What I am currently reading: Into Thin Air
I am going to spend the next couple of couple of blog entries focusing on Memoirs because it is a very hot genre right now. During our monthly Northern Colorado Writers coffee, 1/3 of the 12 writers present, are writing memoirs. I figured with the whole James Frey and Margaret Seltzer fiasco's, the publishing world would be sprinting in the opposite direction of this genre. Apparently that's not the case.
On a blog entry from June 4 in ForeWord Magazine, Derek Anderson, publisher for Kunati Books wrote:
"When I look at our book list, I see a dozen memoirs. So, clearly, we don’t believe they’re "out." They sell well. They are not famous people—just important stories from real people with genuine writing talent. Such as Mothering Mother:: an important story of a daughter coping with her mother’s Alzheimer’s. And Paul Cook’s new memoir Cooked in LA: a stunning story of addiction to fame, alcohol and drugs. And most certainly Wendy Aron’s amazing Hide and Seek, both a memoir and a story of recovery from one of America’s most debilitating conditions: depression.
Clearly, we don’t believe memoirs are dead. Today, I saw Publisher’s Weekly described Memoirs as “Unstoppable” and cited bidding wars on memoirs. “Publishers continue to snap up memoirs, undermining the perception that the genre is embattled in this post-Frey, post-Seltzer era.” Indies, of course, knew this long ago. It's not news to us."
So, if you are writing a memoir, the take-away is to keep writing. Study the genre and what is out there and strike while the market is hot.
My next entry will be on getting started with your memoir.