Make Your Mess Your Memoir

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Launch Pad Publishing, 2020 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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We've all made a mess.

And that means we all have a message.

This is the book that shows you how to take the former and make it into the latter.


When Anna David got sober and sold a book about her recovery to the biggest publisher in the world, she thought she'd made it. She was wrong.

Still, after years of struggle and self-discovery, she ended up thriving personally and professionally. Now she's sharing what she's learned-and showing others how to do the same.

In this page-turning and useful memoir-meets-manual, David reveals her personal lows (doing cocaine by herself while contemplating suicide), her career lows (a past-his-prime celebrity hurling a phone at her as she wrote his biography) and how her life today wouldn't be possible without those experiences.

The last quarter of the book is a practical guide so that readers can make their own mess into a message-and memoir.

In this completely comprehensive "biz-oir" packed with proven and authentic tools and techniques, memoirists-in-the-making will travel with David on her journey from struggling addict to New York Times bestselling writer/entrepreneur and also learn:

-How to determine a memoir message and "why"

-How to select scenes

-The advantages and disadvantages of traditional and self-publishing

-How to come up with a title, rewrite a book and hire editors

-Potential legal concerns and how to avoid them

-How to gather blurbs, write acknowledgments and arrange for a foreword

-How to be set up for success on Amazon

-The importance of an Advanced Reader Team

And much more.

The best time to write a book was 10 years ago. The second best time is now. To start creating the business tool that will change your career-and life-click ADD TO CART before the price changes.

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Anna David had me at the first sentence: “Being stuck in an elevator sucks.”  David uses this metaphor deftly throughout her book to reveal aspects of her messy worlds of addiction, recovery, therapy, relationships with family and others, writing and publishing, and success. In doing so, she motivates readers to embrace her ride, and ultimately take their own. 
In Part 1—The Mess, David’s writing is raw, real, relatable, and riveting. I could not turn away. She reveals intimate moments, both mundane and pivotal, with honesty and humor. All the while making space for readers to consider the implications and impact of their own messes. Her use of the 10-chapter format establishes how effective the framework is for capturing and holding readers’ attention.
In Part 2—The Message, David’s writing is clear, practical, and detailed, offering readers insight into ALL that an author needs to do to launch a memoir successfully into the world—writing using the 10-chapter format, rewriting, selecting a title, publishing, promotion and more. All valuable information for first-time and seasoned authors alike. 
David dedicates her book to “anyone who’s made a mess and has a message.” Let’s be honest, we all have made messes. They might not mirror the specificity or intensity of David’s. We’ve made them and as a result, many of us have a message. If you are looking for a way to launch your mess and message out into the world, this is your book.  

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Anna David is one of the best and most positive motivators around. Her new release is wonderful and full of useful information. You won’t be disappointed and possibly you will be writing your own book soon!

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About the author (2020)

Anna David is the New York Times and #1 Amazon bestselling author of two novels and six non-fiction books about addiction, recovery and relationships. She's been published in The New York Times, Time, The LA Times, Vanity Fair, Playboy, Vice, Cosmo, People, Marie Claire, Redbook, Esquire, Self, Women's Health, The Huffington Post, Buzzfeed and Salon among many others, written about in numerous publications, including Forbes, Martha Stewart Living, Entrepreneur, Allure and Women's Health and has appeared repeatedly on The Today Show, Hannity, Attack of the Show, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, The Talk, The CBS Morning Show, The Insider and numerous other programs on Fox News, NBC, CBS, MTV, VH1 and E. She speaks at colleges across the country about relationships, addiction and recovery, has been a featured speaker at three different TedX events and has shared the stage with Tony Robbins. Through her company, Launch Pad Publishing, she helps those with stories to share to write and publish their books. Launch Pad also offers retreats, online courses, a podcast and a storytelling show.

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