steps, much less all four. That’s because most memoir sites promise to commercialize your work. They’ll follow a formula based on current memoir trends, because they want to convince you that they can turn your memoir into a best-seller. These sites overwhelm you with unnecessary information not to help you, the memoir author, but to address Search Engine Optimization (SEO) algorithms so they can sell more.

That’s not what we do at Write My Memoirs. Our small community of coaches, writers and editors are every bit as skilled as any you’ll find, and we charge appropriately for their expertise and the time they’ll spend helping you craft a compelling, enjoyable read. But you won’t pay an upcharge for other websites’ commercialization, the marketing that follows, and the pages of intimidating “advice.” You can sell your book if you like—we have ISBNs available for you—but our organic process of capturing your story takes a noncommercial path.

If you want help with any or all of the four steps above, choose from our services or save money by selecting one of our packages. If you’d like to talk about what’s right for you, schedule a call. One year from now, you can be holding your published memoir in your hand. And at that point, it will be a big deal!