Exceptional Memoir Editing
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I specialize in memoir, as an editor and a reader. I believe memoir has the power to move readers more profoundly than other genres, and I respect the form. I have been working with memoirists for years, and have seen my clients' stories transform into memoirs that give beautiful voice to the events of their lives and inspire others.
You are not just another client to me. You will have my undivided attention and my deep respect and thoughtful guidance. Click here to email me today, and let's talk about how we can work together to make this the year you finally write your memoir. Scroll down the page for more information about ways we can work together, what my clients say, and a little bit about me.
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EXCEPTIONAL MEMOIR EDITING SERVICES
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How well is your book working? It’s hard for any writer to see his or her own work clearly, and it’s even harder for memoirists, since you are not only the writer but the subject. My feedback is designed to help you get to the next step.
Every book deserves careful editing, and I specialize in editing your book in a way that retains your voice and what makes it special, while polishing it to its best effect.
I’m reading The Good Soldier by Ford Madox Ford; I’ve always wanted to read Ford, and when one of the four book clubs I belong to selected it, I finally had my chance. This book is reliably called one of the most influential books of the 20th century, and while I’m a little surprised by that, it is extraordinary[…]
More than any other genre, memoir relies heavily on the writer’s voice. If you try to tell your story in a voice that isn’t your own, the result will be inauthentic.That doesn’t mean you write exactly as you speak, but it does mean that the story you tell must be your personal, specific lens on[…]
The travel memoir is an established subgenre, and often great fun to read. Paul Theroux‘s marvelous travel memoir, Riding the Iron Rooster: By Train Through China, was the first memoir I ever read, and it set my love of memoir into action 25 years ago. He begins his year-long train trip in London, and travels on to Mongolia,[…]
One of the many challenges in writing memoir is dealing with time in all its difficulties. There is the simple challenge of memory, of the question of presenting things ‘accurately.’ Unless you have spent your life with a tape recorder and video camera attached to yourself, your memoir will be today’s reconstruction of events from[…]
It’s not uncommon to hear literary analysts say that short stories are harder to write than novels, because of the need for compression and concision. Poetry takes this to a finer point, because a poem necessarily compresses the language into its most granular level. Poets see the world in a grain of sand, as William[…]
People often think memoir is the complete telling of one’s life — beginning to end, soup to nuts, birth to the current moment. And to be sure, some are! A memoir must do more than that, of course, but the simple chronological telling of a life’s events is only one form a memoir can take.[…]