Category Archives: Memoir

Audio memoir–part two

Thanks to the efforts of my writer/musician/watchmaker friend, Steve Whitworth, I finally have the information I need to finish addressing the topic of audio memoirs. Steve’s knowledge and familiarity with the art of sound recording far exceeds anything most folk … Continue reading

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More on covers, not “moron covers”

I know your Mom told you not to judge a book by its cover, but frankly that’s absurd. If someone’s browsing for a book to buy, the cover is the first thing they see. If you can’t intrigue a potential reader during the nanosecond he or she … Continue reading

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How to drive readers away. Cover fails…

Good covers help sell books; bad ones almost never do. I say “almost” because you might find a cover are so utterly awful, amateurish or dumb that you’re tempted to buy it to see if the writing is just as bad. This is like hitting your … Continue reading

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Saving your family’s words of wisdom

I touched on this topic a couple years back, but it bears repeating, especially for those working on a memoir. For many of us, there are precious words of wisdom tucked away in our memories. Odd and typically quirky, these folksy … Continue reading

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The Great Skippy Peanut Butter Factory Massacre

For too many memoir writers, the task is about recounting a life and nothing more. What these folks miss is the opportunity to share life lessons from a more mature perspective. I’m not talking about Monday morning quarterbacking. There’s a … Continue reading

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Sometimes…

…you’ve just gotta resist temptation. And most especially if you’re writing a memoir. Trouble is, there are several temptations which often crop up during the writing of a memoir, and in almost every case, caving to any of them will … Continue reading

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Damn the skeletons! Open the closet.

One might be tempted to think that only readers find surprises in a memoir. But if the writer incorporates some genealogical research, he or she is just as likely to stumble onto little-known, if not completely forgotten, family lore. I’d be … Continue reading

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