Memoir Timeline

Have you ever wondered how long it will (or should!) take you to write your memoir?

At Soleil Lifestory Network, we have come up with a timeline that is realistic for any writer who wishes to write a memoir that doesn’t get stuck in endless rewriting.

Realistically, how much time ought you budget from idea conception to independent publication? Well, to be honest, it’s a good chunk, but anything that is worth doing requires sacrifice. Given that we are talking of a memoir writer who is serious about producing a book for his/her family, we think around two years. (Add another year or two if you are not self-publishing but seeking commercial publication.) There is no reason a memoir project ought to be endless. With dedication on the part of the writer and help from a coach, editor, or co-author, your memoir project can move right along.

Two years may be all you need to leave a written legacy for your family. Here’s the choice: two years are going to go by and you can have a published memoir in your hands at that time or you can be moaning about how long it takes to write a memoir. The choice is yours: in two years, a book, or in two years, no book!

Learn more, call 207-353-5454 today for a free consultation or visit Soleil Book and Manuscript Editing Services and Soleil Book Design and Production Services.


About Denis Ledoux

Denis Ledoux began helping people to turn their memories into memoirs in 1988. Denis was named Lifewriting Professional of the Year by the Association of Personal Historians in 1996. Today, Denis is a writer, educator, teacher, autobiography co-author, memoir-writing coach, editor and publisher. He directs The Memoir Network, an international group of memoir professionals who use his method and materials to help people write lifestories. Denis also offers writing tele-classes and leads memoir writing tele-groups.
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