A published book is a precious legacy, and could set your life on a whole new path.
But if you’ve been writing your memoir for years, or been rejected, or feel you don’t have “connections,” it probably feels like a pipe dream.
Why is traditional publishing so secretive and elitist? Why does everyone take so long to respond? Why were you given this incredible story you’re aching to see as a published book without the means to get it into the right hands?
BUT – What if you could learn a proven publishing strategy from a bestselling author?
What if it was simply a matter of following a guide that gives you the steps in sequence? And all you need to do is follow along with an open mind?
Memoir Academy gives you the story arc to follow to sell your memoir manuscript, the mindset shifts you need to make around memoir, and an insider’s look behind-the-scenes of traditional publishing so you can get your manuscript positioned and prepped for a wonderful book deal.
EVEN better, you can learn the steps in months, rather than years!
How would it change your life to have a sellable manuscript (and know it), a confident publishing strategy that sees you getting your story in front of those agents, editors, and publishers eager to read it and the know-how to begin to pitch?
All you need is a proven, strategic, step-by-step approach to polish and position your memoir for publication.
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Memoir Academy gives you the step-by-step process I’ve personally used to edit, polish, position and sell my two memoirs to top publishers and literary agents.
WHAT’S UNIQUE ABOUT MEMOIR ACADEMY?
Memoir Academy isn’t just a writing course. It’s a publishing course.
I studied writing and editing for five years at University and – as enjoyable as it was to learn the craft of writing and to read lots of lovely books and essays – with my two beautiful degrees (not-to-mention a hefty HECS debt) I was none-the-wiser for how to actually get published by the end of my degrees.
It wasn’t until I started working inside the (elitist and secretive, let’s face it!) print publishing world that I fast-tracked my writing career.
The thing is, you can be the most eloquent writer in the world, but if you don’t know how to find an editor or pitch a story or position your work for different markets, you will never get published.
I’ve now sold thousands of articles and essays to major print and online publications and sold two memoirs to top publishers. My second memoir, A Letter From Paris, sold on proposal only and has been published in multiple countries.
And no, I had no agent to start, no ‘literary’ connections, and I live in Australia, where book publishing is so small you could almost call it a cottage industry.
The thing is, most writers think they need to spend years finessing their manuscript to get it published – this is simply not true!
OR they take the first possible offer or interest from a (often dubious) publishing house, not knowing how to differentiate from a lousy deal and a book deal that could set them up for life. These mistakes cost us time, money and could mean that the one book you ever write reaches only a small fraction of its publishing potential.
Knowing your manuscript ticks the boxes for a bestselling true story
Understanding the secrets to positioning your memoir in the global publishing marketplace
Confidently pitching your story to a Top 5 publisher
Having the know-how to spot a good deal from a lousy one – and becoming the kind of writer agents and editors vie to represent in the process!
Like me, you could be even head off on a national publicity tour (complete with deluxe hotel avec rooftop swimming pool!) that results in your memoir shooting to the bestseller list – all within a year of sending the manuscript to your publisher!
IT’S ALL POSSIBLE – YOU JUST NEED THE BEHIND-THE-SCENES PROCESS!
Over 600 000 books are published in the US alone every single year. Add the United Kingdom, English-markets in Europe, as well as Canada, South Africa, New Zealand and little ‘ol Australia (where I’m from) and the options for your true story to reach a global market are plentiful.
You just need someone to guide you behind-the-scenes in how it all comes together and how you can position your unique story for a book deal.
Do you know I had no social media, no email list or profile when I landed my first book deal? I did know how to target and query a publisher, and this made all the difference.
Unlike general writing workshops or getting a manuscript critique, Memoir Academy teaches you the Mindset, Publishing Sales Strategy and UNIQUE pitching and storytelling conventions of traditionally-published memoirs that sell.
The result? A manuscript that ticks the boxes, a writer who becomes a literary dream to work with (I’m all about good literary citizenship) and the business know-how to get your beautiful book out into the world as a lasting legacy that reaches the masses.
Hi Louisa!!! I just wanted to let you know my exciting news – my piece won the non-fiction category and will be published… thank you SO much…! I’ve been doing Memoir Academy course rather unconventionally… watching all the trainings first…
Beautiful Unique Faces is about to be published by Serenity Press. Thank you for all of your expert guidance. Everything you did for me was amazing. You taught me so much about the writing/editing process…
HERE’S WHAT YOU RECEIVE IN MEMOIR ACADEMY:
Memoir Academy is a home study digital program delivered via video presentations with downloadable checklists, publishing templates and writing prompts. There’s a Facebook community too, where I pop in from time to time to check on how you’re going and share some publishing opportunities and nuggets from my own journey (I’m in the midst of writing and pitching my third memoir, and I like to share what’s working for me!).
Your Memoir Academy purchase includes lifetime access to the digital program which is 8 modules, each with fill-in-the-blanks templates, homework and swipe files, and the strategic approach to edit, position and pitch your book for a beautiful memoir book deal.
