Autobiography: You've written it. Now what?

The achievement of reconstructing the story of your life through memoir writing is often its own reward. But then who is your audience? For many memoirists, figuring out what to do with the finished product can be the biggest challenge of all.

If you hope to nab a big publishing deal and follow in the footsteps of someone like Angela's Ashes author Frank McCourt, you'll have to ask some hard questions about your book first. "Publishers decide on the basis that no one reads anymore. So they ask, 'Can we promote this?'" cautions Tristine Rainer, founder of the Center for Autobiographic...

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