Audio: Travel Writing Teleconference

June 14, 2011

The National Association of Memoir Writers‘ recent teleconference on travel writing got some gears turning in my head — so I figure it might be useful for you, too. More than 300 people signed up to listen live or get this audio after the event! If you missed it, here’s the audio for when you […]

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Mira Bartok’s The Memory Palace = Amazing

March 14, 2011

I don’t often cross-post between here and my book blog, What Lexi Reads, but y’all are likely to be interested in this one. Remember Mira Bartok, who visited us here in 2009 for a Q&A about her blog, Mira’s List, and grants for writers? Her book is out: The Memory Palace. It’s about growing up […]

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Finally, a use for rambling: memoir

December 27, 2010

I’ve been writing my first book for nearly two years. It has taken me this long to realize something that’s crucial to the success of my memoir: It’s okay to let myself ramble. More than okay. To write a good memoir, I have to force myself to ramble. I’m best at writing in a newsy […]

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Promoting via book blogs: Q&A with Devourer of Books

October 20, 2010

For authors looking to promote their books, book blogs present some awesome opportunities. But how do you know which bloggers will review your book? And what’s the best way to approach them? Here to enlighten us today is Jen Karsbaek, who reviews books at her blog, Devourer of Books. On Twitter, this Chicagoan is known […]

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Writers’ Roundup: September 17

September 17, 2010

By the time you read this, I’ll be on my way to Georgia for two weeks at a writer’s residency! More on that next week. My favorite links from this week: The world’s first airport library. Love it. From MediaBistro’s GalleyCat. Social media thug Marian Schembari offers a solid checklist for what you should include […]

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Writers’ Roundup: September 10

September 9, 2010

Wow, busy week. Anybody else feel like they’ve got a lot on their plate? Some great links this week. A good variety, too, which makes me wonder whether I should continue to call this the Writers’ Roundup. Let’s get to it! Excellent advice from ProBlogger: Make your blog sound like a trusted friend. This is […]

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Writers' Roundup: July 30

July 30, 2010

I could care less what Chelsea Clinton wears at her wedding this weekend. What I DO care about are great links from this week on writing and social media. Enjoy. Super helpful interview from MediaBistro’s GalleyCat with author Rachel Shukert on her new travel memoir. Her ideas are good enough to copy. Speaking of authors […]

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Writers' Roundup: July 2

July 2, 2010

Wow, lots less time to go through my Google Reader this week now that I have clients! But it’s a good trade. Here’s what I’ve got for you: At The Huffington Post, a publicist asks, Does Twitter sell books? Why, yes. Yes it does. Punky Brewster is coming out with a memoir! Well, the woman […]

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Taking honesty to a new level (in your writing)

June 28, 2010

Writing an awesome memoir requires being honest with the reader. This is pretty basic, Memoir Writing 101. You’ve got to reveal your true self through your story, because if you don’t, readers will know it. They might not be able to put their finger on it, but they’ll know something’s off. If you’re not completely […]

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Querying your memoir: manuscript or proposal?

May 3, 2010

So you’re writing a memoir. Should you complete your manuscript before approaching agents? Or query with only a proposal? I’ve touched on this topic here and here and here, but it comes up so often in the memoir-writing community — and there’s so little advice available online — that it’s time I addressed it outright. […]

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