Write Your Story Even if You Can’t Write

The View from the SummitRecently I’ve been working with a 90-year-old woman on her memoirs. If you just glanced at the small, frail woman, you would never guess what she’s seen, where she’s been or what she’s accomplished in her life. Like most older people, she doesn’t carry a sign saying who she is, and those who don’t look beneath the aging face miss a lot.

To add to the complexity, she’s always been dyslexic. Like most differently abled children of her time, she didn’t get any support or sympathy for her difficulty with learning, or even a diagnosis that she could understand. She was labeled “stupid” for a large part of her early life. Because of that, she has a decidedly low confidence in her ability to write.

So how did she start working on her memoirs? Continue reading “Write Your Story Even if You Can’t Write”

Does someone you know want to write a memoir?

Elderly person writing a memoirEver had a writing project just pop up and take over your life? This month I’m going to tell you about the memory book I’m working on just now­ — partly because it’s taken over my head­ — but mainly because, now I come to think of it, you might be able to make money from something similar. Or make people happy for nothing if that’s your thing.

I’m compiling and publishing a little book for the family and friends of an acquaintance who died a year or so ago. Now, with the internet age and all, this particular project has been made simple by the fact that this pal left behind several thousand fascinating and witty emails. He was a member of an email list of a couple of hundred people, who all bickered and joked and swapped news and stories on a regular basis. After the nth person said, ‘I wish I could read his emails again, they were so funny,’ I realised that we could actually do it. Continue reading “Does someone you know want to write a memoir?”

Good Help Can Be Hard To Find

The old adage is true. It can be hard to find good help. If you’re looking for editing, proofing, cover design, etc, it can be hard to separate the wheat from the chaff.

While lots of service providers have a great sales pitch, their quality doesn’t always match up. Recommendations from friends are sometimes helpful, but your mileage may vary.

Unfortunately, there is no substitute for doing your own homework when it comes to these things. However, as a jumping off point, here are a few folks you can check out:

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New Edition

An editorial service for writers, especially beginners. Low rates.

http://newedition.ca

 

Steady Hand Communications – JD Mader

Freelance: articles, ghostwriting, SEO content. Original writing. Fast turn-around.

http://steadyhandcommunications.blogspot.com

 

 

Laurie Boris

Copyediting and proofreading. Free beta reads and sample edits. Reasonable rates.

http://laurieboris.com

 

Be Write There

Providing people-focused proofreading, editing and copywriting services at flexible rates.

http://www.bewritethere.com

Jim Devitt

Freelancer specializing in healthcare articles, Sales/Marketing, Social Media, copywriting, SEO. Contact for quotes.

http://jimdevitt.blogspot.com/

Looking for a little help?

Indies Unlimited does not endorse  any specific services, products, or organizations. Interested parties should always research a vendor before paying for services.

New Edition

An editorial service for writers, especially beginners. Low rates.

http://newedition.ca

 

Steady Hand Communications

Freelance: articles, ghostwriting, SEO content. Original writing. Fast turn-around.

http://steadyhandcommunications.blogspot.com

 

Rosanne Dingli

Rosanne Dingli

Rosanne Dingli edits and formats for paperback and ebook. She has good industry experience and happy clients.

http://www.rosannedingli.com/editing-services.php

 

Laurie Boris

Copyediting and proofreading. Free beta reads and sample edits. Reasonable rates.

http://laurieboris.com

 

Be Write There

Providing people-focused proofreading, editing and copywriting services at flexible rates.

http://www.bewritethere.com

Jim Devitt

Freelancer specializing in healthcare articles, Sales/Marketing, Social Media, copywriting, SEO. Contact for quotes.

http://jimdevitt.blogspot.com/

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