Book launch publicity tip!

1. Buy a cake for your book launch. Preferably a big one.  2. Write “BOOK LAUNCH” in gigantic letters on the cake. 3. Walk around the grocery store with this in your cart. That’s it! I did this in the fall when my...

2009 Writing Wrap-Up

2009 marked my first year writing more regularly. I had always done well with the deadline provided by National Novel Writing Month and National Novel Editing Month, but I had trouble outside of these and the other mini-challenges I set for myself. So in 2009 I signed...

Review: Fat Girl (memoir)

It took me a few false starts to write a review of Fat Girl: A True Story. I guess that in and of itself is a statement: this book is so thought-provoking it took me weeks to digest its contents, while at the same time being so scattered and narratively unfocused as...

How to Write a Non-Fiction Book Proposal

In my search for books on how to write a non-fiction book proposal, I came across 6 that I found helpful: How To Write a Book Proposal, by Michael Larsen Nonfiction Book Proposals Anybody can Write, by Elizabeth Lyon The Fast Track Course on How to Write a Nonfiction...

Review: Every Secret Thing (memoir)

It’s taken me a while to write a review of this book – I think I love it so much my review can’t possibly live up to the book. For a description of the book’s plot and relevant reader comments, check out amazon.co.uk (not .com). Essentially,...

On Traumatic Memoir

This explains so much! [T]rauma-based accounts are often private salvage operations. Rather than assuming continuity, they must, at the deepest level, reflect and somehow compensate for its destruction. For a trauma is a rupture, a break … whether brought on by a...