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Poll: Query for Memoir (10 member(s) have cast votes)

Should the hook and synopsis be written in:

  1. First-person (9 votes [90.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 90.00%

  2. Third-person (1 votes [10.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 10.00%

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#1 loudlion

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 12:10 PM

I've been researching this topic for the last few hours and am ready to pull my hair out with the conflicting responses. Any and ALL feedback (and referenced links) are much appreciated. Thank YOU! :)
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Posted 26 September 2011 - 03:57 PM

Memoir query should be in first person, as should the synopsis. It's your story.

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Posted 26 September 2011 - 10:52 PM

I appreciate your response... ;) Have you had personal experience with this type of query? Or know where I can find "the rules" on writing a memoir query online? Any information would be most helpful!
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 08:17 AM

I've not written a memoir, so I'm basing it on what I've researched (books, web sites, etc.) as well as what I think is common sense. A memoir is your story so it's your voice and perspective: first person. If you're telling someone else's story, it's biography or possibly even journalism, but not memoir.

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Posted 27 September 2011 - 10:47 AM

Again, MUCH appreciated... :)
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Posted 27 September 2011 - 01:33 PM

very happy to help :biggrin:

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Posted 24 October 2011 - 09:41 AM

I would say that you should write it in whichever feels 'right.' With that said, I think Matt has a very good point about it being your story, so it should be written from your POV which would naturally fall to first person. (In the synopsis you will have to be careful not to use "I" alllll the time though--tricky!)

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Posted 14 June 2012 - 07:58 PM

So good to know.

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Posted 15 June 2012 - 01:06 PM

Another tip would be to make sure it matches the tone and voice of your manuscript. You might find that first person feels more natural--because you are talking about you, right? Is your memoir written in first person? Your query might want to match that. But voice and tone and showing that your book is unique, has a market, and will standout in the crowded book world is really the most important.

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Posted 22 October 2013 - 12:34 PM

I appreciate your response... ;) Have you had personal experience with this type of query? Or know where I can find "the rules" on writing a memoir query online? Any information would be most helpful!

I am writing a memoir on what I call the 'bling' of my life-the shiny, brilliant, and expensive lessons I've muddled through, and could use a trailblazer for reference.  What recommendations can anyone share?  I could use a light, humored read since my last was 'The Hitler Book'.  Thanks!!



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Posted 17 March 2014 - 04:15 PM

Based on the feedback from my first query, first person was the consensus for a memoir written in first person.



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Posted 20 April 2015 - 10:15 PM

I am certainly glad to her that others are writing creative non-fiction here- most especially a Memoir.  I am trying to get things going on my own Memoir and I am coming up against the same walls that you are. I am going to continue on with my story, though, and it helps me to know that there is someone, anyone else out there interested in the same genre as I am.  Good luck. 



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Posted 10 July 2015 - 07:51 PM

I'm quite certain , after researching the Memoir genre, that the query for Memoir should be written in first person (assuming your MS is also in first person).

HOWEVER I am still trying to find out whether that query should be first person PRESENT tense or first person PAST tense.
My query titled Exobia is on the critique list and I've written in present tense. Maybe past tense would be better...

What's the general opinion? Past or present tense for a Memoir query?

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Posted 12 February 2016 - 07:23 PM

Thank you guys so much for these responses. Now I know.

 

I'm writing a memoir too. I was really curious about how to pronoun the query and synopsis I haven't even written the synopsis yet. Guess I need to do that, too.


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