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