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Autobiography - to do or not to do?

  1. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I am focusing a good deal of time trying to write my auto-biography, has my life been that interesting, I dont know, but I am enjoying writing it even though it is slow and it is hard to know what to put in and what to keep out, I know it is going to be a very long book, should I publish it all on Hub pages, is that the best way to deal with it, post it chapter by chapter and get some feed back......I would be interested to know if anyone else has written their auto-biography.

    1. marcel285 profile image68
      marcel285posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      I was wondering the same thing.. My life has been a circus so far..unsure whether to post chapters on hubpages, or complete and submit for physical publication. ?

      1. skydiver profile image75
        skydiverposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        I think you can get the best of both worlds if you post individual chapters first to attain a fan base, and then when the book is finished you can sell it as an ebook or use a service like lulu.com as mentioned below. That would certainly cut down on your marketing costs.

        Here is a link to a site all about book marketing:
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      china manposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Wondered why you had been so quiet lately !!    You have so much to write and it could make a popular enough book that a publisher might be interested ?    I would suggest putting just extracts in as hubs and then discuss each new hub in the forums.

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      Crazdwriterposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Once I get my foot in the door of the publishing world I will be focusing on my own autobiography from three different aspects 1. growing up with Auditory Processing Deficit 2. growing up with Kyphosis of the Spine and 3. marrying into the military and everything that goes along with baing married to a military man.

      so I say go for it! write it out..never hurts

  2. skydiver profile image75
    skydiverposted 7 years ago

    You could post it on Hubpages if you'd like people to provide feedback, I'm sure people here can help you get a feel for what style of writing works best.

    Long term, have you considered selling it as an ebook? You could create a blog documenting the creation of the auto-biography and drum up interest that way, and I'd also suggest setting up a twitter account to market yourself.

    I haven't written an auto-biography, but that's what I'd do!

  3. skyfire profile image75
    skyfireposted 7 years ago

    Go for it. Not sure how it is beneficial on hubs as you've to come up with multiple hubs(for each chapter and i see some loss over there) and also it is really pain for those who don't know you but want to read your work in one go. Here is my view for this, write and get it self-published using lulu.com or similar service. And you can write autobiography summary on hubpages and promote your book from there(within limits of HP rules ofcourse).

  4. skydiver profile image75
    skydiverposted 7 years ago

    I think lulu.com is a good shout, but because of the way it works some people go as far as to think its a scam website. It isn't of course, but you can read more about this here <link snipped>

  5. Flightkeeper profile image73
    Flightkeeperposted 7 years ago

    Irish, from my glimpses of your life through your hubs, it has been interesting.  I also have a feeling that writing will be cathartic for you.  I say go for it.

  6. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I posted this thread and then had to run off, thanks very much for all your comments, I am going to check out lulu etc, I might try another chapter on the hubs for feed back but it takes so much time, thats great advice everyone thanks

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    Justine76posted 7 years ago

    nice to see you again, and good luck. I say, if you want to write it, write it, anywichway it serves you.

  8. Sab Oh profile image54
    Sab Ohposted 7 years ago

    Unless you are over 60 - no.

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image72
      TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      What kind of arbitrary rule is that? I've met fifteen year olds whose autobiographies would have been a great read. No disrespect meant or anything, but not everyone needs 60 years to rack up a book's worth of interesting material or the wisdom to write about it well.

      Irish: I think if you need to write your autobiography, you should go for it. If you haven't already, you may consider taking a course in Creative Non-fiction (that will help you make the decision about how much to put in and how much to leave out, among other things). Ultimately, only you can decide in what format you want it published--but I see no reason to publish at least some of it here for feedback and ideas and then make an e-book or even a print book. What's your passion/heart telling you...When you imagine it being finished...how do you "see" it?

      1. Sab Oh profile image54
        Sab Ohposted 7 years agoin reply to this

        Nothing worse than an autobiography by someone who hasn't done enough to merit one but who feels so self important that he just can't wait.

