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Memoir Topics: Good, Bad, and Never Should Exist

Postby KnightWriter » Thu Mar 07, 2013 12:38 pm

Would personal success stories (i.e. weight loss, overcoming self-doubt, handling a death of a relative, etc.) be acceptable for a publishable memoir? Would it be better to summarize it to be the short version or prolong it to be book-length? Or...have these choices been overcooked and beaten in the ground in the hopes of never seeing another one?

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Postby Jowen » Thu Mar 07, 2013 3:04 pm

Ditto what maia says.

Some magazines accept personal essays (short memoirs of a specific time or event), especially if the story is different in content...such as an unheard of weight loss idea that could benefit others.
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Postby KnightWriter » Fri Mar 08, 2013 12:03 pm

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. I hashed out the same topic with another writer, and he told me (of course I'm going to paraphrase to sound cleaner and acceptable for the forum's standards ;) ) that this business revolves around a lot of people just throwing their cards on the table when they know they have a good hand. I'll admit that I'm a little...scratch that, scared A LOT, that it would be a huge waste of time, energy, and money. Then again, who doesn't feel that way when a rejection launches shrapnel into their face?

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