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#1 theone

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Posted 11 January 2013 - 07:40 AM

I am writing a nonficiton memoir, but i have been told on this site that nf memoirs are hard to sell to an agent. And I was advised to write it  as fiction. BUt how does one do that if it is all true life stories about a time period in my life. Any suggestions, please?



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:21 AM

Hmm. I wouldn't necessarily take that piece of advice as a hard-and-fast rule -- agents are looking for a good story, whether that's in NF or fiction format, whether that's from someone with zero writing experience or a multi-published author. Obviously, some qualifications (platform-based stuff) are ideal if you're pitching a memoir, but I still think the path you should take here would be reliant on the subject matter, the story you have to tell, and whether it's at all appropriate to convert it to fiction.

 

Market-wise, I was pretty sure memoir was a hot genre. At least, it's #1 on the QT non-fiction top 10 list: http://querytracker.net/top10.php

 

So yeah. I don't know what your story is - do you think it'd even make sense as fiction? Would it be any less compelling, fictionalized? That's definitely the first question to ask yourself.


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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:26 PM

Thank you, Anticipa. That really made me think. Actually, it would be hard to change it to ficiton since I kind of want to add pictures to it. I really appreciate all this advice :smile:



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:30 PM

theone, a good friend of mine wrote a memoir that did quite well. She was not famous, but she was a writer, so it's a well-written book.

I think you have to decide what YOU really want to do -- tell your story, in the way that speaks to you.



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Posted 11 January 2013 - 05:55 PM

Thanx LucidDreamer. It gives me hope to know it is possible! :smile:



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Posted 15 January 2013 - 11:16 AM

You're getting good advice, one. Ultimately it comes down to story -- being a compelling read. The other comments about the challenges associated with memoir and whether you have enough of a platform to sell your story are all valid, but it's also important to believe in yourself. It might be difficult, but it's not impossible.



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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:42 PM

If you have very interesting life stories to tell, and if you’re old enough--not only 20-30 years old, it may be easier to sell your memoir than fiction. :-)






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