eBook Memoir Writing For Dummies, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 1118414675
  • ISBN-13: 9781118414675
  • DDC: 808.06
  • Grade Level Range: 12th Grade +
  • 505 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013
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Memoir Writing is a growing phenomenon, and not just by celebrities and politicians. Everyone has a story to tell, and baby boomers in particular will be looking to write their lifes story for their loved ones. Memoir Writing For Dummies will take advantage of this rising popularity in the genre by providing hopeful writers with the necessary tools they need to become published memoir authors. Memoir Writing For Dummies will offer writing tricks of the trade and proven tips on all of the steps to writing a memoir, and getting it published.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
About the Author.
Author Acknowledgments.
Contents at a Glance.
Table of Contents.
1: The First Steps to Writing a Memoir.
2: The Lowdown on Memoir Writing: Just the Basics.
3: Getting Started: What You Need to Know about Writing Your Memoir.
4: Understanding What Readers Expect: The Story Behind a Good Story.
5: Researching and Remembering: Gathering Enough Material.
6: Developing Ideas like the Pros.
7: Telling Your Story with Pizzazz.
8: Giving Your Story Some Structure.
9: Establishing the Setting and Scene.
10: The Character of Characters.
11: Making the Most of Dialogue.
12: Realizing the Power of Voice.
13: Handling Point of View.
14: Bold Beginnings and Fantastic Finishes.
15: Revising, Editing, and Pushing Your Story to the Next Level.
16: Adjusting the Big Picture: Structure and Story.
17: Ensuring the Theme and Meaning Are What You Want.
18: Making Revisions.
19: Streamlining Your Story with Sentence-Level Edits.
20: Saying the Unsayable: Knowing What to Include or Exclude.
21: Sharing Your Story: A Publishing Primer.
22: Locating and Landing a Literary Agent.
23: Making Sense of Traditional Publishing and the Submission Process.
24: Going It Alone: Self-Publishing and E-Publishing.
25: Promoting Your Finished Product (and Yourself).
26: The Part of Tens.
27: Ten Myths about Memoirs.
28: Ten Reasons Memoirs Are Rejected.
29: Ten Tips to Writing Your First Book.
Bonus Chapter: Making the Most of a Writing Critique Group.
Bonus Part of Tens Chapter: Ten Ways to Make the Most of a Writers' Conference.