Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Every ordinary life story is extraordinary!

Can You Find a Publisher for Your Memoirs?

Self-publishing may be the best way for you to publish your memoirs.

The quick answer to that question is: Yes! But let me quickly add that the publisher you find to publish your memoirs may be right in the mirror. Today, it’s a steep uphill climb for a previously unpublished author to get any type of book published—fiction or nonfiction—in the traditional manner. It’s tough to find an agent who will represent you and, even if you do, the odds are still stacked against receiving a contract offer from a publishing house.

But the flip side about today is that authors do not have to go the traditional route in order to sell a book. Self-publishing is now accepted as a valid way to get your book out there. Without a publisher doing the distribution, you will have to contact bookstores yourself or set up a website to sell your book on your own and, with limited distribution, chances are that your book will not land on an best-seller list (although you never know). But you also will not have to share the profits. In traditional publishing, the author’s cut typically falls below 10 percent of the sale price!

You might want to read David Louis Edelman’s account of his difficulty in finding a publisher for what eventually became his best-selling science fiction novel—and Edelman already was a professional writer with much published nonfiction. Next time, I’ll tell you about Amazon’s tempting offer to self-published authors. Meanwhile, if you want help publishing your memoirs, please contact us.

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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!