Memoirs are the current rage. If you have noticed, maybe you are wondering if you should jump in and write one yourself. You aren’t alone. At this writing, over 150,000 titles on Amazon are memoir. Mind boggling. Maybe it’s because more people are now interested in reading memoir, prompting writers to cash in. Or maybe…
By Lisa M. Lilly
You’ve finished a first draft of your novel. Now what?
If you’re like most writers (including me), your draft includes points that require more research, scenes that trail off, plot holes, or all of the above.
Addressing every issue at once is overwhelming. The five steps below can organize and speed up your revision process.
Step One: Start With The Story
Once you’ve let your novel sit for at least a week, read it all the way through. Focus on your plot, asking yourself:
- Is there conflict on page one?
- Does the plot turn in a significant way at each quarter point in the novel?
- Is your protagonist actively pursuing her goals?
- Does your antagonist strenuously oppose your protagonist?
- Does tension increase as the story progresses?
- Do the events logically flow from one another?
- Does your climax resolve the major plot issues and pay off emotionally…
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Enter Book Award Contests and Become an Award Winning Author in 2017!
By Scott Lorenz
“Do book awards matter?” YES!!
As a book publicist I can assure you they absolutely do matter! One client won several awards and was contacted by two movie producers about her Young Adult Sci-Fi Fantasy Fiction novel. Another one of my clients won the prestigious Los Angeles Book Festival award. That then led to a flurry of media interest, which subsequently led to a major New York agent deciding to represent the book and pitch it to all the major publishing houses. This author, needless to say, was happy he decided to enter.
You win awards you sell more products. Jeff Bezos, CEO Amazon
Jeff Bezos at the 2016 Code Conference (Photo news.techniblogic.com
Recently a business book client won a major award which caused CNN to reach out to request the book.
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I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Running in Heels: a Memoir of Grit and Grace by Mary A. Pérez.
Gut wrenching! Mary Pérez has written a book that I found difficult to put down. Each page is filled with yet another thing that would be the end of most of us, but she continues to persevere. This memoir shows what many children of alcoholic parents must endure while they figure out what is normal for most children.
The book is written in a style that just tells the story like it happened. There is no fluff or attempt to make it more interesting, just raw, painful, events, one after another, like they happened in life. perhaps the book could have been made more “novel like” for our reading pleasure, but I don’t think there is any way to sugar coat a life like Mary endured.
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I learned this the hard way.
This is a subject that causes trouble all the time. People like to control the way their book looks. Well, that is perfectly reasonable, after all the effort you have put into it. With a hard copy, you can control exactly how the book looks, especially if you have a patient printer working with you.
The key things to remember are:
- What you see on your screen when you look at your work is not the finished product. It is only part of the process.
- For an ebook, much of the appearance is controlled by the reader. Their device will adapt to make the book fit the screen, and they will set the font size to make it legible.
Your goal when you have finished in Word is NOT to make it look pretty. It is to make a file that:
- will work with the printer’s typesetting system, and
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On the eve of my father’s funeral, I find myself writing my review of this memoir with a real sense of gratitude that I was lucky enough to have loving parents, and little dysfunctionality in my family. My father was raised in a rather Victorian household, (he was born in 1915), where children were seen but not heard, which made him always a quiet man, but no less loving for it, though he rarely expressed emotion.
Tomorrow I shall say goodbye to him in the knowledge that he lived a long and satisfied life, leaving no regrets at the end on any of our parts, unlike my poor friend Debby Gies (author D.G. Kaye), who suffered a traumatic childhood.
Thanks, Debby. Whilst I sorrow for your travails, you’ve gifted me with a great contrast to recognise at this sad time how fortunate I have been.
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