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Jun 13, 2011
| ISBN 9781599634197
Jun 13, 2011 | ISBN 9781599634197
There’s more to writing a memoir than just writing your life story.A memoir isn’t one long diary entry. Rather, it’s a well-crafted story about a crucial, often exceptionally difficult, time in someone’s life. Writing & Selling Your Memoir talks readers through the process of telling their most personal stories in a compelling, relatable, and readable manner. Unlike other books dedicated to the art and craft of writing memoir, it teaches readers how to approach the genre with love, respect, and know-how without sentimentalizing it.Drawing on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists, literary agent Paula Balzer carefully explores the genre and provides readers with step-by-step instruction on how to: • Identify strong opening and closing points • Find and develop a strong central hook that readers can relate to • Structure a memoir to maximize readability • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy • Approach honesty and truthfulness • Build a successful author platform around their memoir • Get an agent’s attention • Get publishedFull of tips, techniques, detailed exercises, and examples from best-selling memoirs as well as sidebars from well-known memoir authors, Writing & Selling Your Memoir teaches you how to approach an often tricky genre and tell your story without sentimentalizing it.
Paula Balzer is a literary agent for New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Robbins, Oscar-award winning writer Diablo Cody, and American Idol judge Randy Jackson amongst many more. In addition to her day job being a literary agent, she is… More about Paula Balzer
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