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Hello Susan,
 Well, my name is cerelle an i want so bad to write a autobiograohy but i just don't no how to start the book can u please help me. I have alot of things to write about.Please help

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Hi, Cerelle!

I saw your question in the pool and thought I'd offer to help. I don't write memoirs (the "technical" name for an autobiography in the publishing trade) myself, but know a bunch of people who do.

There's a great thread on a writing forum I visit a lot about the best "how-to" books for writing memoirs. It might help to read it and write down some of the book titles, since learning HOW to write one is sort of what you're looking for.

Here's a link to get you started, and you might want to wander around the "Life Story Writing" room where this thread sits. You can go into the main room by scrolling to the top of this link and looking for the "Life Story Writing" link in the pale blue box, just above the "Post Reply" button.

http://www.absolutewrite.com/forums/showthread.php?t=68500&highlight=getting+sta

You might have to cut and paste the link into your browser in case it doesn't hyperlink in your email browser.

You'll notice when you visit that a lot of the people on the thread are published authors (and more than one are New York Times best selling memoir authors!) so you'll definitely get good advice there.

Hope that helps a little. Feel free to ask any other questions that come up, and good luck! :)

Cathy

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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.

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