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    The Story Plant (formerly The Fiction Studio) (Lou Aronica)

    Hello,
    I have been thinking recently about writing my memoirs, however, knew that I would prefer having someone to write for me. I did research on the Internet and sent out some brief notes.

    I have been contacted by a Lou Aronica laronica@fictionstudio.com David Woolfe dwoolfe@theghostinthemachine.com. Both appear to be very legitimate and have vast experience with ghostwriting/editing, etc. I did speak with Lou Aronica on the phone today....he read my initial notes today and emailed me several times and asked for me to call at a specific timetoday. David Woolfe is reviewing my initial notes and will give me a free consultation and give me an update within a few days.

    Writing is not my background....I have a powerful story that probably would benefit many people, however, my main goal for doing this is to hopefully re-shape a few people in my family that have also suffered a great deal....this may be my only way to do that....all other methods have failed.

    I found this website and thought I would post a thread (after searching the index first) to see if anyone has any comments on either person.

    Thank you so much in advance for any responses.


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    Lou is well-known and legitimate.

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    What does this mean:

    however, my main goal for doing this is to hopefully re-shape a few people in my family that have also suffered a great deal....this may be my only way to do that....all other methods have failed.
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    Ghostwriters/Editors

    Thank you so much for your response

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    Hello,
    During my phone conversation with Lou today, he did review the process to me today...meet with me for 3 days for all the note taking, writing a proposal and submitting two chapters to a publisher, etc. He also said that he could assist with finding an agent. Is this the norm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlhope
    Hello,
    During my phone conversation with Lou today, he did review the process to me today...meet with me for 3 days for all the note taking, writing a proposal and submitting two chapters to a publisher, etc. He also said that he could assist with finding an agent. Is this the norm?
    Well, none of it sounds suspicious.

    But like James said, Lou Aronica is a pretty big name in the business.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arlhope
    Hello,
    During my phone conversation with Lou today, he did review the process to me today...meet with me for 3 days for all the note taking, writing a proposal and submitting two chapters to a publisher, etc. He also said that he could assist with finding an agent. Is this the norm?
    This isn't unusual for a freelance editor to do. However, be aware that there are no guarantees--Lou Aronica has experience, contacts, and respect in the industry, but that won't necessarily mean that your proposal will sell or find representation. It's a competitive world out there, especially for memoirs. You may discover at the end of the process that you've spent many thousands of dollars for nothing.

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    Thank you for all the responses.

    I was wondering if anyone would mind reading through my initial notes....and critique for me and just tell me what you think.

    Thanks

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    Have you tried the Share Your Work forum? There are lots of helpful critters over there.
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    Yes, I did last night. Thanks

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    Lou's recently had some books published, pseudonymously, by a respectable trade house.
    Last edited by HapiSofi; 11-10-2006 at 04:03 AM.
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    ...my main goal for doing this is to hopefully re-shape a few people in my family that have also suffered a great deal...
    This may be beyond the scope of what any book can do.

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    As a ghostwriter, I can verify that selling memoirs is very tough. More than half the queries I receive are for memoirs, but most people have no notes or source materials. (I limit my clients to those who have some measure of preparation and organization--a personal preference.) The bigger problem is that, while I can't fault people for wanting to tell their stories, they usually don't have anything that is really marketable. You can't imagine how many women tell me that their therapists have told them to "publish" stories of abuse as a theraputic way of dealing with trauma.

    I turn down most memoir work because people have unreasonable expectations and/or they are trying to redress some family problem that is fairly personal in nature. I agree with James D. above. The idea of "re-shaping family members" is something I would never handle, although I admittedly don't know the story behind this statement. I do know that people who have suffered greatly are often looking for catharsis through memoirs, and this is just not realistic. Just my own opinion. It's great if people want to go POD with their memoirs, but only if they truly understand that POD titles are expensive and not carried in brick and mortar stores as a rule. In this case, such a venture has to be a labor of love.

    Many people want to write of their legal battles to find justice, but only in rare circumstances does such an idea have market potential.

    I am uncomfortable with approaching an agent with only an idea and sample chapter before the book is written. Another personal preference. It is certainly done, but it amounts to writing "on spec." Sure, agents might express interest, but as Victoria points out, there's no guarantee in the long run that a lot of bucks will result in success. Most agents I have spoken with or read about say they want a finished manuscript to evaluate. Everybody's different.

    Most prospective clients just don't understand the literary marketplace. I reject about 98% of all potential clients. Personally, I don't ever take on a client without talking at great length about the realities of publishing, regardless of what I'm presented with.

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    Lou Aronica is the best!

    As my editor on, The Eighth Day, Lou magically pulled a better book out of me, from behind my ear! He never imposed his personal preferences. More importantly, he met me, a first time author, at my level of style, pace and structure, then working within my abilities, opened up me and my book to the level of a true novel. I can't say enough good things about Lou Aronica, so just read this a few more times.

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    Just an update: Lou Aronica has joined forces with Peter Miller to form The Story Plant, an indie fiction publisher. http://thestoryplant.com/ They're publishing some really fine work and have distribution.

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