Writing Selling Your Memoir

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Author: Paula Balzer
Publisher: Writer's Digest Books
ISBN: 1599634198
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Writing Selling Your Memoir by Paula Balzer


Original Title: Writing Selling Your Memoir

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 gives you the knowledge and skills you need to turn your most important personal stories into compelling and meaningful reading experiences for others. In this insightful guide, literary agent Paula Balzer draws on her experience working with New York Times best-selling memoirists and carefully explores the genre, providing you with step-by-step instruction on how to: • Identify strong opening and closing points • Find and develop a strong central hook that your readers will relate to • Structure your memoir for maximum readability • Use dialogue and pacing to enhance intimacy • Approach honesty and truthfulness, but also know when it’s okay to embellish the facts for entertainment value or to protect the identities of your “characters” • Build a successful author platform, get an agent’s attention, and get published Full 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.

Political Memoir

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Author: George W. Egerton
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780714634715
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Political Memoir by George W. Egerton


Original Title: Political Memoir

The genre of political memoir has a long history, from its origins in classical times through its popularity in the age of courts and cabinets to its ubiquity in modern mass cultures where retired politicians increasingly attract large and eager readerships for their revelations. Yet there is virtually no scholarly criticism which treats this complex form of literature as a distinct genre, fusing autobiographical, historical and political elements. The essays in this book draw together the collaborative findings of a team of British, European, American and Canadian scholars to present a pioneering historical and critical study of the genre of political memoir, analysing the development of its distinct functions and assessing leading memoirists in European, American, Canadian, Indian and Japanese societies. The editor, George Egerton, introduces the volume and surveys the principal features of the genre over its long history. Otto Pflanze analyses the memoirs of Bismarck; Robert Young, Milton Israel, Joshua Mostow and Robert Bothwell study the memoir literature of France, India, Japan and Canada respectively. Barry Gough and Tim Travers look at naval and military memoirists, while Zara Steiner, B.J.C. McKercher and Valerie Cromwell assess the memoirs of diplomats and their families. Leonidas Hill examines the memoirs of leading Nazis. John Munro, Francis Heller and Robert Ferrell convey inside information on the making of memoirs - notably by the Canadian Prime Ministers Diefenbaker and Pearson and the American President Truman. Stephen Ambrose assays Nixon as memoirist, while Janos Bak portrays the status of memoirists under totalitarian regimes. Wesley Wark and John Naylor analyse theproliferation of intelligence memoirs and government efforts to protect official secrets from the revelations of the candid memoirist. The principal findings reached by the contributors in their study of this problematic but influential genre are set out by the editor in the concluding chapter.

Repossessing The World

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Author: Helen M. Buss
Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press
ISBN: 0889209413
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Repossessing The World by Helen M. Buss


Original Title: Repossessing The World

Why does it seem as if everyone is writing memoirs, and particularly women? The current popularity of memoir verifies the common belief that we each have a story to tell. And we do...especially women. Memoirs are not only representations of women’s personal lives but also of their desire to repossess important parts of our culture, in which women’s stories have not mattered. Beginning with her own motivations for writing memoirs, Helen M. Buss examines the many kinds of memoir written by contemporary women: memoirs about growing up, memoirs about traumatic events, about relationships, about work. In writing memoirs, these women publicly assert that their lives have mattered. They reshape the memoir, a form as old as the middle ages and as young as today, into a social discourse that blends the personal with the political, the self with the significant other, literature with history, and fiction with autobiography and essay. Buss urges readers to use their reading experience to help themselves understand and write the significance of their own lives. Repossessing the World is the first book-length critical inquiry into women’s use of a form that has often been dismissed as less important than autobiography, less professional than the novel, and less intellectual than the formal essay. Buss demonstrates that the memoir makes its own art, not only through selective borrowing from these genres but also through the unique way that the tripartite narrative voice of the memoir constructs the personal and public experience of the memorist as significant to our cultural moment.

