Wednesday links: Marketing a memoir, lessons from the slush, and masterful voice

I love regularly reading tips and advice articles in certain subjects — particularly writing and publishing. I don’t always need the information right then, but I know that it’ll eventually come in handy. Or at least, I hope it will.

I know there are a lot of other people out there who feel the same way I do, but sometimes it can be difficult to find every useful advice article that’s out there. So I thought I’d bring you a few. Here are the tips and advice articles that jumped out at me the most over the past week.

  1. How to Market a Memoir: Top Tips from the Experts, from Reedsy: While similar to marketing a novel, marketing a memoir comes with its own challenges and opportunities. Here are a few tips to keep in mind. Excerpt: “If you write a memoir about leaving your home country of Canada, and spending 15 years working as a gardener for a wealthy family in Spain, well, you’ve got a host of niche groups who might be interested in your real-life accounts: Canadian gardeners, expats living in Spain, Mediterranean people interested in the lifestyles of the wealthy, etc.”
  2. Lessons from the Slush, from Katelyn Uplinger: Anyone who has spent time querying has likely wanted to know what goes on on the other side of the email chain. This post gives you one literary agency intern and assistant’s perspective. Excerpt: “Sure you get authors who don’t follow guidelines and aren’t in querying shape yet, but I was surprised by how many subs I read that had passable writing. I was expecting a lot more of it to be nowhere near ready.”
  3. A Look at Masterful Voice, from Live Write Thrive: A great voice can be a tricky element to get right. Once you master it, however, you’re one step closer to having a story that truly shines. Excerpt: “By voice, I think they mean not only a unique way of putting words together, but a unique sensibility, a distinctive way of looking at the world, an outlook that enriches an author’s oeuvre. They want to read an author who is like no other. An original. A standout. A voice.”

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