The story

Everybody wants to leave their mark. Nowadays, that means everybody is writing a memoir.

"For whatever reason, many people have gotten the idea that they want to write a book," says Jerry Simmons, a former New York publishing executive who now counsels publishing hopefuls and runs the writers' networking site "Everybody has the feeling their story is unique and different."

Memoirs rose in popularity during the '90s on the backs of such books as Frank McCourt's "Angela's Ashes." Now they're in such demand that, in 2007, more memoirs were accepted by publishers than debut novels, according to Michael Cader's Publishers Lunch newsletter, reported USA Today. Read full article »

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