Memoirs Of Victorian Working Class Women

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Author: Florence s. Boos
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319642154
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Memoirs Of Victorian Working Class Women by Florence s. Boos


Original Title: Memoirs Of Victorian Working Class Women

This volume is the first to identify a significant body of life narratives by working-class women and to demonstrate their inherent literary significance. Placing each memoir within its generic, historical, and biographical context, this book traces the shifts in such writings over time, examines the circumstances which enabled working-class women authors to publish their life stories, and places these memoirs within a wider autobiographical tradition. Additionally, Memoirs of Victorian Working-Class Women enables readers to appreciate the clear-sightedness, directness, and poignancy of these works.

Serial Memoir

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Author: N. Stamant
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 1137410337
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Serial Memoir by N. Stamant


Original Title: Serial Memoir

Serial Memoir chronicles the phenomenon of seriality in memoir, a transition in life writing toward repeated acts of self-representation in the later twentieth century. Such a shift demonstrates a new way to understand and represent constantly-shifting subjectivities and their ambivalent relationship to the concept and structure of the archive.

The Iceberg

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Author: Marion Coutts
Publisher: Atlantic Books Ltd
ISBN: 178239351X
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The Iceberg by Marion Coutts


Original Title: The Iceberg

The Winner of the 2015 Wellcome Book Prize In 2008 the art critic Tom Lubbock was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The tumour was located in the area controlling speech and language, and would eventually rob him of the ability to speak. He died early in 2011. Marion Coutts was his wife. In short bursts of beautiful, textured prose, Coutts describes the eighteen months leading up to her partner's death. This book is an account of a family unit, man, woman, young child, under assault, and how the three of them fought to keep it intact. Written with extraordinary narrative force and power, The Iceberg is almost shocking in its rawness. It charts the deterioration of Tom's speech even as it records the developing language of his child. Fury, selfishness, grief, indignity and impotence are all examined and brought to light. Yet out of this comes a rare story about belonging, an 'adventure of being and dying'. This book is a celebration of each other, friends, family, art, work, love and language.

What Peace There May Be

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Author: Susanna Barlow
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 0595407773
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What Peace There May Be by Susanna Barlow


Original Title: What Peace There May Be

Young Susanna doesn't know anything other than the family environment that has been created for her-a system without regard for society or man's laws. Raised in a sequestered home in a busy city neighborhood, everything beyond the front gate is off-limits. The isolation proves to be a breeding ground for abuse, and Susanna struggles to reconcile her desire to escape and her need to belong. The book recounts six critical years in Susanna's life as she comes to terms with her conditions. This coming-of-age story is as much a testament to survival as it is to surrender. Pushed to the limits of her coping abilities, Susanna tries anything she can to bring about the peace that seems always out of reach. In an impulsive moment and an act of daring she contacts a newspaper journalist and finds herself in a predicament she never before considered. That decision becomes the impetus that propels her finally to where she wants to be and to find what was always there. In this honest memoir, the author conveys the deep struggles she must face to navigate her unusual childhood and to overcome obstacles of abuse as well as the isolation that polygamy requires. It is a journey that challenges the strength of hope and proves that the smallest acts can wield the mightiest power. 2010 National Indie Excellence Award Finalist in the Memoir Category What Peace There May Be by Susanna Barlow - The triumphant story of one child's quest to find freedom

Colors Of Goodbye

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Author: September Vaudrey
Publisher: NavPress
ISBN: 149641246X
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Colors Of Goodbye by September Vaudrey


Original Title: Colors Of Goodbye

What happens after the worst happens? Before May 31, 2008, September Vaudrey’s life was beautiful. But on that day, with one phone call from the ER, her whole world—everything she knew and believed—was shaken to the core. Katie, her 19-year-old artist daughter, had been in a car accident and would not survive. How does a family live in the wake of devastating tragedy? When darkness colors every moment, is it possible to find light? Can God still be good, even after goodbye? With the depth of C. S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed and the poignancy of Joan Didion’s The Year of Magical Thinking, Colors of Goodbye offers a moving glimpse into a mother’s heart. Combining literary narrative and raw reflection, September Vaudrey walks through one of life’s worst losses—the death of a child—and slowly becomes open to watching for the unexpected ways God carries her through it. It’s a story of love and tragedy in tandem; a deeply personal memoir from a life forever changed by one empty place. And at its core, Colors of Goodbye calls to the deepest part of our spirits to know that death is not the end . . . and that life can be beautiful still.

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