Memoirs or autobiography? What's the difference?

What's the difference between memoirs and an autobiography?

 
An autobiography is generally considered to be a detailed account of an entire life to date in chronological order starting at birth.

So you can only write one autobiography and it might have a title like "My life story".

A memoir is different from an autobiography. A memoir is generally considered to be a single story from your life.

A collection of stories from your life are memoirs

So, you can choose to write your memoirs as an autobiography - or you can choose to write a single memoir or a collection of memoirs.

For example, your could write a memoir (one story) called "Growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s"

Or you could write several memoirs and publish them together as a collection of several stories from in your life.

The individual memoirs could be organised in chapters, for example, Chapter 1 "Growing up in Liverpool in the1950s", Chapter 2 - "Fishing trips in the Mersey River."

Famous people generally write an autobiography with the intention of selling many books. They will often use the services of a "ghostwriter." A ghostwriter is a professional writer who writes the autobiography in someone elses name.

Ghostwriters are not cheap, so most people would probably only consider a ghostwriter if they expected to sell enough copies of their memoirs to recuperate the cost of a ghostwriter and the publication costs.

Of course you don't have to be famous to use a ghostwriter and if you are considering a book that will be on sale to the public, then a ghostwriter service is absolutely a valid option.

Most of us and most of our Photomemoirs writers, however, are not particulary well known or famous but we can all claim to be "family famous" and well known to our family and friends and they would love to read our memoirs.

Luckily there are many ways to do write your memoirs and we hope that Photomemoirs.co is one of the best ways to write a family memoir.

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