Writers' Ink at Caledon Public Library

Is the Sun About to Shine on Memoirists?

Memoir

There’s a healthy market for a tell-all memoir,” says Trish Todd, executive editor of Simon & Schuster, which two years ago started a self-publishing option, called Archway Publishing, for authors to publish their works for a price. For her publisher’s list Ms. Todd only accepts memoir submissions from book agent wins, but, in a nod to the power of memoirs, this publisher will release an e-book or printed book after helping select the winner of a memoir contest run by AARP and HuffPost 50, the Huffington Post’s website for older adults.

Wendy Salinger, a memoir course leader in NYC, says “Recent bare-all personal tales like ‘Wild’ in which Cheryl Strayed unsparingly examines her life during a gruelling hike on a Pacific Northwest trail, are inspiring more people to be increasingly candid about experiences that were once carefully hidden.” “There are a lot of scenes my students write that knock my socks off, because people have to look inward to be honest, and that can be very difficult.”

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