I’ve done other courses and because I don’t know the basics, I got a little left behind. Memoir Academy covers everything.
Louisa’s teaching is the stuff that hard work and dreams are made of… I will never write a memoir like I did before, I’ll follow your Memoir Academy steps from the start! Writers would be lucky to find you at the beginning of their publishing journey!
MEMOIR ACADEMY COURSE CURRICULUM:
MODULE 1: MEMOIR MINDSET
SET THE STAGE FOR SUCCESS: Write and edit your book about real people & events and memories from a place of ease, flow and clarity. The fundamentals of memoir, Secrets of Bestselling Memoirs, Setting an intention for your memoir, Writing deadlines, goal and reward, Author potential and Maslow’s Hierarchy… VALUE $2997
MODULE 3: MEMOIR MINDSET
THE EMPOWERED AUTHOR: Get confident around discussing your memoir, learn to value your work (even when it feels difficult) and don’t let the ‘messy middle’ of memoir halt you in your tracks with these powerful exercises….
Decluttering to make more time to write, Turning Pro means Saying No, Writing about Real People, The Messy Middle of this process, Radical self-care and moving between worlds. VALUE $3267
MODULE 5: MEMOIR ARCHETYPES
A MANUSCRIPT THAT SELLS: Learn the secrets to transforming your manuscript from saggy and boring to a page-turner from start to finish! Also identify archetypes in personal story and ensure your book has the fundamentals to appeal to as wide a market as possible.
Turning Points in Memoir, The Midpoint Reversal, Catalyst Archetype, Writing the Enemy in Memoir, Writing the Ally in Memoir, Writing the Threshold Guardian in Memoir, Trademarks of The Heroine in Memoir…VALUE $2227
MODULE 7: MEMOIR PUBLISHING
BECOME AN AGENT AND EDITOR’S DREAM
Check your manuscript ticks all the boxes for a sizzling and sellable book that’s every agent’s dream, as you build your platform and learn the secret queue-skipping strategy for agent and publisher interest!
Edit your manuscript like a pro, First chapters matter, The Synopsis, The Art of Author Platform, From clip to book deal…VALUE $3227
MODULE 2: PLOTTING & STRUCTURE
A PITCH-WORTHY MEMOIR FOR THE MASSES: Learn my shortcuts to find the memoir ‘hook’, story beginning, crucial ‘desires’ and other essentials elements for a page-turning true story. The secret sauce that will sell your memoir, The two worlds in every good memoir, Finding your focus sentence, Your Universal themes, The Inciting incident, The two desires of memoir…VALUE $3397
MODULE 4: STORY STRUCTURE, EDITING + CRAFT
SECRETS OF BESTSELLING MEMOIRS: Turn a true story into a page-turning memoir that a publisher or agent will love. The checklists, prompts and templates in this module alone will save you years of workshops and re-drafts.
Plotting your memoir, Conflict and obstacles, Show, don’t tell, Using the 3 Act Structure, The Ordeal, Chapter Structure, Resisting the call…VALUE $2997
MODULE 6: PUBLISHING, SALES & MINDSET
PACKAGE UP YOUR PLATFORM: Learn to thrive as a ‘literary citizen’ and start to package up your platform and your pitch, strategy that will see your story reach a global audience. Learn good Literary Citizenship, Memoir Modelling, Becoming visible as a writer, Rejection and Resilience, Pitching and making connections…VALUE $1997
MODULE 8: YOUR PUBLISHING STRATEGY
THE ‘YES’ STRATEGY: From the query and the proposal (and how to skip the queue with both of these) to choosing between large publishers and independent presses, this module teaches you all about what goes into a beautiful and empowering book deal so you can make decisions for long-term success.
Writing a killer book query and bio, The Memoir proposal, Agent Vs Editor Vs Publisher (what do they do?), What goes into a book deal, Getting to Yes…VALUE $2997
Total value of the digital program = $28, 104
YOUR INVESTMENT: $1997 One-Time Payment!
Louisa, I can’t thank you enough! Your strategy meant I got the manuscript to the publisher on time… You’ gave me that welcome burst of clarity, encouragement and common-sense to see how I could do it!
WHAT YOUR INVESTMENT INCLUDES TODAY:
Lifetime access to the 8 digital training modules covering mindset, craft, structure, sales and publishing strategy
Dozens of my best publishing checklists, templates and guidelines to make it easy for you to polish, position and pitch your memoir
Twenty years of real-world experience getting published, working with editors, writing, pitching and more has gone into this program, plus my trade secrets as a bestselling author…
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My name is Louisa Deasey and I’ve had a lifelong passion for true stories.
In my 20+ career as a freelance and on-staff writer, editor and author I’ve written non-fiction for hundreds of national print and online publications, edited and ghost-written stories for major media and public figures, and sold two memoirs to traditional publishers. My latest memoir, A Letter From Paris, has been released on four continents and as an audio production from Blackstone. I’m currently working on my third, a dual memoir/biography based on a found manuscript – my late father’s memoir. My work on my father’s papers led to my teaching memoir, as I simply couldn’t find a step-by-step process to follow to tell a complex true story in book-length form.
