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Thank you for your simple answers. I was searching for an answer as I write, but realized I was on the right track when a 'beach ball' floated near my nephew as he was in my brother's swimming pool. The ball had some very unusual print on it. On it was written, 'Who is the author? What is the story about? Who are the main characters? What happens in the ...


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I am not a lawyer, but... From the website of the U.S. Copyright Office: "One of the rights accorded to the owner of copyright is the right to reproduce or to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords. This right is subject to certain limitations found in sections 107 through 118 of the copyright law (title 17, U. S. Code). One of the ...


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For fiction it is present tense, because that's the way we summarize stories naturally. You say: The story is about a kind of dwarf who has to destroy a powerful ring. You do not say: The story was about a kind of dwarf who had to destroy a powerful ring. But you have written a memoir, not fiction. There it is natural to tell it in past tense, no ...


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Sounds right to me. The pitch is a letter which you write to the publisher, and since the book is about you, the pitch should be from your perspective. Today, those events happened in the past, but they happened to you. So first person, past tense. When summarizing a memoir for something like Wikipedia, the summary is not from you (even if it is, the ...


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The quote seems to be cynically alluding to the cliched quest motif and personal transformation tropes that pop culture tends to attach to literary memoirs. There is no formula, simply literary tropes and conventions that an individual uses to enhance the narrative framework of their life story. The underlying assumption is that a story must possess a ...


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Memoirs aren't formulaic. If they were, they'd all be the same. Memoirs are a person's experiences and people don't have the same experiences.



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