How to Get Paid Writing Memoirs
You can get paid writing these kinds of memoirs.
How to Get Clients
Let people know you are available to write memoirs. Create a website and a blog; print and hand out business cards; print and hand out ballpoint pens with your name, telephone number, and Web addresses; create your professional profile on Google, Yahoo!, and Linkedin; join a local or state writers’ club and become actively involved in their activities; be available to speak to organizations and professional groups.
Consider writing your first memoir for free for a family member or friend, then use the book as an example of your work.
What to Charge
You should charge a fee that best represents your skills and expertise. Determine what hourly wage you are prepared to work for. This could be $50, $100 or more. I have seen memoir writers charge $300 per hour. Turn your hourly rate into the total cost you will quote a client. It is not uncommon for memoir writers to charge $5,000, $10,000, or $50,000 for a project.
Offer your client a written contract that spells out what you will do and what the client will do. View a sample contract here.
Interviewing and Writing
Set up a series of interviews with your client. These could be sixty to ninety minutes each once a week for several weeks. Get a digital voice recorder for the interviews. After you have transcribed each interview (I prefer to pay someone to transcribe so I can concentrate on writing), you should edit, rewrite, and arrange the manuscript so events appear in a logical sequence and the finished manuscript sounds like the author. The editing and writing will take approximately ten times longer to finish than the interviews.
Present the final manuscript to your client. I prefer to put the manuscript on a CD rather than print out the pages. Your manuscript should have a contents page, page numbers, and chapter headings.
Producing a Book
Make a separate agreement for preparing the manuscript to become a book. I use ten percent of the interviewing and writing fees as an initial guide.
Producing a book involves finding a short-run printer, often called an on-demand printer; exchanging emails and telephone calls with the printer; determining the cover art and the appearance of the inside pages; proofreading; and printing and delivery of the finished books. The client pays for each of these services and pays you to facilitate their completion.
Here is wishing you the best of success with many happy clients.