Aside from reading and writing memoir, I’m a cat lover (rescue cats rule!), avid journaller, and Francophile.
I’ve created Memoir Academy to give back something I never could find, through all the writing courses, workshops and retreats I attended when I was finding my meet as a freelance writer and dreaming of publishing a book. I always wanted to know what happens behind-the-scenes in publishing and media, but the information was so closely-guarded, which meant that after five years of academic study, I was none-the-wiser to being published. Landing my first job in media was almost like an unlearning of all I’d studied at University: publishing is so much less about craft, so much more about pitch and sales strategy.
I’m determined to lift back the veil on the often-elitist traditional publishing industry, and it’s my goal to show as many writers as possible how to turn their incredible stories into published books.
Your memoir is a precious thing, it’s a valuable thing, and it could be your legacy. Our stories are all we truly own in this world, and once you’re published as an author, no-one can take that away from you.
This is why I created Memoir Academy.
NOT SURE IF MEMOIR ACADEMY IS FOR YOU…?
Memoir Academy is NOT for everyone, and I want to save you time and confusion before you join. So, let’s cut to the chase:
IS MEMOIR ACADEMY RIGHT FOR YOU?
You have a partial or complete memoir draft. Note: This is essential. Memoir Academy is not a beginner’s writing course. If you don’t have a good chunk of a memoir draft, Memoir Academy is not for you.
You want clear guidance on how to polish, position and pitch your memoir to land a book deal with a traditional publisher.
You’re open and willing to work on your manuscript and your mindset. Why? Because it’s your dearest dream to get your true story out in the world as a published book!
MEMOIR ACADEMY IS NOT FOR YOU IF…
You’re working on fiction, hoping to self-publish, or you want someone to critique your manuscript (uh-huh, I teach you how to DIY!)
You haven’t started writing your memoir. You need at least a partial manuscript draft to really get the most from Memoir Academy.
You need therapy about your story or you want to write your memoir as a family heirloom. Both are valuable, but Memoir Academy focuses on the traditional publishing sales process and I’m not a qualified therapist.
- Save $400 limited time!
- Start today for just $399!
Memoir Academy is exceptional in its depth and helpfulness. Louisa poured kerosene on my lame aims and fired me up! I finished chapter 20 in the first week, instead of the last week. AND I have a hook, plot points outline/table, query and synopsis. Memoir Academy lived up to its promise and more!
IF YOU’VE READ THIS FAR, YOU OWE IT TO YOURSELF
To honestly answer these questions:
💌 What if just one technique I teach you results in a book deal by the end of this year?
💌 What if just one tweak to your mindset completely revolutionises how you position and pitch your personal story?
💌 What if simply knowing one key piece of the publishing pie saves you years of heartache and rejection (and results in multiple requests for submission, not just one from a teeny tiny publishing house?)
💌 Your memoir is a precious gift and a lasting legacy of the most important lesson and experience of your life. I want you to feel good as you write and empowered as you pitch it and to understand the steps it’s taken me decades to learn. Memoir Academy will save you time, money, agony and effort in reaching your publishing dream.
💌 If getting your memoir published is a lifelong dream, Memoir Academy guides you with a proven strategy by a bestselling memoirist who has gone through all your conundrums with writing and selling a personal story!
I just want to recommend Memoir Academy to anyone wanting to up-level their writing and publishing skills and on the fence about joining. Memoir Academy is honestly the best thing I did for my writing in 2019. The content itself is incredible, but even naming that I was afraid of visibility meant that I could deal with it. Since completing the program I’ve worked clarified my synopsis, created my website (& put my name on it!!), published in Medium, and pitched my memoir to my first Publisher. I would NOT have been at this point without Memoir Academy!
LET ME ANSWER YOUR QUESTIONS…
Do I need to have written my book yet?
You need to have at least a partial or semi-complete draft of your memoir to work through my program. Why? Because the programs and trainings are about polishing and positioning your memoir, not drafting it from scratch. If you are at the very beginning of your writing journey I suggest you start with 90 Day Memoir which is designed to help you get your draft finished in 90 days.
How is the course delivered?
Everything is delivered to you digitally via a membership site (you get a password and login as soon as you purchase the program).
You get immediate access to the first module and your masterclass-only bonuses upon enrolment, and the rest of the modules are unlocked fortnightly. This is to encourage you to work sequentially through the material (certain things need to be known before you learn the next thing, etc!). You get lifetime access to the material so you can go back and listen to anything, re-read, download, print out, work at your own pace.
How much time do I need to commit to this course?
The course is self-paced, but each module would take approximately 4-6 hours to work through the steps and the material.
Do you offer 1:1 coaching as part of the course?
If CLARITY is still up as an option, you’re in luck!
What if life comes up and I have to drop the course?
Once you sign up, you get a year’s access to the workbooks, videos, resources and bonuses.
What if i change my mind? Do you offer a refund?
In short, because it’s a digital product and you can access the complete course on enrolment, no. Read the refund policy here.