Many people say they want to write their autobiographies/life stories/memoirs. If they actually succeed in finishing such a document then they are left wondering how to share it with others.
Finding a traditional publisher for someone who is not a celebrity or a serial killer is almost impossible. Many people turn to self-publishing which gives them more freedom in many ways but costs a bundle in time and money.
But I know three people who have done a very smart thing: they have put their memoirs online.
Alfie Adona was a student in my workshop “Forever Remembered” which I hold at the Fior d’Italia in San Francisco’s North Beach. She memorialized her parents’ tragedies and the consequences for her and her sister in a very moving project which you can see at: www.theseludostory.com. Alfie has written about the story most feelingly and has included video clips and newspaper clippings on this site which details the misfortunes her family endured.
And then there is Frank Roselli of Napa who honors his grandparents and parents on his lovely and moving website. He also uses this as an opportunity to recount his early life in Italy and his immigration and career in California.
Well covered in the national press has been Bob Brody’s blog: www.letterstomykids.com. I reached out to Bob to commend him for this important work — that of documenting his memories for his children. From that flowed his invitation to my to contribute to this site.
Also the morass of traditional publishing or self-publishing can be avoided, if not by website or blog, then with an e-book. I expect to be seeing many such works very soon on a Kindle.