Thursday, August 28, 2008

Trend Spotlight: Confessions of…

Lady Nijo wrote an autobiographical novel in the thirteenth century about her experience as concubine to Emperor of Japan Gofukakusa. The account was later found and then finally published as The Confessions of Lady Nijo in 1950, translated to English in 1973.

Confessional books have been popular ever since with an increase that seems to parallel the rise of reality television. Here are just a few titles:

Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister: A Novel
By Gregory Maguire and Bill Sanderson (2000)

Confessions of a Street Addict
By James J. Cramer and Jim J. Cramer (2002)

Confessions of a Shopaholic
By Sophie Kinsella (2003)

Confessions of an Advertising Man
By David Ogilvy and Sir Alan Parker (2004)

The Confessions of Max Tivoli: A Novel
By Andrew Sean Greer (2005)

Confessions of an Economic Hit Man
By John Perkins (2005)

Confessions of a Video Vixen
By Karrine Steffans (2006)

Confessions of a Carb Queen: A Memoir
By Susan Blech and Caroline Bock (2006)

Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict
By Laurie Viera Rigler (2007)

Confessions of a Part-Time Sorceress: A Girl’s Guide to the D & D Game
By Shelly Mazzanoble (2007)

Confessions of a Sub-Prime Lender: An Insider’s Tale of Greed, Fraud, and Ignorance
By Richard Bitner (2008)

Gaspipe: Confessions of a Mafia Boss
By Philip Carlo (2008)

Confessions of a Contractor
By Richard Murphy (2008)

The trend just won’t quit—it even seems to work for novels. Perhaps all your fictional manuscript needs to spark interest is the Confessions of prefix in the title.

Trend Spotlight by Adriel Gorsuch, Indigo Editing, LLC

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