Breathtaking New Memoir! It Shows Dyslexia Behind the Scenes

Hey folks! I’m excited to announce the release of a new memoir by Pangloss Press: Business Cards and Shoe Leather, by Larry Vaughn, with me, Ruby Peru. This touching memoir is about dyslexia, the cooperative mindset, and running an ethical business. Business Cards and Shoe Leather is a great example of the kind of work … Read moreBreathtaking New Memoir! It Shows Dyslexia Behind the Scenes

Caitlin Moran’s Memoir a Triumph

Three cheers for Caitlin Moran’s memoir, How to Be a Woman, which had me laughing all the way through and on into the night! Meet Writer Caitlin Moran With a precocious start as a teen music writer, she went on to write a column for The Times for nearly two decades. You can study lots of … Read moreCaitlin Moran’s Memoir a Triumph

Don’t Manufacture Trauma in Memoir

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    I want to talk about Abby Wambach’s memoir and why I didn’t really like it, but I’m quite sure what’s wrong with Wambach’s memoir isn’t her fault. It’s probably her agent’s, publisher’s, and editor’s faults. It all has to do with the fact that America has an obsession with trauma in memoir. In fact, I’m … Read moreDon’t Manufacture Trauma in Memoir

Memoir Propelled Bourdain to Fame

Anthony Bourdain, rest his soul, was a writer in the true sense of the word. That is to say, he wasn’t so much a “writer” as someone who had a lot to write about. His background in the restaurant industry inspired his first book, Kitchen Confidential. That memoir, in turn, led to a career that grew … Read moreMemoir Propelled Bourdain to Fame

Perfection is Deadly, but Forbidden Confessions Enliven Memoir

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Here we go again with the never-ending sequence of blogs about Megyn Kelly’s memoir, Settle for More. (see this one and that one) I promise this will be the last, but I have to comment on the mistake of subtracting the drama from memoir. I read the last third of the book and found to … Read morePerfection is Deadly, but Forbidden Confessions Enliven Memoir

A Moralizing Memoir is a Dirty Trick

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Back to Megyn Kelly’s memoir, Settle for More. (here’s my first blog on the subject) I’m going to refine my criticism of it in the previous blog, just because I went ahead and read the second third of the book. I can now state unequivocally: a moralizing memoir like this one really annoys me. The … Read moreA Moralizing Memoir is a Dirty Trick

Memoir Tip: Don’t be a Hero in every Story

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I ghostwrite memoirs, they often ask if I write celebrity memoirs. Actually, what I do is very different from your typical celebrity memoir, because unlike celebrity ghostwriters, I tell my clients: don’t be the hero of every story. This is a handy memoir tip … Read moreMemoir Tip: Don’t be a Hero in every Story

“Reviews” Versus “Critiques”

I am being driven crazy, and the ones doing it are so-called friends: people that I ask to read my novel Bits of String Too Small to Save and leave an Amazon Review. Ahem … people don’t seem to know the difference between a critique and a review. This fact may finally be my undoing. … Read more“Reviews” Versus “Critiques”

A Memoir Shouldn’t Preach

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Started talking to an enthusiastic new author yesterday, and the work ties nicely into this blog. Here is something you might already know: show don’t tell. Though I think the concept is better expressed: experience, don’t philosophize. Show don’t tell is a writing tip you can get in any book or site dealing with writing basics, but let’s take a look at how the old adage applies to writing (or ghostwriting, in my case) a memoir or any first person account of events. Keep in mind that I’m assuming you aren’t writing a book of essays but a book that you want to read like a novel–something where the characters grab you, suspense builds, and readers are eager to turn that page and see what happens next.

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