THE MEMOIR PROJECT is the name of my new book. Accompanied by the subtitle, A Thoroughly Non-Standardized Text for Writing & Life, the book’s title reflects it contents – a little irreverent, while being very how-to about writing what you know. When it was time to give a title to the book, those words seemed to sum it up best.
After all, you want people to “get” the book right from the title. And they seem to be doing just that. I received a really wonderful boost from Poets & Writers, a magazine I’ve read and adored for more than 30 years. (In fact, I once had a t-shirt with their logo, and I remember that I was 21 at the time, so it’s a long love affair). They not only featured the video on their fabulous site, but ran a few lines of real praise.
Though perhaps nothing made me quite so happy as getting a great review in Kirkus, that ever-hard-to-please trade magazine read by book stores and libraries, as a guide to what to buy. Thank you, Kirkus. I promise to live up to your fine words in all my teaching. And speaking of teaching, I was invited to do just that on the ever-marvelous site BookPage, where they let me publish what I call my Memoir Manifesto.
On Blog Talk Radio last week, my sister, Margaret Roach, and I were interviewed for an hour. And early into that interview we realize that of all the wacky things we’ve done together – including writing a blog in tandem – that we’d never been interviewed together, despite having written 6 books between the two of us, as well as countless magazine articles, and having appeared separately on many of the same TV shows, including MARTHA. Margaret was able to bring real depth to the conversation on memoir, having just published one of her own.
While on air this week, Margaret said some very surprising (to me) things about being my sister. Have a listen, and you’ll learn something about why we call our blog She Said, She Said.
So what does all this mean? That the book is out. Finally out. It’s a much-improved version of the self-published edition we put out last year entitled Realia, and along with that new title, it has a new publisher, Grand Central, who I adore, and new pages that include an algorithm for how to make a story interesting to others. Don’t believe me? It’s foolproof, I promise, and I hope you’ll check it out in the new book.
These days you’ll find that all my memoir writing content has migrated to a new site, www.marionroach.com, and that here, on TSP, I’ll be concentrating on the myriad topics of the sisterhood. And why not? I know a thing or two about it.
Please stay tuned. There’s so much more to come.