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Most memoirists tell their own stories, often because they feel the need to vindicate themselves and other times for catharsis or self-actualization. But there are stories about people and cultures that, if they are not recorded, might be lost to the rest of the world—people who deserve to be remembered, histories that should not be sacrificed in the name of progress.
Walls says it took her more than 25 years of agonizing over the “intensely personal” and “potentially embarrassing” childhood experiences before she managed to approach her story in a constructive way, and then it took another 3 to 4 years of rewrites before the book was ready for publication.
Ever since “dropping out” to go sailing at age 40, I have been fascinated by the opportunities for personal growth that arise when you step outside your comfort zone, when you are forced to look at your own cultural norms and values from a different perspective.
If I stacked up the pages of book summaries along with the chapters I have written over the past three years, I’m convinced the pile would hit the ceiling. The main message or theme of my work-in-progress memoir has changed that many times. In fact, the more I wrote, the more it changed because the story unfolded as I wrote. It revealed itself and all I had to do is show up and trust in the process.
“I’ve had a long history with conventional publishing and like most authors, I suspect, I had both good stories and bad stories to tell. So I decided to self-publish my mystery series, and in doing so I was tackling a bit of a mystery of my own, plunging into a whole new world in which I would not only be the author, but the editor, publicist, and marketer as well.”
You can read Brad's new blog project where he, as a gay author, is chronicling his journey reading the Bible for the first time: The Bible Project. As a resident in a gentrifying neighborhood, his novel - This Too Shall Pass - grew out of his concern for what constitutes a community and the types of tests that bring out the best and worst in the people who reside there.
Effective book publicity relies on strong promotional messages, which are extracted from the themes contained in your writing that, collectively, make up the premise of the story.