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How to Know if You Should Write a Memoir

How to Know if You Should Write a Memoir

There are a lot of people out there that are thinking about writing a memoir. But most people will never be able to get theirs published. There is not a huge market for memoirs and most people simply do not read very many of them unless they have wide market appeal. If you have been thinking about writing a memoir, but aren’t sure if you should or not, here are some questions that you can ask yourself that will allow you to get a better idea as to the marketability of your memoir.

Is Your Life Unique?

One of the questions that you should ask is whether your life is unique enough to write a memoir. Everyone thinks that their story is worth telling. But the truth is, our own lives are much more interesting to us than they are to other people. You may have done some pretty interesting things in your life, and you may think that they are unique, but compare them with other people and try to determine whether they are unique enough to write a memoir about them.

Do You Have a Perspective No One Else Does?

You should write a memoir only if you have a perspective that no one else does. If someone else can write the same story better than you can, then you may want to leave it for them. Of course, if you are writing about your own life, you probably do have a unique perspective that no one else has, but it can still be a useful question.

Are You a Good Writer or Can You Hire a Good Writer?

You either need to be a really good writer or you need to hire a good writer to write your memoir. That’s because it is notoriously difficult to get a memoir published, so the writing has to be absolutely top-notch, tight and really compelling. Even if you have a great memoir, if the writing is an up to standards, publishers are not going to be interested in it.

Are You Prepared to Toil in Vain if You Aren’t Published?

Another thing to keep in mind is that you may have to toil in vain and end up not getting published. As mentioned, a memoir is a really tough type of book to get published. Only a very small percentage of regular books that get submitted to publishers actually make it to the bookshelves, and that percentage is even smaller when it comes to memoirs.

The Bottom Line

The bottom line is that you should be really sure that you want to write a memoir before you begin. If you think that you truly have a story that other people want to read and the ability to write it, then go ahead, but be aware that it will be difficult to publish it. If you want more great writing tips and information on self-publishing a memoir, go to Reedsy.com. They have tons of great stuff for self-publishing authors

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5 of the Best Writing Contests in 2018

5 of the Best Writing Competitions in 2018

If writing is your passion, then put your skillset to the test in an open forum. Challenge yourself by entering a writing competition in the last half of 2018. Winning a writing contest could launch your writing career to best-seller status overnight. If you have dreams of being a professional writer, enter one of these 5 competitions and take a chance at making your dreams come true.

1. The Weekly Reedsy Short Story Contest

Join the community at Reedsy.com by signing up for their weekly newsletter for writers. Each week, the Reedsy team publish a short story contest and is eligible to all Reedsy members. The competition gives you the choice of writing a short story in one of 5 different prompts. Your submission must reach Reedsy by the following Friday.

If you win, you’ll receive a cash prize of $50. What’s more, Reedsy will publish your piece in their Medium Blog, and read by thousands of aspiring writers and members of the Reedsy community.

2. The Restless Books Prize for New Immigrant Writing

This contest is specifically for first-generation immigrants to the United States. Winners have the chance to win a cash prize of $10,000 and publication of their book, or story, by Restless. The contest alternates every year between fiction and non-fiction.

2018 submission s must be works of fiction, with a minimum of 45,000 words. Consult with the Restless Books website for deadline details.

3. Words & Brushes

This competition focuses on combining the skills of artists and writers. To enter, select a piece of artwork from their online gallery. Draw inspiration from the piece and write a short story on it. Winners receive a cash prize of $350, as well as a showcase in a future publication.

There is no entrance fee for this contest and submissions must total between 2,000 and 5,000 words. The deadline for the next competition is still pending.

4. Minotaur Books – Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

Do you fancy yourself as a crime writer? If you’re 18 years or older, enter the Minotaur Books contest for mystery and crime writers. This contest may have a dark theme, but the prizes will light up your life.

The winner receives a publication deal with Minotaur, with up to $10,000 in royalties from sales of your book. The deadline for the contest is announced in the last quarter of the year, visit their website for further information.

5. Costa Short Story Award

The coffee-giants founded this competition in 2012, as an addition to “The Costa Book Awards,” one of the longest-running book awards in the industry. Costa’s competition is popular with writers because of the exposure a winner can receive in the writing community.

Along with the global acclaim that comes from winning this contest, you receive a $3,000 grand prize as well. This contest has no entrance fee and requires a short story of 4,000 words. Check their website for details and submission guidelines.

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The Myth of Writer’s Block

Is Writer’s Block a Myth?

No one really knows what causes writers block, which is led some writers to conclude that it doesn’t really exist. Of course, for the millions of writers who have gotten stuck for days or weeks due to writers block, this argument doesn’t hold much water. But you definitely should consider the possibility the writer’s block may not be an actual thing, but simply a symptom of another problem entirely. That starts with understanding exactly what causes writers block in the first place, and knowing what sort of steps you should be taking to fix the problem. Let’s look at writers block in more detail.