        1. TheGlassSpider profile image72
          TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          I agree, but who are you or I to say that there is a particular age at which one has become "interesting enough?" A skim of the NY Times BestSeller list should go to show that people's interests are quite diverse anyway. An autobiography that would put me to sleep might keep you turning pages all night. I've met 60 year olds whose authobiography's would be pretty boring, and like I said, 15 year olds whose books would be great. Age, I think, has little to do with it.

    2. Cagsil profile image61
      Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Agreed. smile

      I would even go a little older, like retirement age. big_smile

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        Justine76posted 7 years agoin reply to this

        why? I really dont know. (Not being a smart ass.)

        1. Cagsil profile image61
          Cagsilposted 7 years agoin reply to this

          Hey Justine, I don't think you were being a smart ass by asking.

          It's fairly simple. Autobiography is about the life experiences and every detail about it and it's understood that people can go through a lot during their early years, but the book wouldn't have creditability and most likely isn't going to be bought or read by many, especially the older generation.

          The book would be extremely limited and filled with much ambiguity, as well as, filled with more fantasy(subjective views) than anything else.

          Anyone can write a book about themselves and make claims of experiences, for which, are smaller than made to appear.

  9. wrenfrost56 profile image82
    wrenfrost56posted 7 years ago

    I think I'm a little young at the moment and I haven't really done anything I think anyone would want to read, but never say never. Maybe in the future. Good luck with yours though are you going to put it up on hubpages? smile

  10. Sa Toya profile image74
    Sa Toyaposted 7 years ago

    sounds like a plan unless you plan to get it published as a proper book...then I'd say publish some not all of it on HP.

    hope it's all gravy smile

  11. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    I am certainly not 60, but I do think sometimes that I am one of those creatures that has traveled through time and lived several lives if you know what I mean....

  12. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    skydiver, I was looking at fiction wise, it is an ebook site, the idea of an ebook interests me, thanks smile

  13. theirishobserver. profile image60
    theirishobserver.posted 7 years ago

    The Glass Spider, Thanks for that, I would say I will get on with it....just looking for encouragement I suppose..tomorrow I will try another chapter.... smile

    1. TheGlassSpider profile image72
      TheGlassSpiderposted 7 years agoin reply to this

      You're very welcome! I wish you the best...and if you need an editor, I'm affordable wink Seriously, I look forward to reading it.

      I like your new avatar as well...very cuddly.

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    A Texanposted 7 years ago

    I'm not 60 or older but I have been shot,stabbed,run over twice and had a heart attack, it hasn't been dull, maybe not book worthy though!

    1. marcel285 profile image68
      marcel285posted 7 years agoin reply to this

      Sounds like a story that i would be interested to hear about.

  15. Lynda Gary profile image56
    Lynda Garyposted 7 years ago

    I'm sort of on the bandwagon about not publishing an autobiography until you are "older," however that is defined.  HOWEVER, writing / publishing a "personal narrative non-fiction" mss is frequently done by those of us still youthful enough to only imagine retirement.

    Many of us have stories to tell from the lives we've lived -- but that doesn't make it an autobiography.  In traditional publishing, the autobiography is seldom marketable unless you are a celeb or someone else who is "news worthy." (inventors, artists, etc.)  The narrative non-fiction is the way to go for the "important" stories of unknown or lesser known real people.

    As to the issue of publishing on a hub? Wow.  I can't imagine ever doing that.  Too much work goes into a book, especially one that will be cathartic for the writer.  IMHO, I'd first try to get a traditional publisher, the old fashioned way.  If, after a year, that doesn't work, I'd self-publish with the objective being "getting my story read" as opposed to "making money from my story."

    Your choice will depend on your objective.  But you can't publish portions -- like, Chapter by Chapter -- until the entire mss is completed.  I've never met an author who didn't do significant revisions as the process progresses; you will, too.