So, you want to write a memoir. You believe you have a story to tell. Say you’ve endured extraordinary experience and want to share your lessons and insights with others. You think your life journey will entertain and enlighten.
Many of my author-clients are business entrepreneurs who want to increase their business platform by writing a book. Too often, they start by asking themselves, “What should I write?” when the real question they need to be asking is: “Who am I writing for?
In my work critiquing manuscripts, one of the biggest mistakes I see first-time authors make is in the use of writing effective flashbacks. Either they’re misplaced, go on too long, or they serve more as a diversion than as a device to advance the storytelling. But used wisely, flashbacks can add richness, emotional resonance, and depth to your novel.
Do you ever feel that your loved ones don’t fully support your passion to write — or don’t even understand it?
Do you ever feel like your writing isn’t “good enough”? Or, that you don’t have what it takes to be the writer—or have the writing career—that you dream of and strive for? If you’ve ever felt you lack confidence as a writer, I assure you that you’re not alone.
It can be challenging to create a fulfilling writing life. Especially if you’re reading this and you have a full-time job, a bustling family life, and an already-packed schedule, you know what I mean!
In working with authors — often after they’ve received multiple rejection letters — I’ve realized that many of them send their novel submissions out into the publishing world prematurely. They know they have to grab an agent’s attention, but don’t exactly know how.
The biggest hurdle standing between you and a publishing deal is the query letter. Over the years, many authors have asked me the same question: Why aren’t literary agents responding to me?
You’ve worked hard to complete your manuscript. Now, you naturally need an experienced book editor to help you hone it — ensuring its best chances in today’s competitive market.
You may not be familiar with the term “beta reader.” But, if you’re writing a book, there’s a strong chance you’ve already used one, or are planning to.