One of the things that cause writers block is self-doubt. Many writers experience this problem when they first start writing. They don’t believe that they can actually finish a story or novel or whatever they are working on. Even when they finish something, they do not believe that they will actually get anything published. Having the self-doubts is simply part of being a writer. But all too often, this doubt causes you to get stuck in a cycle that makes you think it’s not even worth it to write. The only cure for this doubt in the writers block the comes with it is to continue writing and prove to yourself that you do have what it takes.

Something else that can cause writers block is a problem in the story. In this case, writers block is not so much a myth as it is a symptom of the problem. For example, you may have written something previously that doesn’t make sense with what you are currently writing. You may not even remember what that is, but your subconscious mind does. Sometimes you have to go back and figure out where that problem is and corrected before you can move on. However, pro writers will tell you to let the scene go where ever it is that it wants to go, and then worry about fixing the mistakes such as continuity later on.

People sometimes get stuck because they are trying to force characters to do things that they do not want to do. In other words, your subconscious mind knows the kind of character that you have created. In fact, your subconscious mind knows a lot more about your character than your conscious one does. When you try to force the character to do something that is against his or her nature, or does not make sense in the story, then you get stuck and you feel like you are forcing it. This can bring your story to a grinding halt as well.

The bottom line is that although writers block is not necessarily a myth, it is not as big of a problem as people think it is. In fact, you are the one that gives it all of its power. If you refuse to acknowledge the power of writers block and continue writing no matter what, you will find it has very little effect on you.

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5 Ways to Save Money When Self-Publishing a Book

5 Ways to Save Money on Self-Publishing

When it comes to self-publishing, you are responsible for all of the costs that are incurred with making your book ready for the mass market. But most authors that are self-publishing do not have the kind of budget that a major publishing house does. Putting out a book properly by yourself can be expensive. That means that you are going to have to find ways to save money on self-publishing, and some of these ways are going to have to be creative, out-of-the-box solutions that you might not have thought of otherwise. Here are five ways that you can save money on self-publishing.

Use Amazon’s KDP Program

The first way to save money is to use Amazon’s KDP program. Kindle Direct Publishing is Amazon’s publishing program, and all that is required for you to be able to list your book for sale on Amazon is that you upload the book, upload the cover, and then fill out all of the relevant information about your book such as the categories that it belongs in, the author name and various other factors. Amazon does not charge anything at all for the service.

Design the Cover Yourself

Another thing that you may be able to do to save money is design the book cover yourself. If you have Photoshop, and access to the Internet, then you can very easily learn how to create your own book cover design that will rival most of the signs that you will get you hire a designer. This is not always the case, because some people are just not able to create graphic designs in Photoshop, but many people find that they are talented in this area even when they think they are not.

Do the Editing Yourself

You also may want to do the editing of your book yourself. Most authors self-edit anyway, but the trick here is to put your work a way for several weeks and then come back to when you have completely forgotten about it and have a fresh mind. If you try to edit your work directly after you have finished it, you are going to find very few of the mistakes that you have made and you are not going to be able to look at your work objectively and be able to do any sort of real editing.

Find Cheap Ways to Promote Your Book

You can also find lots of cheap ways to promote your book. One of the best ways is to start becoming active in the Kindle boards forum with your books listed in your signature. That way, every time you make a post in the Kindle boards, you’re going to be advertising your books. There are lots of other ways that you can advertise your fiction or nonfiction for very little money.

Do a BookBub Promotion

Finally, you may want to consider doing a BookBub promotion. While this will likely cost you several hundred dollars, you are going to make at least that much back and probably a lot more. BookBub is one of the best ways to advertise your book, and it almost always results in a profit.

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How to create a book layout?

Content is king, but it is the waste until and unless it is not presented well. If the content is a vital thing, presentation to matters!!! There are some thumb rules and set of instructions; you need to follow while creating a layout for your book.

Points to consider when you create a book layout?
– How to make your book look more professional?
– Which fonts work best?
– Is your margin sufficiently large?
– How to set the desired page size?
As a self-publisher, you need to take points mentioned above into account.

Choose size
The page layout for your book file is similar to your Points to consider when you book cover designlayout?. When you choose ‘paper size’ you can change your format size in Word. (in Word). Most of the books that are not found in bookstores are printed ideally on A5 or 6 x 9 inches. Though there is no any compulsion for it and you can even print on larger sizes like A4, US Letter or a square of 21 x 21 cm.

Choose Font
If you choose a font size of 11 or 12 points, then it will be easier to read your text. Choosing a serif font typeface is also recommended. A serif font typeface has small features called serifs at the end of strokes. Letters will get more diversified with the use of such serifs and make them easily recognizable next to other letters. Serifs also enhance the readability of your text.
A serif typeface also improves the reading comfort as it guides the reader over the rules of text. Now you might understand that why these types of fonts are much often used in books and newspapers. The most well known and commonly used serif typeface is “Times New Roman.“ Still, you need top quality serif typeface, then choose for Garamond.

