Sarah Glazer Looks at Motherhood in the Norwegian Paradise and is Envious
How often do you call up a male economist to find out he’s too busy feeding his 11-month old and his kindergartener to come to the phone for an interview? I’m not just talking about helping out. This economist is in the 3rd month of his 6-month parental leave while his wife is back at work.
Ok it’s a trick question. This economist lives in the Nordic Nirvana of Norway. He and his wife were…Continue
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Earlier in the week, a She Writes reader made an astute comment on one of my posts.
“Much of what you say I've heard before," wrote Julie Farrar. "I don't mean that in a negative way. It is just universal writing wisdom -- if you want to write, then just write.”
Julie is absolutely correct in this comment. The first six points of my Memoir…Continue
The day before yesterday I received a note from my publisher saying that copies of my book had arrived in the warehouse, and that I could begin announcing its publication. Though my official date of publication is March 1, 2012, the baby’s come early. It’s a strange and great feeling to know that my book is now ready for readers.
The process of…Continue
Although it may be true that incoming links reign for pulling traffic to an author’s website, a writer still needs to have desirable content to get those links. So what is it, exactly, that makes content desirable? Is it subject matter? Writing style? Graphics? Formatting?
It is none of these.
The most desirable content is that which draws traffic for its author.
Think of it this way. If offering content…Continue
It’s Day Four in my guest editing week at SheWrites, and it’s time to let you in on a little secret. The topics we cover today are the least favorites of my students. Nobody likes these, which suggests that these are the most important of all ten points on my Memoir Manifesto.
So let’s master them, shall we?
On Monday, I began my week as the visiting editor at SheWrites by publishing my Memoir Manifesto, a ten point list of what I like to think of as suggestions for memoir writers, though given the word “manifesto,” these might sound more like demands. You decide.
No matter what you call them, these points were hard-won, coming out of writing four books, countless magazine pieces, and more than a dozen National Public Radio essays, all of which include a large dose of memoir.
Book marketing is a lot like sales, and as any successful salesperson will tell you, it's often a numbers game. In other words, the more people you contact, the better chance you have of getting a response. However, before you fire off a bunch of emails, I strongly recommend creating a system to track your efforts. It will keep you organized, and it will also keep you from inadvertently…Continue
NO MORE WRITING EXERCISES. I mean it. If you are going to learn to write memoir, you need to learn to write with intent. To do so, the first step is to chuck out any writing prompts or exercises you are using, and write for real.
When you practiced with prompts, something always flowed, though all of it remains in some notebook. Much like playing tennis with a pro who hits every shot right to you, those exercises convinced you that you had this writing thing nailed. But then you found…Continue
There is an old saying that most men would rather have you hear their story than grant their wish. I’m fairly sure that can be said of all of us, especially when I see how much memoir is being written these days. I’m also fairly sure that those writers who struggle when writing memoir do so because while they desire to tell their stories, they try to tell too much too fast.
Maybe I can help.
I’ve been teaching memoir writing for about 15 years, at last count to more than one…Continue
When I learned that my publisher decided to let One Person/Multiple Careers go out of print just a few months after its second printing, I didn't know what to make of it. The book hadn't sold millions of copies, but it had sold thousands, had a loyal following -- and garnered continuous media attention around the world.
As someone who spends a lot of time talking about the book business with other…Continue
Word City Word Lab prompt:
"I've never been here before..."
Full disclosure: both Kathleen Sweeney and I have secret hiding places in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Most likely we can blame The Mixed of Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, which both of us read somewhere between Ramona and Harriet the Spy. I’ve been coming here since fifth grade,…Continue
A short while ago, on Facebook no less, I happened on the news that the writer Christa Wolf had died—on December 1, in Berlin, at the age of 82. I am still reeling from the shock, not just the shock of her death but the shock of my not having known about her death for over six weeks. How could this have happened? Christa Wolf, originally of the GDR, is a writer whose words I have lived by, more or less consciously, for almost thirty years. No other living writer did as much to shape my…Continue
Out of our Word City Studio collaborations, sometimes an appreciation for inspiring fragments would hit suddenly. For Kathleen Sweeney, this would often translate into a video doodle of sorts. Says Kathleen: "NYC is one of those places you can never fully know. First of all, it's too big. That's the obvious part. Then there's the ever-changing nature of the architecture. Something new is always under construction. But even on those streets you think you know, even in those grid-sequences you…Continue
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I teach a family memoir class at NYU and, year after year, it’s always over-enrolled. The twenty year-olds carry around a limitless store of tales about their parents, their siblings, and the wrongs they’ve been done. But will they publish them? Probably not right away. A public airing of past struggle can be therapeutic in a class, but terrifying in the broader arena of publication—especially when that struggle implicates the living. Relatives, after all, are easily hurt or angered, they…Continue
Word City Studio found ourselves looking for the Poet's Walk, a series of plaques embedded in cracked sidewalks which was created by the New York Public Library in Midtown, NYC. Thousands of people pour over every day without taking the slightest notice. What better place to stop in our tracks to observe and…Continue
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Cross Sixth Avenue (Avenue of the Americas) at 10th Street, headed west, and you'll stumble straight into the Jefferson Market library, a castle of a place that used to be a women's prison. Around the corner is a little street, with another little street...
Meet Patchin Place, a cul-de-sac houses,…Continue
The other day, I had coffee with Jennifer Wilkov, an award-winning writer and host of the popular "Your Book Is Your Hook"radio show. She also runs a successful business helping authors navigate the writing and publishing process. I told her about the blog I've been writing for aspiring authors and asked her what advice she'd give specifically to self-published authors.
She said hands down the two most common mistakes…Continue
“Even now, when the phone rings late at night, I think it’s her. I stumble out of bed ready for the worst. The last time my mother called was in 1990. I was thirty-one and living in Chicago. …
The first collaboration I'd like to share with you is one that Kathleen Sweeney and I embarked upon at the St. John the Divine Cathedral, in Manhattan. St. John the Divine is a holy place of contemplation, and this time one reflects on The Value of Water: the art of water, the scarcity of water, and the sanctity of water. Dozens of artists are shown together, smattered throughout the far flung chapels and corners, creating a unique convergence of meditation around that compound of hydrogen…Continue
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