Does Your Memoir Title Pack a Punch?

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   ” Next in importance to books are the titles.”  ~Frank Crane     We all know that a book’s title and its cover need to pack a punch right away. No matter how great our story may be, it will be the title and cover that sell it to the reader. The title and the book cover are a promise to our readers. When I think of my own reading habits and what goes into my decision to read a new book, I know the title and book cover matter. I’m going to think out loud here and then ask for your input. In the five years I have been writing my memoir, I have accrued a list of working titles that seemed to fit at the time. These two stuck for a while, the latter has been my current working title until...

Guide for Memoir Writers: Twitter Hashtags to Market Your Book + How to Use Them by Ann Smarty

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Ann Smarty/@seosmarty   It is my pleasure to introduce you to Ann Smarty. Ann is the blogger and community manager at Internet Marketing Ninjas. Ann’s expertise in blogging and tools serve as a base for her writing, tutorials and her guest blogging project, MyBlogGuest.com. Since writing our books is only one part of our role as writers today, I’m thrilled Ann has agreed to help us all out with using social media to extend our reach.   Welcome, Ann!     Utilizing Twitter Hashtags Before you start reading this article, you need to check out Kathy’s post “Using Twitter Strategically: It’s All About Making Meaningful Connections” because it discusses the initial stage of...

Reflections on Hands: A Memoir Moment

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler   ” The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands.”  Carolyn Forche, The Country Between Us.     I just returned from a women’s weekend retreat where I participated in a session on working with clay. The purpose of the session was to experience the transformative power of molding something out of a mound of clay so as to get in touch with the artist within. I started rolling the lump of brown clay into a ball feeling the soft clay against my palms and fingers. As soft music played in the background, Sister Sue spoke in soothing, measured phrases about getting in touch with our own creative energies and all our God-given gifts that need to come forth....

8 Tips for Being Kind and Gentle When Writing Memoir by Ken Myers

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler with Ken Myers/@kenneymyers   “Feelings are everywhere–be gentle.” J. Masai   It is my pleasure to introduce Ken Myers to you and feature him in this guest post. Ken describes himself as an executive in the care industry–childcare, senior care, pet care–a poet, a Christian as well as a husband, father and entrepreneur. He contacted me to do a guest post and I initially told him I didn’t think his message matched by brand. But when he told me he was working on his own memoir, it was BINGO! I like what he has to say about this universal concern all memoir writers have. I hope you will enjoy it and will share your thoughts.   Welcome, Ken!     Be Gentle and Kind When...

Crossing the Cultural Divide: From Insanity to Serenity

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler I am honored to be over at Janet Givens’ blog this week with a guest post. Janet is writing a PeaceCorps memoir, At Home on the Kazakh Steppe” about her time in Kazakhstan. She wrote about the challenges of writing a Peace Corps memoir  in this guest post. As she  loves to point out, cultural differences, are all around us.  And those that cause her to gasp and yell, “Oh, no” are among her favorites. Janet says, “depending upon where and how we grew up, the ways in which we view the world — even among Americans — can vary tremendously.  What we see as  right and wrong, good and bad, fun or not, are moderated by what we came to believe was “normal.” “How we maneuver...

7 Memoir Writing Tips for Writing with Intention

Posted by Kathleen Pooler/@kathypooler     “ Writing with intention will give you a clear sense of purpose your book serves and what you’d like to do with it.”  Paula Margulies, Book Publicity and Promotion Expert from this  Writer’s Edge blog post.           I found my word for 2014!   As many others announced the one word that would guide them in the new year, I came up empty.   But, the word “intention” has been bubbling inside of me for a while and I have claimed it as my guide for the year.   What a relief.  I was beginning to get frustrated with myself for not being able to identify the one word that would capture what I wanted and needed my writing to do as I move forward.   As I travel through the various...

How Music Led Me to Memoir Writing by Robin Gaiser

Posted by Kathleen Pooler /@kathypooler with Robin Gaiser/@RobinGaiser    “Music gives wings to the mind, a soul to the universe, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, a life to everything.”  Plato   It is my pleasure to introduce therapeutic musician and memoir writer Robin Gaiser in this guest post about how music led her to write a memoir. Robin and I meet through a mutual friend who over lunch one day had mentioned she had a friend who was writing a memoir. After chatting on the phone, Robin and I knew we had a lot in common. Robin has a fascinating story to tell about how her ministry as a therapeutic musician inspired her to start sharing her stories. Her upcoming memoir, Doorways  is a work-in-progress. She has completed her first draft...