Life / Legacy Books

Legacy Story: Depiction of a life from birth to present is known as a legacy story. It typically includes many photographs, carefully picked for signifigance and meaning.

Memoir: A story focusing on specific events or a particular period of life for its exceptional significance is considered a memoir. This type of story is like looking at a slide through a microscope–its focus is up-close and personal, and typically includes thoughtful contemplation on life events during that time period.

A legacy book collects the most memorable stories from your personal or professional life, and illustrates the situations and events that shaped your life and defined your character. They typically include photos, personal or business documents, and journals. Some clients incorporate their poetry and artwork into the book as well.

Ideas:

  • If a loved one is in the hospital or hospice, hire a personal historian to capture an amazing life before it is too late.
  • Start a life story as a young person and add an extra volume every five to ten years, creating a comprehensive life story.
  • Siblings could share the cost of a life story book for a parent’s birthday or holiday gift.
  • If you joined the military, participated in a humanitarian or missionary organization, or were involved with a volunteer group, then consider a life story book to preserve the memories.

The Process:

  1. Meet for the initial consultation and discuss the project’s scope
  2. Interview you, family members, and friends as requested. I will transcribe each interview and use them to plot the story.
  3. Gather all additional materials (all the photos, news clippings, letters, etc. you want included in the book).
  4. Write a first draft of the book and begin the editing process.
  5. Create a book layout and cover (or hire a book designer).
  6. Provide you with a final proof to approve. Send the approved book to the printer.
  7. Give you a book to cherish for the rest of your life.

Contact me for a free 40-minute consultation!

Life / Legacy Books August 5, 2011

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