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Ink A Celebrity Memoir Deal

Establish key relationships and shape your body of work to position yourself for a celeb book deal

By M. David Hornbuckle - November 24, 2009
We've all seen it. An actor, pop star, or politician writes a memoir, and beneath that person's name on the cover is another in small type: "with (whomever)". People who don't write for a living usually need some assistance from someone who does when they take on a project this daunting. So if you're a writer, how do you get that gig? We talked to a few co-authors of celebrity memoirs to find out how they got hired. Ultimately, there seem to be three main ways to go about it: be a known expert on said person (i.e. write an article about them for a magazine), get hired based on the merits of previous celebrity memoirs you've written, or win a Pulitzer Prize....

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