I rarely read full books in a day or two—even comparatively short ones like When Breath Becomes Air—but the current of his words swept me for two straight days. And his advanced knowledge in medicine, in literature, and ultimately in life make for a compelling author.
My seven-year-old son once said, “I want to be famous but not rich because rich people can’t know God.” He learned this from the biblical story known as The Rich Young Ruler, where Jesus famously tells a rich man to sell all he owns and give it to the poor. The irony of my son’s … Continue reading Is a “rich life” at the end of “I Will Teach You to Be Rich”?
I first became aware of the impressive depth and breadth of work that Stephanie Chandler was doing when she was a fellow speaker for a major online event aimed at self-publishers.Interested by her talk, I visited her website and learned of an organization she'd founded: the Nonfiction Authors Association. I'd never heard of it before … Continue reading Why Stephanie Chandler wrote The Nonfiction Book Publishing Plan
In “Why Your Memoir Won’t Sell,” Jane Friedman offers seven reasons why a memoir won’t move copies. To paraphrase: It’s the first “legit” writing you’ve ever attempted. It’s an act of catharsis (a. k. a. emotional vomit). It’s a glorified diary. It’s a chronological autobiography. It’s a series of unrelated anecdotes from your life. It’s … Continue reading The Problem with Memoir
“My memoir is 270,000 words long.” I heard these words during a breakout session I led at a local writers conference. An editor friend of mine, Shayla Eaton with Curiouser Editing, was sitting in on the breakout. We gave each other knowing glances, and because I didn’t want to break this poor memoirist’s literary heart, … Continue reading How Long Should My Book Be?