Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
What are your service charges?
We provide customized Guided Autobiography, editorial and design services. Please describe your project and we will provide a quote on request.
How long does a Memoir take to complete?
A full-life personal history can typically take six to eight months from start of project to completion of manuscript. That covers planning, interviewing, transcribing, writing, and editing work. A collection of vignettes, or short life stories, can be accomplished in half that time.
Add one to two months for design, layout, and printing, should you choose to self-publish your book.
A corporate/business history can take between three to five months, depending on the scope of your project.
Content & Process
Should I include painful experiences in my story?
Writing about your life journey is a powerful way to reflect on and make sense of events and experiences in our lives. Many comment on the therapeutic, in some cases cathartic, benefits of writing and sharing their life story with others.
Ultimately, you choose what to include and what not to include in your life story. If some things are too painful to revisit, you may choose to bury them with the past. That said, writing about traumatic or harrowing times in your life can also open doors for you to re-contextualize and re-frame past events (see things under a new light), and, perhaps, heal old wounds.
How can I get my book published?
Getting published may be one of your goals. The traditional publishing world is difficult to crack. For those wanting to write for the general public, consider writing your story first. Then explore options for finding a literary agent or publisher directly.
If you want to create a book to share with family and friends, we work with our clients to design, layout (with photos), and self-publish their books.
My story isn’t interesting. Who would want to read about my life?
You have valuable knowledge and wisdom to impart. Fame is not required.
You have been through unique experiences that have shaped who you are. You’ve grown through your ups and downs.
Think of the joy and learning others – such as your family and friends – will receive from reading about your life. Share your story. Inspire others.