Dawn Field has written this post that I thought might be helpful to you memoir writers out there. I wrote a memoir myself (Living in the House of Drugs), but it wasn’t my memoir so I had a few other things to consider.
As with any book I write, I did some research by reading and skimming many other book of the same genre. This gave me an idea of what was out there, what type of story telling I liked and how I might make the memoir I was writing a bit different. Dawn gives you a few other things to consider. I especially agree with her that most good memoirs have a message they convey (think Eat Pray Love or Wild) but they all don’t. Some are just good stories (like Angela’s Ashes).
The other thing to remember when writing a memoir, the more you write it using the structure of a fictional story, the easier and more enjoyable it will be to read. This is something to keep in mind when you’re trying to decide on tense, use of quotes (or not), use of dialogue, story structure…
(Note: this post is taken from the BookBaby blog. This does not mean I am endorsing BookBaby. Though I haven’t heard anything particularly bad about them, always read the fine print related to upfront or down the road fees when going with any service – mine or anyone elses 🙂
Dawn: “Memoirs are their own class of writing, but they have to adhere to the principles of storytelling. Here are 4 things to consider when you write your memoir.”
In the United States and Britain, sales of e-books represent between a quarter and a third of the consumer book market and, by 2018, will edge out printed and audio books as the most lucrative segment, according to projections by the consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.
As Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader points out though, the “perennial ebook optimists” at PricewaterhouseCoopers have now moved that goalpost back two years running. In 2012 they predicted that eBook sales would outpace print by 2016. In 2013, they said it’d happen in 2017. Now… it’s 2018.
One thing is certain, though: for many years to come, authors in the United Sates and Britian will need to make their books available in both print and digital editions in order to reach the most readers.
It’s also interesting to see how much less a share of the marketplace eBooks hold in many European countries. It’s exciting to see the growth opportunity for digital books in that region, but also a great chance for authors to continue selling print books to the millions of English-speakers in countries like Germany, Sweden, Norway, etc.