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I've just finished my memoir about a time when I was heavily involved in drugs and basically destroyed my relationship with a lot of my family. Now I was wondering, is a query for a memoir the same for a fiction novel. When writing a hook for it, do we still talk in third person? Or do we talk in first person since it's a memoir and the book is written in first person. How is a query letter for a memoir different from a fiction novel, if any difference at all. Thank you.

Hi, Brandon!

First, Congratulations on finishing your memoir, and for getting through a rough period in your life! That's an accomplishment all on its own.

Memoirs are sort of a tricky hybrid of fiction and non-fiction and they have their own style of query. I don't write them myself, but I know of a couple good places on the web where you can get advice about writing them. Hope these help:


Wander down to the bottom of the page for the information about memoirs.


Stick around Miss Snark's site and read some more of the topics. You'll learn a TON about the process. Her advice is solid gold!


Another agent, another place to spend time to read up. Worth your time and will save you a ton of time in the process.

Hope these help and little and feel free to ask any other questions that might come up!


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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.


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

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