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How to Effectively Publish Your Life Story

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Publishing one’s life story is usually a dream for many writers. It is an opportunity to share key aspects about one’s life, and gain influence as a writer as well. If you are interested in publishing your life story, you should be as prepared as possible. While the thought of publishing a life story is fun, it is still a tricky undertaking.

Here are some tips on how to publish your life story.

1. Choose a genre

If you are going to publish your life story, you should make sure to choose a genre for your life story. While you should tell your life story in the most original way possible, it is still important that you choose a genre. This will make your life story easier to categorize and market in the long run. Some great genres that you could use are autobiographies, motivational books, memoirs, and essay collections.

2. Select the best publishing option

Aside from choosing the right genre for publishing your life story, it is important that you select the best publishing options. For first time writers, the two best publishing options are traditional publishing and self-publishing. If you are going to publish your life story through a traditional publishing house, you should not expect to get started right away. Remember that traditional publishers are very picky when it comes to the books that they will publish. This is because they will publish their author’s books themselves. They will also pay for the whole process as well. If you are going to choose the traditional book publishing method, you may wait for a long time before you do get your life story published.

On the other hand, if you are going to self-publish your life story, you could get started right away. You will also be in charge of the whole process. However, you will also have to do most of the work and pay for the whole process as well. Overall, both options have their upsides and downsides. It is up to you to weight them and choose.

3. Look through old journals and diaries

Before you start writing your life story, you should do as much research as possible. Remember that you will be showing key aspects of your life. While you have lived your life, there will still be times where you forget key details. These details may be dates, or people involved with a specific event. In these cases, you should make sure to fact check. The best ways to fact check on your life, is to look through old journals and diaries. By doing so, you will have a fount of information about your life, and use them to double check key aspects of your life that you may have forgotten about.

4. Create an outline

Once you have gathered all the necessary pieces of information about your life, it is important that you create an outline. Remember that your readers don’t really know who you are, so it is up to you to introduce yourself, and expand on the subject that is your life. Remember that you won’t be able to show every aspect of your life, so you should make sure to cover only the most important aspects. By using a detailed outline, you will still be able to cover all the bases without sharing too much information about yourself.

5. Fact check

Before you send out your life story to be published, it is important that you take the time to fact check your work. Take the time to check the facts of your life story as much as possible. If you are going to talk about a specific event in history, you should make sure that you cite the right sources, and use the right location and dates. Remember that you are going to show your work to the world, so it is important that all the facts are as well-researched and accurate as possible.

6. Take your time with the process

As you write about your life story, you should make sure to take your time with the process. Although you may be excited to publish your work, it is important that you don’t rush the process. Remember that you will be writing a book on your life story. This means there will be a great deal of writing and double checking before you will deem your life story as ready for publishing.

Conclusion

If you are thinking of publishing your life story, you should make sure you know what you are doing. Remember that publishing your life story will not only be technically difficult, it is also very revealing. With this article, you will know how to publish your life story the right way.

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