When Anna David got sober and sold a book about her recovery to the biggest publisher in the world, she thought she'd made it. She was wrong.
Still, after years of struggle and self-discovery, she ended up thriving personally and professionally. Now she's sharing what she's learned-and showing others how to do the same.
In this page-turning and useful memoir-meets-manual, David reveals her personal lows (doing cocaine by herself while contemplating suicide), her career lows (a past-his-prime celebrity hurling a phone at her as she wrote his biography) and how her life today wouldn't be possible without those experiences.
The last quarter of the book is a practical guide so that readers can make their own mess into a message-and memoir.
In this completely comprehensive "biz-oir" packed with proven and authentic tools and techniques, memoirists-in-the-making will travel with David on her journey from struggling addict to New York Times bestselling writer/entrepreneur and also learn:
-How to determine a memoir message and "why"
-How to select scenes
-The advantages and disadvantages of traditional and self-publishing
-How to come up with a title, rewrite a book and hire editors
-Potential legal concerns and how to avoid them
-How to gather blurbs, write acknowledgments and arrange for a foreword
-How to be set up for success on Amazon
-The importance of an Advanced Reader Team
And much more.
The best time to write a book was 10 years ago. The second best time is now.