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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

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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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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.

Read more: http://www.digitalbookworld.com/2017/3-steps-to-crafting-your-public-persona-for-an-author-speaking-engagement/

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Changing Telling into Showing

ML Keller- The Manuscript Shredder

Transforming telling into showing in writing

Telling is a quick, efficient way to relate lots of information to a reader in a short amount of time. It works for writing transitions or other places where you need to move the timeline ahead, or where showing mundane details would bore readers. Despite its usefulness, “show don’t tell” is probably the most commonly given advice in writing. So why is it so hated?

Telling stops your story cold.

Every sentence spent telling your readers about something is time not spent moving the plot along. Imagine meeting someone for the first time over coffee and the entire conversation is her talking about people you have never met and her deepest darkest life experiences? You’d probably think she needs some serious counseling, but so many of the manuscripts I see begin this way.

Telling creates distance from your characters.

When readers don’t experience important parts of the character’s story with…

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Death and Taxes (in Self-Publishing)

Erin Thedwall

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With a self-publishing roadmap in hand and company paperwork in order, it’s time to move on to everyone’s favorite topic: taxes.

This blog post from Helen Sedwick outlines why it’s so import to file for an EIN with the IRS, instead of relying solely on your Social Security Number. It’s quick and easy to fill out the form with the IRS – and you get your number immediately.

While already filling out federal paperwork, I also used this opportunity to file for a copyright with the U.S. Copyright Office. This form takes a little longer to fill out, and it can take several months before you hear back from the Copyright Office. Technically, your copyright exists from the moment you actually create your content. But having everything in place now could save a lot of effort and anguish down the road in the case of infringement.

Next up, business…

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