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Get Help on the Memoir Writing Journey

Get Help on the Memoir Writing Journey

To give you an idea of what I do as a memoir consultant and developmental editor, I’ll share some about the path I helped this author take to complete his memoir and have it successfully published.

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Revising: See With New Eyes

Revising: See With New Eyes

It all starts with the first draft. A first draft gives you something to work with so you can get to where you want to go. It’s a necessary step, and hardly the last one.

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Dreaming It Real

Today I heard author Jack Canfield (Chicken Soup for the Soul and many others) speak. This biggest-ever bestselling author — Canfield has had 47 separate titles on the New York Times bestseller’s list since 1976 — talked about growing up a coal-miner’s son in West Virginia and charting a path

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It Takes Dedication

Writing the stories of your life doesn’t happen in a day. It takes more than inspiration, writing when the urge strikes. It takes time and dedication. It wants the details that lift the story off the page, that take a reader there along with you, that share you with them

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Out of the Round File and Onto the Rack

I certainly spend more time thinking about and preparing for successes than rejections when it comes to pitching a book to a prospective agent or publisher, but the stories of famous authors being rejected before their ascent — and in some cases, that is an ascent to legendary status —

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Tips for Query Letters That Sell

At the Story Circle Network Women’s Memoir Conference in Austin this month I coached several women about query letters to agents and heard their frustrations with repeated rejections. One that stood out to me was a writer who had sent out as many as 60 queries and had no bites.

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Being a Ghost

A ghostwriter gets to walk in a lot of different people’s shoes. It’s like being an actor: you have to sound like your client (or character), then help them sound even better. Good editors do this, too. It’s how I’ve worked in so many fields when my one field, really,

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman has been a publishing professional in various capacities since 1983 and has specialized in memoir for over 20 years. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, Monkfish Publishing, Freethought Press, and more. With her guidance, clients who preferred a small print run of their books to distribute as they liked have used a printer, many have successfully self-published, and several have put their books into the market with the help of a hybrid publisher. READ MORE »

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