How to Write and Sell Your Memoir OnDemand Webinar

How to Write and Sell Your Memoir OnDemand Webinar

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  • You are a writer who is struggling to finish their memoir
  • You are a writer who is struggling to get an agent for their memoir
  • You are a writer who has an idea for a memoir but doesn't know how to start
  • You are a writer who needs help crafting their memoir proposals


Writing a memoir is one of the most difficult things a person can do. Publishing a memoir is one of the scariest things a person can do. Opening up your personal life for the whole world to read is no small thing, which is why it's even more important to write it well and to sell it to the right publisher.

Jess Regel is a literary agent who works with memoirists to sell their personal narratives to mainstream publishers. In this presentation, Jess shares with you tips on how to find your voice, how to shape your personal story into a narrative with a beginning, middle and end, when to think about bringing in an outside writer, how to build your platform, what sales materials you need to prepare to pitch to agents and editors, and how to deal with criticism.

In this presentation, Jess lays bare the process, so that you can feel comfortable baring your soul on the page.


  • How to know if you should be writing a memoir or a novel
  • The key elements of a memoir
  • How to find your voice
  • When to find a co-writer
  • The difference between a co-writer and a ghost writer
  • How (and when) to pitch your memoir to agents
  • The importance of a platform and tips on how to raise your platform
  • How to use social media
  • The sales materials needed to pitch to agents
  • The landscape of the memoir market today
  • How to discuss your memoir with your family and friends
  • How to deal with criticism


Jess Regel is a literary agent at Foundry Literary + Media. She represents memoir and pop culture, with an emphasis on female voices, humor, and single-topic narratives. She also represents fiction, children's books and YA memoir.

Originally from Iowa, Jess was working at her local library when she was offered a job at the Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency and packed up for New York City. She spent eleven years at the Naggar Agency before moving over to Foundry in 2013. Some of her books include: Amber Smith's New York Times Bestseller The Way I Used to Be (Simon & Schuster), Nora McInerny's Indie Bestseller It's Okay to Laugh (Dey Street), Bryn Greenwood's New York Times Bestseller All the Ugly and Wonderful Things (MacMillan/Thomas Dunne), Laure Dugas' Champagne Baby (Ballantine) and Tala Raassi's Fashion is Freedom (Sourcebooks). Jess is a graduate of Hunter College with a degree in English Literature.

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