7 Reasons for Self-Published
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Memoirs

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7 Reasons for Self-Publishing Authors to Be Thankful

As Thanksgiving approaches and family draws near, it's natural to become introspective about our many blessings. Self-published authors are part of a very special group of artists with unique blessings. It's a wonderful time to be an independent author! As you reflect on all there is to be thankful for, don't forget the rich rewards that can come with blazing your path as a self-publishing author:

1. Publish quickly. A self-publishing author can write, design/format and publish a book in the time it takes a traditional publishing house to review a manuscript and mail a rejection letter. While their authors wait for printing to commence, their self-published counterparts are already months into selling.

2. Digital editions. Creating a digital version of your book is easy as pumpkin pie--and it allows you to tap into a huge market of ebook fans, increasing sales and exposure.

3. Control. With electronic self-publishing, you retain complete control on the planning, editing, publishing and marketing processes. You set your own pricing, make the creative decisions, and market on your own terms. No "artistic differences" with an editor who doesn't share your unique vision! You--not an editor--retain the rights to your work and what ultimately becomes of it.

4. Revisions. With a self-published book, it's much easier to create a second edition or correct errors down the line than with traditionally published books. Again, you are in control.

5. Print on demand. You no longer have to bear astronomical upfront costs for printing, storage and shipping. The ability to produce as many or as few books as necessary has opened the door for talented authors to realize their publishing dreams, even on a shoestring budget.

6. Marketing support. While both independent authors and traditionally published authors must take control of their own self-promotion, Outskirts Press has resources specifically tailored for our authors. Ultimately, you choose what marketing paths work best for you.

7. Higher royalties. Traditional publishing houses net you 15 to 20 percent of revenues. Not bad! But as a self-publishing author, depending on how you choose to set up your pricing/sales structure, you can keep much more of your book revenue, yielding higher profits for each book sold.

So, this Thanksgiving, take a moment between courses and reflect on the unprecedented opportunities and freedoms you can enjoy when you make the leap into the life of a self-published author. There's never been a better time to publish--and never more potential for success! And for that, we are most thankful indeed!

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  • Genre Close-Up: Memoirs

    If you've ever spent some quality time with a memoir, you'll know that this is a genre which has a lot to offer. But how does one write a memoir? More specifically, how does one write a good memoir? This month, we'll be providing some tips and tricks for crafting a memoir which will leave your readers moved, to tears or to joy or to action, and hungry for more.

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Genre Close-up: What Makes a Moving Memoir?



If you've ever spent some quality time with a memoir, you'll know that this is a genre which has a lot to offer both to the authors who are willing to translate their lives into literature and for the readers who are looking to be moved by the stories of those who have lived other lives from their own. But how does one write a memoir? More specifically, how does one write a good memoir? This month, we'll be providing some tips and tricks for crafting a memoir which will leave your readers moved to tears, to joy or to action... and hungry for more.

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5 Steps to Writing the Perfect Memoir:

1. Taste-test. That is, take the time before getting started to immerse yourself in the genre. Like a lot of others, the memoir genre is so diverse as to include everything from "chatty" celebrity tell-alls to serious historical excavations to symbolic and "atmospheric" texts that read more like prose poems than anything else. Find a couple of examples of the field that do what you want to do, or somehow make clear the imaginative possibilities of the form, or that do the exact opposite, and use these books as your guiding stars as you begin to craft your own memoir.

2. Draw up a list of scenes. Draw up a list of scenes which stick in your head, regardless of their importance to your larger life story. After all, you don't know what your larger life story will look like yet, at this stage! These scenes are simply the memories you know you want to write about, now or eventually, and can be organized or restructured later. Don't put too much of a premium on what comes "first" or what you want the first paragraph, page, or chapter of your book to look or feel like. It's more important that you get some words on the page without being intimidated by the process.

3. Start fleshing them out. Simply pick a couple of the scenes on your list and start fleshing them out in prose. As you go, you'll start to get a feel for what's most central about that memory and scene to you. Is it the way it made you feel, and how that affected who you became later? Is it key in understanding a relationship in your life which shapes everything else? Is it that it provides humor to leaven the darker moments of your memoir? Highlight the lines which seem most important and telling, and move on to the next scene once you feel like you've reached a moment of completion. You'll fit the pieces together later. Do you find that more scenes crop up in your mind as you're writing? Perfect! Add them to the list. You'll get to them eventually if they really are important.

4. Embrace the drama. By which we mean: employ each and every storytelling technique which you find useful, including colorful language, dramatic tension, and situational irony. Just because you're describing events which really happened doesn't mean that you can't use the tools of fiction to keep things fun and interesting. Think about the central conflicts of your scenes, and see if they might start adding together to something even larger and more central to your life story. Does each memory circle around your relationship with your mother? What is the larger ecology that your collected scenes all fit within? Pump up the setting and the mood with all the vivid details that you can recall.

5. Due diligence matters. Memoirs aren't limited to your own personal memories and lived-in experience. Many of the most striking memoirs to emerge in recent years--Cheryl Strayed's Wild, Helen Macdonald's H is for Hawk, and Anne Lamott's Some Assembly Required, for example, are personal stories built upon a foundation of deep research. Whether your memoir involves a backpacking trip across the Himalayas or a battle with cancer or a chronicle of your experiences as an educator or anecdotes of career-related experiences, there are endless possibilities for primary research. Decades old weather records for most corners of the globe are archived online. Your local library likely stocks ancient, moth eaten back issues of your local newspapers. State historical societies host census data from the turn of the century. In an age when you can access fire insurance maps from the 1870s and also have your DNA sequenced for a small fee, there's no limit to what information sources are available to strengthen your work.

Not sure where to start? It may be time to lean on an expert. If you're looking to write and publish your memoirs, there's never a better time than now to inquire. Visit us online at www.outskirtspress.com where you can chat with a Publishing Consultant or call us at 1-888-672-6657.

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