“We’re all made of stories.
When they finally put us underground, the stories are what will go on.”
— Charles de Lint
It’s been said our lives are a collection of stories; truths about who we are, what we believe, where we came from, how we struggle and how we are strong. By sharing your story, you will leave a long-lasting legacy that will connect generations to come.
We will begin the Legacy Narrative process by exploring the main stories or themes in your life and start narrowing down which to include in your memoir. We will discuss your needs and time-frame and at this point determine whether or not we want to work together. Upon agreeing to move forward, we’ll send you a letter of agreement that outlines our mutual expectations and responsibilities.
The memoir-writing process will include: Interviews, Transcription and Editing.
Ideally, interviews will be conducted in person. Documenting a person’s life story or a collection of memories can often take several hours, depending on the memories and your ability to share them. Sessions typically last from one to three hours each and are often spaced out over days or weeks. While this might sound somewhat grueling, please know you will not be grilled during this time, rather these sessions will be easy, ongoing conversations with the interviewer, moving at your pace within your comfort level. You’ll be encouraged to share all details, observations, and reflections; at the same time, we will respect your privacy and can assure you all of our conversations will be held in the strictest confidence.
Transcriptions & Editing:
The recorded interviews will be transcribed and the finished transcription will be edited for clarity, accuracy (some additional fact-checking may be needed as part of this process) and voice. We want your personality to come shining through and will make sure the narrative is authentic.
You will have a chance to review every draft and give us your feedback for changes and additional editing.
The remaining steps of the process include: Design and Formatting, Printing and Binding, and Delivery to you.
Design & Formatting:
Your text will be placed into the design of your choice and we’ll exchange the formatted proof with you a few times as we fine tune with final changes. Once you are satisfied, we then send it to one of our professional proofreaders to catch any oversights.
Printing & Binding:
When you are ready, we will send the files to the printer and bindery. We will work with them and preview your book to ensure accuracy and quality before they ship yours to you.
Each of our Legacy Narratives is unique and highly customized. Your Legacy Narrative can be crafted to fit your budget; the price will be based on the final product you envision and the scope of the project, including the number and length of interviews and the services needed to convert those interviews into the type of product you want.
Length of Time to Complete:
It all depends on the scope of the project. Some projects can be completed in a matter of weeks, while some could take three to six months or even longer. We will discuss the anticipated timeline with you at the very beginning of the project to make sure everyone understands what to expect. And we will of course monitor the time throughout the course of the project, always keeping in mind your expectations and budget.
Contact us to start your narrative process today!
“We’re all just stories in the end.
Just make it a good one.”
— Dr. Who