Frequently Asked Questions
Q. I’ve done tons of research, but how do I decide what to do next?
A. We get it. Life story writing is complex, and every decision you make seems to spawn yet another decision! Allow us to streamline the process: We give you options and ideas, and you decide how to proceed. Then let us take care of the details to create a life history that realizes your vision.
Q. How long will it take?
A. Plan on six to twelve months from our first consultation to receiving your book. If you need it in a hurry, we can expedite your project from beginning to end—just say the word.
Q. How much input do I get?
A. You are in charge! Everything is up to you: what information goes into your manuscript, what images are used, how many copies are printed. By the time your book goes to the printer, you will have seen and approved every bit of it, every step of the way.
Q. Can I use my vintage photos, even if they’re cracked or faded?
A. Absolutely! We can digitally improve and restore photos—as well as handwritten letters, recipes, marriage certificates, diplomas, ship manifests, and census records. (We can also find historical images and get permission to use them.) Be assured that every single image used in your project will look its best.
Q. How do your books get printed?
A. We partner with small, U.S.-based printers and binders, all of whom take great pride in their craft. We handle every detail, ensuring that your book is exactly as you want it.
Q. How much does it cost?
A. A custom-made life story can cost anywhere between $10,000 and $25,000 and up. (Think of it as you would a significant family vacation: The price tag depends on where you want to go and what you do when you get there.) But our smaller projects can cost much less. Just give a call for a detailed proposal.