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Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Introducing NewMemoirs.com: An Offer to You


Have you written and/or published a memoir?

If so, please read on.

NewMemoirs.com is all about new memoirs, both published and unpublished.

This is not a review site. In other words, I will not review your memoir, but I am offering you a highly targeted web space where you can blurb and brag about your new memoir.

For free.

Once your blurb appears on this site, it will remain here, unless you request that it be removed.

No obligation, ever. In fact, I have nothing to sell.

So why am I doing this?

  1. I am a writer who has written a memoir that I'm trying to shop around, so in 2007 I registered the domain NewMemoirs.com. My hope: to use the site to convince agents and editors to represent my memoir I, Driven: a teen's memoir of involuntary commitment. I was going to keep this site all to myself, but then I started thinking: why not offer web space to other writers who also have their memoirs to shop around and sell?


  2. To be honest, this is not an entirely a selfless offer. The internet is all about numbers; the more relevant pages a site has, the higher it ranks in the search engines, which means higher traffic to the site. So you see, it's a win-win situation for everyone who has a spot on this site. We will all get better exposure, which is all we really want for our books. In exchange for a highly targeted web space, you are giving me free content for my website. On the internet, content is king, and targeted free content is the best kind yet.


  3. You will see tasteful ads on this page, but never pop-up, pop-under, slide-across, or "Welcome to My Page" ads. I don't like those annoyances either and have no intention of filling my sites with such irritating nonsense. If you ever see those kinds of ads on my pages, let me know, and I'll make sure that they are removed. Furthermore, web surfers who land on this site are never under any obligation to click on any of the ads.

So are you interested? If so, I'll need some text, which must be pasted in your email to me, and a photograph from you (thus, no email attachments except for the photograph).

For already-published memoirs:

  • Title of your memoir with full publication data: date, publisher, number of pages, ISBN number, price, and an ordering information link. This info can be obtained from Amazon and/or your publisher. If your memoir is self-published and printed, you may have your ordering information placed directly on your web space.


  • A blurb, 100-250 words, about your memoir.


  • Your full name and bio, about 100 words, or a link to your longer online bio.


  • If applicable, one book review of your memoir.


  • One photo of your book cover (attached as a JPEG file). Be sure to give credit to the photographer and cover designer, even if it's a friend, relative, or just you..


  • A short excerpt from the memoir, no more than 500 words.


  • A link to your web page. Not required, but a reciprocal link to www.NewMemoirs.com on your web page would be greatly appreciated.


  • Email your text and photograph to me.


For unpublished memoirs:

  • An open letter to agents and publishers (see sample--my own open letter), with a compelling opening, title of your memoir, number of manuscript pages, and other pertinent information.


  • Your full name and bio, about 100 words, or a link to your longer online bio.


  • If applicable, one pre-publication book review of your manuscript.


  • One photo that captures the spirit of your memoir (attached as a JPEG file). Just be sure that you own the rights to the photograph or have permission to use it. Be sure to give credit to the photographer, even if it's a friend, relative, or just you.


  • A short excerpt from the manuscript, no more than 500 words.


  • A link to your web page. Not required, but a reciprocal link to www.NewMemoirs.com on your web page would be greatly appreciated.


  • Email your text and photograph to me.


Other than running a quick spell check, I will not be editing your work, so please make sure that your text is exactly the way you want it; due to time constraints, I will not be able to go back and do edits on your page.

Please read the disclaimer on NewMemoirs.com.

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