Determine margins
It is always advisable to keep your top, bottom, and outside margins at least 12,5mm. For the inside margins, you need to provide a little more margin because some part of your book get disappeared in the book spine. 20mm is a right and comfortable margin for the printer to place the book in the cover.

Formatting styles
In Word like, word processor software, you can make use of several styles. And further, these styles can be used for titles of chapters or paragraphs. Uniformity is the best advantage of working with styles throughout your document. You need not required continuously to set your layout choices. If you opt one of your styles, the complete text to which this style was applied, will change automatically.

Header- footer and page numbers
Undoubtedly, a page number is very much crucial for a book. The ideal placement for page numbers is center or bottom of the page. Rarely you find a page number in the middle of the right side of the book. So, you can easily insert page numbers where you see the ‘footer.’ You can also add a chapter reference on each page and can make use of ‘section breaks’ in the ‘page layout’ menu to add this in each header.

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Valentines approaching near: Love in Air

Hello, my name is Ewala. I come from the planet Alawe, in the galaxy Ewala, in the universe Alawe.

But the point is I tried. If you think you need to go to the bakery, please do so now, because I do not want to be interrupted while I tell you my story. …but anyway, I have been thinking about my happiness lately and have come to the conclusion that I am happy. This is annoying. If you saw a chicken as happy as me, I’ll replace it, and give you a full refund… no questions asked!
But that’s not the point. The point is I am battery operated.
Well, actually I am not.

Frogs enjoying their time in summer
Frogs enjoying their time in summer
But that’s not the point. What is the point?

“The point is everyone should have my game and timetable! screamed someone who I subsequently smacked across the face and decapitated before sending him home in a cardboard box.
Before I introduce myself, let me share with you a story. A story about me, and how great I am. But first, I think it would be appropriate to introduce myself. I am going to do this soon.

Woman and sunset
Woman and sunset

So, it all started, in a smelly house, north of Wellington, south of Arizona and east of where you are sitting right now. It was a dark night, with no birds nor chickens, and it was raining a silent rain. There were too many stars to count, and not enough clouds to cover them. I like chickens. But anyway, what was I doing in this smelly house?

“I was laughing at the boxes of dog food with you, remember!?” said Stevens grandma, but she was wrong. What was I doing? That’s right, I was writing this story. Now back to the story.
I needed to find something, so looked for it, and the most amazing thing happened!
I FOUND IT!!!
Guess what it was??? it was a piece of crispy bacon, which I dropped last Christmas. I thought the dog ate it, but I guess it didnt. There were many things over there where I always looked for things, but I didn’t like them, so I don’t know why I was always looking for them. But this thing I did like. And this thing, it liked me right back in the face.
But I don’t like things that like me. They smell funny. So I made it friends with it, seduced it, then strangled it in the night and ate it’s flesh. The bacon wasn’t happy with this, and laughed itself to sleep. But then in the plane, he needed to go pee, so I laughed myself to sleep as he pissed himself to wake. He was definitely awake when the plane started to fall. He was definitely going to fall with the plane, and he was definitely going to get lost again. And lost he did get. Lost in the eternal sea of human sadness, lyrically beautiful without the physical countenance to outweigh it’s inherent irony.
And that was where he found himself, lost in an abysmal abyss… That was where he found himself.
Joe Lopo was a man of mild temperament, short stature, and had the goal to become the world’s fastest telephone eater. Though Lopo never knew even basic physics, he created a telescope capable of sighting the smallest hair on an alien who lived quite a few lightyears away. Joe Lopo quickly destroyed a large boulder and used the shattered remains to form eight small statues that strongly

Statue of Liberty
Statue of Liberty

resembled tiny creatures being or related to the water flea. He placed them in a circular pattern to form a sort of shrine and placed the telescope in the middle of it. He then channeled the power of the stone water fleas into the telescope to view the power of the heavens. He was in a trance with the beauty of the mysterious dimension and didn’t even notice the very large tornado heading toward him.
He was taken to new levels of excitement, when he found himself. Oh what a day…. Oh …what a day. But this was to be expected, because he was not just random. He was ranDom with a capital D. But anyway, who cares about the bacon, this story is about me.
Me and my eternal instructions of destruction from underneath. Me and my inherent understanding of the ways of the universe.

Me and my happiness.
Me and my sadness.
Me, and my bacon.

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Once upon a time in the land of Fliggimites lived a happy little thing by the name of Joseph. Joseph once decided to go on an adventure and go atop the great mountain of Floosh to annoy the red dragon. And so he left, with his pal, Gandaarghlee the wizard, to Mount Floosh. Along the way he stole the golden toe ring of a guy named Walmart, and met many trolls and elves and dwarves and other odd mutated humanoid creatures, including this one guy made out of bologna that we didn’t like very much, so we laughed at him and he was sad.
So we finally reached the mountan of Floosh and hiked up to the top. Then the red dragon appeared and tossed us in the firy lava pit on the top, which hurt a lot, but by some chance we won the battle and were very happy, and then we hiked back home, but Walmart trapped us and ate us.