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Michelle Obama’s Memoir Is Coming In November

Michelle Obama’s Memoir Is Coming In November

Michelle Obama’s Memoir Is Coming In November
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New Shingle

Since publishing my memoir Even Rain Is Just Water last June, I’ve come to learn the power of book reviews as marketing tools. (Also, it’s been a minute since I posted a review to my Review Page.) So, I’m officially hanging out my Book Reviewer shingle.

If you published a memoir last year, and would like an honest review of your book, please email me via my Contact Page. There are 18 slots available, beginning March 15th. (I’ll need your book at least two weeks before the review.) First come, first serve.

I look forward to reading your stories!


My online Memoir Writing Class will be launching soon! Please sign up here to receive info about the upcoming class via newsletter.


The Idea of a Memoir (Part One)

A writer & her sentimental muse

Photo Credit: Princeton Public Library

The idea or writing a memoir keeps coming to mind time and time again.  Why should I write one?  Who would want to hear my story anyway? And, what the heck the difference between a memoir and autobiography?

I found this that proved quite helpful:

Photo Credit: Susan Calder

And to break it down to the actual characteristics of a memoir:

Photo Credit: Linkedin Slideshare (Click on image for original source)

My next challenge is whatto write about.   So much has happened over the course of my life, I don’t even know where to begin.  I went to my Twitter and started to browse through my tweets for the last year or so and I discovered two tweets where I managed to condense my life down to six words:

Unraveled by losses; rebuilt by love.


Life. Just tears in the rain.

The word…

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The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

Ashley Simon

Reading a memoir is a bit like stalking someone on Facebook. You might feel a little guilty but that probably won’t stop you from hungrily searching through the private parts of their life. I’m fascinated by this genre—and even hope to write a memoir someday myself—so I found The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr an incredible read. Not only is it is an excellent resource for anyone who is interested in memoir (or writing in general), it’s also funny and easy-to-read. I haven’t actually read any of Karr’s memoirs yet (gasp!) but that didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of this book.

Karr draws on her own experience and the experience of other authors to answer questions like:

  • Where’s the line between truth and untruth?
  • What do you do when your memory conflicts with a family member’s or friend’s?
  • How do I know if I’m ready to write a memoir?

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‘The Kids In Need Foundation’ Will Provide School Supplies To Hurricane Harvey Victims



The Kids In Need Foundation (KINF), a national non-profit dedicated to providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need, announces today an effort to raise funds and in-kind product donations for students and teachers impacted by the tragic events of Hurricane Harvey.

 The Kids In Need Foundation has extensive experience in this type of support. KINF’s efforts after hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma led to the creation of the Second Responder® program. The Second Responder® program is dedicated to providing much needed school supplies to students following natural disasters.

“Right now, first responders are in the area providing initial relief with things like food, water, and blankets,” said Dave Smith, executive director of The Kids In Need Foundation. “When the time is right, we will be ready to give students and teachers the basic classroom supplies they need. We hope this will help to restore…

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Figuring It Out


3 Steps to Crafting Your Public Persona For An Author Speaking Engagement #h2e

How To Ebook

Planning a speaking engagement or book signing? Before you get behind the podium, review these three important steps. Dana Kaye tells you how to make a great impression for yourself and your book.

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