I would love to help you tell and share your story.
You have a story worth telling, and the thought of leaving a legacy, sharing your joys, challenges, and unique past with family and friends and/or the world is compelling, meaningful, and maybe exciting. The thought of writing one’s life story, however, is a daunting one to most.
There are several facets to the process:
- CAPTURING THE STORY
- WRITING, EDITING, PROOFREADING
THE DETAILS, via Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How do you charge for your services?
We have a consultation about what you’re seeking to do, how far you are/where you are in the process, to see how well we converse and like each other, and if it feels like a good fit on both our parts, I customize a quote for you.
It’s so important to know we can work together, as we’ll be working together closely for a long period of time. I take very seriously that you are entrusting something very special with me, and want you to feel confident about me and your investment.
Do you have a standard rate?
It’s not really possible as the variables are numerous. The FAQ should help to better understand the complexity and factors involved.
How long will it take?
The short answer is “it depends,” and the long answer is “it depends.” (Smile.) It depends on factors like how fast you want it, do you want to print it, how long you envision it being, how available and organized you are during the process, and more. In general, it will be at least three to six months.
How do I tell you my story?
We agree on the overall outline for the book; straight chronological outlines are the easiest. From there, it depends. You have the options of
- Recording your story digitally and providing me with a Word document transcription,
- Telling me your story via phone or video conferencing which I record digitally and get transcribed,
- If you have written your story already, or at least parts of it, that is another piece to the quote that’s considered.
- And I’m open to other ideas if you have them (for me getting your words out of your head and into a form with which I can work).
Can I include photos in my book?
Absolutely! Photos often make the book more compelling. There are a number of factors that go into determining that piece of the quote (quantity and quality of photos, photo-retouching for old photos, etc.).
What if I don’t like the writing?
We work very closely in the initial stage to ensure your voice is clear in the writing – it must sound like you and only you. You read the first chapter drafts carefully, ensuring accuracy, and approving each chapter. I make sure from the start that you like – and hopefully love – the writing. If you don’t like the writing we come to agreement on ending the project amicably for us both.
Is self-publishing hard?
Not at all! If you are savvy and wish to do it yourself, I can prepare the files as needed. If you’d like me to take care of that for you, it will be included in the quote.
Do I own the sole rights to the book?
Does your name appear on the book, or can it just be mine?
That is entirely up to you. Some people will have only their name on the cover, and then give credit to their writing collaborator in the acknowledgments, some list both names on the cover, some want only their name – it’s whatever you want.
Do I have to pay you royalties or a portion of the profits if I make it for sale?
No – all profits are yours!
How does payment work?
- A payment of 80% of the quote is required upfront, which is fairly standard in the industry. Because we will communicate regularly, if or when we see things changing, if needed we will come to a new agreement in writing for every adjustment.
- The final balance is due in full prior to your book being printed and/or published electronically, or me giving you the final files.
What experience do you have?
I am an author, have written, edited, formatted and published three books, have been a team member and contributor on a published anthology, have been an advanced reader on books poised for publication, have been on book launch teams, and have assisted a number of authors and poets in writing and editing in various capacities.
I have been a successful writer of many formats for employers, business owner friends who needed copy assistance, freelance contracts, and for my own work for over 20 years. I have a long history of copywriting, editing, and proofreading. I have a graphic design background and have designed four book covers, and hundreds of pieces of collateral materials, extensive experience formatting and image manipulation. I have also been a director of production overseeing project managers, and which included final reads of projects prior to finalization.
I have questions that aren’t answered here. How can I get them to you?
Ask them here, and we can schedule a call together for sure!