As an editor, where do you feel the right home for memoirs of childhood is? Are these usually destined for self publishing or possibly university presses in the area surrounding the events? Specifically, the memoirs would be surrounding a boy growing up between the 1930 to 1950 timeframe. Also, can you suggest any remarkable memoirs worth reading?
First off, the right home is at an adult press. Memoirs, even ones concerning childhood, are inherently written in a tone and style appropriate for the adult market. Children’s book, even non-fiction tend to be more immediate and less reflective than the average memoir. And there are presses out there other than UPs and self-publishers that do memoirs. Unfortunately, I’m not familiar enough with the adult market to know which they are. However, any of the various Literary Marketplaces type publications should be able to point you in the right direction. Finally, I don’t read much memoir so I can’t suggest any complete novel length work, but for a good smattering of memoir styles I recommend Modern American Memoirs by Cort Conley and Annie Dillard as a good anthology of memoir excerpts. Perhaps someone else could suggest some good memoirs. Use the comment link below.