There are many ways to tell your story:
- An audio biography engages the listener’s imagination. It is portable for convenience in listening. It is relatively inexpensive
- A video biography brings the subject to life as no other medium can—a video interview shows the tone of voice matched with expressions and gestures. A video production may combine footage from family videos and other visuals for historical context
- The written biography, the book, is the most enduring product. Once done it requires no further maintenance and may be available for many generations. It is a great heirloom, accessible by everyone.
You have things to say about your walk in this life: the joys you have experienced, the pains, the lessons you have learned, your losses and gains, your loves, the people you have known and what they meant to you, your memories of childhood, the human progress you have witnessed and your hopes for the future. Your life has given you wisdom to share. You know that you have something valuable to contribute to history. Maybe you have been planning to write that book but just can’t seem to get around to it. Or you have written some yourself but just can’t get it organized. I can help.
Please contact me for a free consultation.
The initial consultation is without cost or obligation. I will meet with you and any interested party you choose to discuss ways of documenting your story. In this meeting we will go over your vision, the ideas you already have for what you want; we will discuss the possible formats and how they differ. I will answer any questions you have and address any concerns about such things as privacy, copyright and ownership (you are and will remain the owner). I will provide a time and cost estimate. Within a week of this consultation I will present by mail or email a comprehensive proposal based on my understanding of what you want. You will read the proposal, ask any questions you have and make desired amendments. The contract will be based on the amended proposal.
The cost for documenting life stories varies widely, depending on the complexity of the project and the desired product. Family members may share the cost, making the project affordable and beneficial for everyone. The personal history project can be crafted to fit your budget.