No two Remarkable Life books are the same, for the simple reason that no two clients’ stories are the same.
Memoirs can vary significantly in length and tone. Some sprawling family histories include many images and perspectives; others are deeply personal projects. Even culinary histories can reflect their authors’ personalities, with some full of anecdotes about past generations, while others are serious works of research.
And that’s what sets Remarkable Life apart. Everything we do is customized for your project.
But the same three components go into creating every one of our privately published books: Words come first, then images, then publishing. Let us help you make the right decisions for you—as easy as 1-2-3!
Decision #1: How Your Story Will Be Written
All memoirs and family histories start with a manuscript, the written draft that will become the basis of your book. But you don’t have to be a writer to create that manuscript. Fortunately, Remarkable Life Memoirs has tons of experience in moving your story from idea to printed page.
If you’ve already completed your manuscript: We can refine your writing and take it to the next level with personalized coaching. If you need editorial help, we’ll arrange everything from high-level editing to copyediting and proofreading.
If you want to write your story but aren’t sure how to start: We can provide one-on-one writing coaching to teach you the fundamentals of being a confident storyteller.
If you want to create a real-life history without actually writing it yourself: We offer ghostwriting services, a process in which we interview you and craft the manuscript in your voice.
Our stellar editorial experts work with you to create a manuscript that’s engaging and authentic. No matter how you choose to tell your story, we’ll make it a legacy worthy of readers now—and into the future.
Decision #2: How Your Story Will Look
Once your manuscript has been created, it’s time to think about how it will look. Great book design can be subtle, but it’s a crucial part of timeless storytelling.
Choosing images: You probably have photos and documents that would help illustrate your memoir or family history. We can help you decide which will strengthen your manuscript—and we’ll scan and digitally make them look their best. And if you don’t have a desired image, we can arrange to find it!
Designing the interior: Properly integrating images into your story will make each page sparkle. Everything—from typography to family trees—is carefully chosen to create an engrossing experience for the reader.
Creating your book’s cover: We know what makes a book irresistible—a strong title, compelling images, and a unified design that makes readers curious about the unique story inside.
Our veteran design team goes far beyond aesthetics. Visual details—explaining, illustrating, entertaining—add layers of depth and meaning to life writing. We’ll be your partner and guide in creating something timeless and beautiful, inside and out.
Decision #3: How Your Story Will Be Published
Technology comes and goes, but you’ll never need a user’s manual to read a book! RLM’s printing options are designed to appeal to every taste and price point. Let us help you choose the right format to preserve your memoir or family history.
Leather-bound: These heirloom-quality books are our most luxurious option. The highest-quality materials—hand-polished English goatskin, gold leaf stamping, imported fabrics—go into our leather-bound books, which are handmade by artisans in the U.S.
Hardcover/softcover: Like their leather-bound cousins, our full-color hardcovers and softcovers are made with archival-quality materials and made to last, just at a lower price point. For distributing to family and friends, or to be offered at speaking engagements.
Ebooks/PDFs: All our books are available in a digitized form. Perfect for sharing with a far-flung audience at a modest cost.
Does all that seem like a lot of decisions? RLM experts are here to guide you every step of the way. We’d love to help you get your memoir or family history off the ground. Please get in touch to start the conversation!