Memoir

I just finished writing my memoir.  I completed all the business stuff today;  copyright, reserved a new domain name, and now I have to start looking into publishing or self-publishing.  I also have to get back into blogging, according to every  book I’ve ever read.  That’s ok.  I’ve always enjoyed blogging.  I had stopped for a little while (2 years, ok?), but I’m feeling bloggy again, so, here we go.

I’ve been working on this book for over 5 years.  For a long time I didn’t know if all the writing I was doing was mostly just for myself, a writing-as-therapy sort of thing, or for public consumption. Then I had the good fortune, from a memoirist’s perspective, of a few central characters dying.  2015 was a really rough year.  But that being said, I feel freer to release this book now than I would’ve, say, two years ago.

And speaking of blogging, last week I had a brilliant earth shattering idea. WHAT IF I BLOG MY BOOK!  I did a search to see if anyone else was as brilliant as I, only to discover many other people had blogged books before, and someone had even written a book about it: “How to Blog a Book”. I ordered my copy and giddily waited for it to arrive, and then as soon as it got here I buried myself inside for three hours with a yellow highlighter and didn’t come out till I was done.

Then, not even ten minutes after my self-congratulatory dance, I discovered: “Please Don’t Blog Your Book” and immediately backpedalled into “um…ok….well maybe it’s not the best idea then…..”

I’m not sure what I’m going to do about this whole book blogging thing.  I may go ahead and post some excerpts up here, or maybe I’ll start a whole new, separate “blog your book”site and go for it.  Or maybe I’ll stop blogging again for another 2-3 years and get everyone who was really interested mad at me.  I don’t know. We’ll see.

 

4 responses to “Memoir

  1. Congratulations! You’ve written a book and that’s a great accomplishment. Bask in that and then perhaps start with Amazon and publish.

    • I know a lot of people go with Amazon,and there’s also a site, “Smashwords” that’s supposed to be really good. Are you familiar with them?

      • The biggest problem in the whole publishing process is the formatting – well it was for me. Most authors use Microsoft word but it is certainly not foolproof. I ended up formatting it after a long struggle and so the easy bit was uploading it onto Amazon and Kindle. Very simple. I then decided to use Pressbooks which formatted my book even better than I had done. If you’re a novice on formatting then I’d highly recommend Pressbooks. I then used Ingram Sparks which has a great platform but again is a bit tricky to use. Amazon is by far the easiest to use.

  2. Thanks. That’s a great recommendation – I’ll look into that.

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