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Yay! Memoirs!

  When I first came across a display of YAY! LiFE! magnets at Denver's Tattered Cover Book Store, I immediately thought of my friend Heather Kennedy. Heather has been saying "YAY!" for years. Not in a shouty way like the all-caps and exclamation point might suggest, but in a simple conversational way, a lighthearted expression of in-the-moment joy. "Yay, Champassion!" she would say upon receiving her favorite drink at Hotel San Jose lounge in Austin, where we both lived a few years back. "Yay! This is fun!" she said recently as we settled into our seats at a Rockies game, now both residents of Colorado. As you can see, you can apply YAY! to pretty much anything (although you might want to be careful about what you put on the back of your car; as far as I can tell, the YAY! DELOUSING! magnet has yet to be developed). YAY! serves as both mini-applause and...

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8 Things that Seem Easier than Building an Author Platform

Ask anyone in the business, building a new author platform is really hard and can take a really long time. Throw in that it's for an as yet unagented memoir and well, almost anything seems easier. 8 Things that Seem Easier than Building an Author Platform Scrubbing the floor of an Irish pub the morning after St. Patrick’s Day with the feather of a baby hummingbird. Adhering eyelash extensions to Jake Gyllenhaal’s character in the movie Prisoners. Meeting a single, straight man in his late 40s willing to date a single, straight female over 40. Deconstructing Anthony Weiner’s sext messages with my 83-year-old mother. Employing Ted Cruz’s eyebrows to procure an important message from a Ouija board. Taking my cross-eyed shelter cat for a walk on a leash at night through a strobe-lit park during a falconry exhibition. Twerking without an ibuprofen or Icy Hot chaser. Eating a McRib. Thankfully, expert advice on platform development can be found online. It's...

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