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#1 Brendan.Corbley

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Posted 25 March 2017 - 12:07 AM

Good morning,

 

I am writing a story about the last ten years of my life in which I joined the Army, went to Iraq, spent some time in jail, and was diagnosed with Lymphoma which nearly killed me. The story ties the events together and has an optimistic message. So yeah, not sure what the correct topic for this would be but any advice is appreciated! Cheers!

 

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Posted 02 April 2017 - 10:51 PM

Hey there!

 

I'd say it's memoir, IMO.


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Posted 03 April 2017 - 03:25 PM

I'd say change the names a bit, loosen it up with some fictional beats, and call it a novel. Memoirs are so hard to sell without a platform (and I imagine there is a flood of war memoirs right now, if it's anything like the indie film world). 

 

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Posted 15 April 2017 - 08:38 PM

Thanks for the responses!



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Posted 24 April 2017 - 05:30 PM

Nonfiction is hard to sell without a platform, narrative memoir is not! You don't need to have expertise in anything other than your own life experience.  and you do need to have the entire book completed when you query.






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