Anyone who’s written a memoir knows just how painstaking that writing can be. And many writers know they can’t just live from the sale of their books alone unless you’re Nora Roberts or J.K. Rolling. That’s why we writers need a bigger platform from which to cast our net, meet up with readers and make sales. Plus, memoir writing is the hardest genre to crack. You really need to write a good memoir especially if no-one knows who you are.
So why not repuprose your memoir for profit? Publishers want to see evidence of your story that shows how strong your platform or built-in readership is.
Although it may feel and sound like a lot of work, when you repurpose, you change it to fit the style and tone of a targeted publication. A complete body of work has to be condensed and the format changed so the reader doesn’t feel like he is reading your complete memoir, right?
Before repurposing any content, it’s best to study the targeted publication you wish to repurpose.
Here are some venues that have become great targets for repurposing memoir writing:
1. Sell Your Story to an Anthology like the Chicken Soup for the Soul series: Due to its highly personal stories, the Chicken Coup for the Soul series have opened the door to a lot of story possibilities. Careful though… some anthologies cost money to be published. if this is however in your budget, then this may not be a bad venue to help build your platform.
2. Sell Your Story to a Magazine. As an unknown author, you can tap into your local magazine to get the word out about who you are by building a name for yourself. The key of course is to choose your magazine accordingly based on your subject of expertise. For example, if you’ve written a story about an abusive relationship, find perhaps a parenting magazine that might publish either an excerpt of your story or a condensed version of it – almost like a column. The editors may want to add at the end of your story a list of resources for parents and caregivers. Once you build clips for the local, “homegrown” ones then start working your way up to the regional and then national ones. But be sure to study those magazines carefully.
3. Use parts of your story for your blog. This is another great way to build your platform and sales. First, following the blog post, you can add a “buy now” Paypal button so your reader knows where to purchase your book. I certainly intend to use this marketing tactic when my memoir Accidental Soldier is published. If you notice a blog post is getting a strong slew of hits, you can also use cold hard facts to show how your platform has been growing as part of your marketing/publicity plan. You can document names of blog posts and how many unique visitors and clicks each of those blog posts has received.
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Repurposing a piece of writing means really what it says: you’re changing it so it fits a different purpose—in this case, the purpose and style of that publication whether you’re repurposing for a book or magazine.