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Editing Memoir (Webinar Recording)


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Memoir requires a mix of fiction and nonfiction editing skills, and the personal nature of the story affects the relationship between the author and editor. Melissa Wuske, an experienced memoir editor, will discuss the market for memoir, the strengths and common pitfalls of the genre, and how to forge effective partnerships with authors.

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Melissa Wuske has been freelancing since 2011. Before that she was an editor at Writer’s Digest Books. She specializes in holistic edits of nonfiction trade books, including how-to, self-help, reference, and memoir. She partners with independent authors to make sure their books convey their expertise to their desired audience. She also copyedits and proofreads for publishers, writes book reviews, and edits articles for magazines and websites.

You can find out more about Melissa and her work at, including recommendations from authors. Here’s what Tanya Gold, EFA Boston co-chair, said about her memoir editing workshop: “Melissa Wuske’s talk was a great introduction to the basics of editing memoir. She provided concise and practical advice that was applicable for both experienced and aspiring editors.”

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