Writer.ly | Finding the #Theme of Your #Memoir

I love the memoir genre. In my mind, that truly is the essence of another’s story. It allows for the memory to flit and float around haphazardly as it naturally does, and it allows for a little fantasy on the behalf of the writer and the readers.

So, for any memoir writers struggling with finding the essence of their own story, Abigail Carter, who has published her own memoir and a novel, has compiled 10 easy tips for finding your memoir’s theme. Like Abigail says, “It’s OK to have a whole book written and still not be sure what it is you’re trying to say. In fact it’s common.”

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an introductory excerpt about when Abigail discovered the theme of her memoir–probably a pretty frustrating experience!

10 Tips for Finding The Theme of Your Memoir | Abigail Carter – Writer.ly Community.

I don’t think I truly understood the theme of my memoir until it was published and I began doing radio interviews where the announcers expect short, quippy replies to their questions. I had to make up sound bites on the spot and in doing so I discovered my theme: The silver lining of grief.


Writer.ly | Twitter Tips for #Writers

Direct from the Writer.ly Community, guest contributor Frances Caballo, who writes and manages social media strategy for other writers, gives us 10 ways to make your Twitter account pop!

Frances helps us look at everything from effective hashtag use to uploading an appropriate background image. If you’re a new writer just joining Twitter, or if you’ve been there a while and you’ve begun shaking your computer to try and make it work–give these 10 tidbits of advice a try.

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an introductory excerpt about using Twitter to its max potential.

10 Twitter Tips for Writers – Writer.ly Community.

You wrote your book, uploaded it to CreateSpace or Ingram Spark, and scheduled your first reading. If you were lucky, the independent bookstore in your community accepted your book, and you’ve been encouraging friends to buy it there.

Wouldn’t you like to have even greater sales?

With Twitter, you can expand your potential readership to a worldwide audience. If you still haven’t used Twitter to its fullest potential, here are some tips to get you started.

How to Pick the Right #Publisher

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Kelsye Nelson has a lot of publishing advice, and I get a regular email from her proving as much. In a guest post from Kerry Colburn and Jen Worick, the discussion leans toward how to build your wishlist of publishers for your book. Their conclusion? Power is in the research and knowing what you want from a publisher in terms of relationship building and marketing practices.

Read the entire article by clicking the link below, and enjoy an excerpt on how you can conduct research on your own, before clicking the mighty Google button.

Who’s on Your Publishing Wish List? | Kelsye.com

When you are developing your manuscript and your book proposal, start developing your wish list, those dream publishers or agents with whom you’d love to sign. As you peruse the shelves or search competitive titles online, pay particular notice to who’s publishing each title. Notice if certain publishers keep coming up again and again, which might indicate that they publish regularly into that category or genre.