You are here:

Writing Books/Writing a book

Advertisement


Question
I am writing a true story of my experience,strength, and hope.  I have searched for my biological father and finally found him with a death certificate and then searched for his family.  This book will be about that search and the things I overcame growing up from having a baby at 15 yrs old to abusive relationships and overcoming drug abuse.  I want to know if this will be a good topic?

Answer
Hi, Jessica!

Sorry for the delay in responding. My internet's down at home, so I have to try to hit a public terminal from time to time until the satellite gets repaired.

Anyway, if the book---called a "Memoir" is important to you, then it's a good topic. The trick is whether it can compete in the marketplace for buyer dollars. Only a publisher can determine that, and the only way to know is to write it and try it out. :)

Once you have it written, write back and I'll let you know where to go from there.  If you're not sure HOW to write it, spend some time in your local bookstore or library reading other memoirs (especially bestsellers.) You'll figure out really quickly what elements in a book grab readers attention.  There's also a good book that can help you get started, called "Turning Memories into Memoirs"  Here's a link:

http://www.amazon.com/Turning-Memories-into-Memoirs-Lifestories/dp/0961937327

Hope that helps, and good luck!

Cathy

Writing Books

All Answers


Answers by Expert:


Ask Experts

Volunteer


Cathy Clamp

Expertise

I'm happy to answer questions about any aspect of writing novels, from the beginning kernel of an idea through completion. I can help with writing a query letter and synopsis to an agent or editor. I can explain publishing terminology and acronyms. I can also assist with questions about verifying the credentials of agents/publishers and how to proceed once you've been accepted for publication. I can teach the rules of formatting a manuscript, creating viable plots, characterization and flow in the following genres: romance, science fiction, fantasy, thrillers, suspense, horror, women's fiction, mainstream and mystery.

Experience

I'm a USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy and paranormal romance for Tor/Forge Books. Along with a co-author, I've published fifteen novels (combination of mass market and trade softcover) since 2003, and have contracts for four more books through 2011.

Organizations
Romance Writers of America, Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, International Thriller Writers, Western Outdoor Writers, Horror Writers of America.

Publications
Tor/Forge Books, Western Reflections Publishing, BenBella Books, Running Press, Wild Child Publishing. Many others.

Education/Credentials
My educational background is limited to real life experience of publishing novels commercially for the past five years.

Awards and Honors
USA Today bestseller, Waldenbooks Mass Market Paperback Top 20 bestseller, Nielsen BookScan Top 20 bestseller, RT BOOKreviews Career Achievement Award winner, 2009, Book Buyers Best Award for Paranormal, Romantic Times Best Werewolf Novel, Write Touch Readers Award, EVVY Best Historical Chronicle Award, The Lories Best Paranormal. Many others.

©2016 About.com. All rights reserved.