Editing—The art, craft and business of writing

The Memoir Lesson of 2017

The Memoir Lesson of 2017

The memoir writing lesson of 2017 leaps out at us from Annie Proulx’s acceptance speech given last week (mid-November) at the National Book Awards ceremony. Proulx (Brokeback Mountain, The Shipping News, and Barkskins, among other books) was awarded the Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American […]

For Success, Link Your Memoir to Current Events

For Success, Link Your Memoir to Current Events

Memoir continues as a hot seller for the main body of book buyers in America: women. For the first six months of 2017, BookScan reported sales growth in the category Biography/Autobiography/Memoir—up 8% over sales figures for the same period in 2016. This is good news […]

Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Amazon the Monopoly: Getting Smart About Books

Who amongst you has not anteed up for a book from Amazon? Admit it, even those of you

A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

A Marketer’s Response to Space and Time in Memoir

I got a great response from marketing expert Carol White after I sent my last newsletter. Here’s what

12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

12 Guilty Pleasures for Memoirists

 Writing memoir is hard work. You spend hours gazing into your past, mining memories for emotions and details, and coming to insights that

Dreams Do Come True

Dreams Do Come True

I don’t know if you read the recent New York Times editorial about the Irish civil servant, Donal Ryan, who wrote two novels, submitted them to agents and

The Truth About Memoir

The Truth About Memoir

I regard memoir as a very important part of literature, so it is disheartening to have a string of commercially-successful memoirs exposed as untrue. Also discouraging is trying to explain to my students – who range from college students to professionals in other fields who […]

Long Live Good Stories

Long Live Good Stories

How long does a good story last? With the profusion of blogging—where, at last count, one-and-a-half-million writers post stories every day—the answer may be minutes, maybe a day. Are all these stories good? Of course not. Even bestselling books, popular movies, and catchy songs are […]