How can publishers best support the authors of trauma memoirs?

Kylie Cardell, Christiana Harous, Emma Maguire and Lydia Woodyatt look at the ways publishers can assist writers of difficult personal material as they unpack their pain.

Would you publish the worst thing that ever happened to you?

When Amani Haydar’s mother was murdered by her father in an act of domestic violence, writing helped process the pain. At first, she wrote in private, journalling as a way ‘to express frustrations and insecurities I feared couldn’t be spoken out loud at the time’.

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