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Why Memoir and Self-Help Need to Be Separate Books

If you’re writing a memoir to share your story with readers and are considering incorporating elements of self-help into it to teach your reader about what you yourself learned from your experiences, resist the urge. Memoir and self-help books need to be separate books because they operate uniquely and develop in opposite directions as works of literature. Where a self-help book’s purpose is to instruct and guide the writer and can (and should) infuse aspects of memoir into it to illustrate its points, a memoir is a personal journey shared through an immersive narrative that is ultimately resonant because it brings the reader into the story. that incorporates self-help undermines its own literary purpose as an immersive narrative. The good news for memoirists is that the learning a reader derives from going through your story is experiential and in many ways that much more meaningful and lasting than any overt instruction ever could be.

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The Book Marketing List You Need to Promote Your Book

Regardless whether your book is published by a mainstream publisher or you’re self-publishing, you will need to undertake the bulk (if not all) of your book marketing yourself. Getting your book into reader’s hands is a multi-faceted long-term project, but the result pays for itself in increased visibility as a book author and far greater sales! Use these lists to keep track of what you need to do and when to do it to enjoy the greatest success.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Story and Plot

For any narrative to be successful, it must contain two key things: dynamic and engaging story elements, and a delivery system of plot that takes the reader on a journey. While both of these heavy-lifting craft elements are vital for any narrative to exist, they are, as concepts, often unclear to writers. This quick definition of story and plot will unpack how each works, what it does, and why it’s necessary to create great work.

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6 Questions to Help New Writers Get Started

If you’re new, or new-ish, to writing, you may have feelings of uncertainty that prompt questions. The good news is everyone has a similar experience when getting started. We’ve provided answers to the 6 most common questions, along with strategies and resources, to help you feel more comfortable as you embark on this next exciting phase of your life in letters.

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The Essential Reasons You Need A Professional Author Photo

Since readers “eat with their eyes,” you want to make sure you are representing yourself in your author photo as professionally as possible. With so many books to choose from, you want to make sure your professional photo sets you apart and showcases you in your best form.

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