Think transferable principles in a story well told.
All people, regardless of age, ethnicity, location, and social status, share certain felt needs: food, shelter, and love.
Memoirs full of such relatable candor attract readers, and readers are or acquisitions editor can predict how relatable a memoir will be and take a chance on one from an unpublished unknown.
Agents and editors tell me they love to discover such gems — the same way they love discovering the next great novelist.
So feature that support your theme, regardless how painful it is to resurrect the memories.
The more introspective and vulnerable you are, the more effective will be your memoir.
You may be the subject, but it’s not about you — it’s about what readers can gain from your story.
It may seem counterintuitive to think reader-first while writing in the first-person about yourself.
But memoirs by nobodies succeed all the time — and for one reason: they resonate with readers because readers identify with truth.
Truth, even hard, gritty, painful truth, bears transferrable principles.