If you haven't yet started a life history project, or you've gotten stuck, we can help. We start from the beginning and take you personally through the whole process. We meet with you to craft a plan and help you choose your best stories. Then we conduct audio and video interviews and transcribe and edit the transcripts with your approval. We help gather and professionally scan your photos and create a custom design for your unique book. Then we work with a printer/binder to make sure your book is perfectly printed.
We provide a range of services that include everything you need to complete a book:
Writing and editing
Photo scanning and restoration
Custom book and cover design
Print facilitation (printing costs not included in our services)
We will meet with you and design a custom product that meets your needs and budget. For more information, contact us.
Types of Life History Books
LIFE HIGHLIGHTS BOOK - from $3000
Highlight the most important stories and events of your life, or spotlight a certain time period, such as your childhood, foreign travel, or war experiences. Life Highlights books are usually 75-150 pages and include 50-100 photos. Video interviews can be included with book. See samples here.
COMPREHENSIVE PERSONAL HISTORY BOOK - from $7,000
Tell a more complete story of your life or family in this comprehensive edition. Usually 200-300 pages in length with 200-500 photos. Video interviews can be included with book. See samples here.
HONORARY TRIBUTE (MEMORIAL, ANNIVERSARY, BIRTHDAY) BOOK - from $3000
Honor a loved one with the pictures and stories of those who love them best. A great option to celebrate milestones such as birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, or to show at a memorial service. Can include a memorial mini-documentary video. These vary greatly in length and scope; we can design a package that meets your needs. See samples here.
CUSTOM ANCESTRY BOOK - from $2000
A gorgeously illustrated genealogical book complete with pictures and stories of your cherished ancestors along with supplemental historical background information. Ancestry books vary greatly in length/complexity and cost; we can design a package to fit your needs. See samples here.
A biography written about you, or a family member. Includes research, multiple-source interviews, and professional writing and design. Suitable for sale to the public or for private release. Can be any length or scope.
Life Highlights Book
Comprehensive Personal History
Third-Person Full Biography
Perhaps you've already written your stories, and gathered some photos together. Now what? If you need someone to design and layout your book and get it ready for printing, you've come to the right place. (We can also help with editing, proofreading, and photo digitization if needed.) All our book design is custom-tailored to fit your stories, your style, and your budget. We have a simple pricing formula that we use to give you a quote depending on what your needs are.
We also regularly work with authors and other biographers who need professional layout and cover design for private or commercial publishing.
Contact us for more info and to get a design quote for your project.
Each custom design is tailored to fit your stories, your style, your budget.
Custom genealogy charts, illustration, photo restoration, and historical photo research are all within our range of services.
The design supports the text, drawing the casual browser in for a closer read.
We also work directly with authors and publishers. Cover design for William Hartley's "Faithful and Fearless" Major Howard Egan biography
Interior design for "Faithful and Fearless"
Digital Archive Services
Are you so overwhelmed by the volume and chaos of your family history assets that you put off doing anything useful with them? Bring us your overstuffed boxes, tattered albums, your mountains of memorabilia yearning to breathe free! We will organize, scan, and caption your originals and return them to you with a hardcover photo index book that accompanies your high-quality scans on two forms of digital media.
You can use this archive as a starting point for, or in conjuction with, a life history book if you wish.
We also offer coaching packages. If you want to go solo, but need some professional advice and encouragement along the way, this might be a great option for you. Contact us for more info.
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How to Save Your Life, One Chapter at a Time - our step by step guide to creating a life story book.
Every once in a while, a project comes along that smacks us upside the head (in a good way). A project that, in the doing of it, becomes part of our narrative, part of the story of our career as personal historians, that we will never forget. It’s a story we tell often to convince others, and remind ourselves, of the power of story.
It’s a question we hear often from people who are contemplating writing a memoir or personal history: “How do I decide what to write about?” In a similar vein: “How much should I include? What should I leave out?”
One of my favorite ways to answer the question is with another question: “What would you like to know about your ancestors?”