The Hows and Whys of AuthorHouse Author Memoirs

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Many AuthorHouse authors choose self-publishing for their memoirs because, unless you are already famous, it is very difficult to get a traditional publisher to take your manuscript on. No matter how well written, a personal story will have limited marketability.

Self-Publishing is the Answer
AuthorHouse’s print-on-demand technology allows you to print single copy runs of your memoir, meaning it does not matter how many copies you sell.

And, at the end of the day, it is the reader who will judge whether they think your story is interesting enough to read about, not the publisher.

Why Write Your Memoirs?
There are many reasons why people write their memoirs. Here are a few of them.

  • To pass on a message to future generations
  • As a voyage of self-discovery
  • To tell your story and help others who find themselves in a similar situation

Here are a few examples of AuthorHouse published authors who have self-published their memoirs. You can find many more at the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest.

Alter Wiener: From a Name to a Number
He wrote his memoirs based on a promise made to a tearful World War II veteran after relaying his story of living through the Holocaust to a church congregation. He then presented it to various publishing houses.

“I sent pages from my manuscript to eighty traditional publishing houses. Some publishers responded, complimenting me for my good work and for its intrinsic importance for future generations. However not even one publisher was seriously interested to read my manuscript because I was not an established author.”

Undeterred and determined to keep his promise to never let future generations forget what happened, he turned to self-publishing.

From a Name to a Number has sold over 20,000 copies to date.

 From Barren Rocks . . . To Living Stones
Jon Magee wrote his first memoir as a “personal exercise;” something to fill his time as he recovered from a period of ill health.

“What leads a person to open their life up for the world to see and read? Indeed, does the world really want to read the story of one individual?” asks Jon Magee as the opening of his seven-part series on the AuthorHouse Author’s Digest. This memoir and its sequel, Paradise Island, Heavenly Journey, have almost 3,000 followers on Facebook. Strong evidence there is plenty of interest.

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Tracy Kinne wrote her debut book after losing her career as a journalist through no fault of her own. Her book is “the story of hard-working, intelligent people who long for a living wage and basic benefits. It is the story of senior citizens, mostly women, who can’t make ends meet on Social Security, and young people recently graduated from college who can’t find a job in their chosen field.”

5 Tips How to Write a Memoir
Here are five tips to help you once you have found your own motivation.

  1. Create a timeline mark events that impacted upon you or influenced what direction your life’s journey has taken.
  2. Identify the emotional milestones and turning points that have shaped your life and beliefs.
  3. Select a running theme that connects the whole story together.
  4. Don’t start at the beginning. Providing a chronological history of your life is not writing a memoir.
  5. Start writing. Set yourself a daily writing target and pour your emotions onto the page until you have said everything you wish to say and shared everything a reader needs to know to truly experience your life.

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