As-Told-To and Assisted Memoirs
We work with clients who are two different stages: clients who want us to take charge of the text of their memoir (a commissioned memoir, an as-told-to memoir, and a narrative memoir are the same) and clients who have already written their memoir and simply want us to help them with the next steps (an assisted memoir).
For a commissioned memoir, we interview you, transcribe the interviews, distill text from the interviews, and edit for readability and clarity. We work with your words so that your memoir reads well, provides the information you want, and reflects you in a nuanced and authentic way. Authenticity is important to us and we do not embellish or reduce your stories. Family members often say that a relative's commissioned memoir sounds just like him or her.
For an assisted memoir, you send us your written manuscript, and we edit—maintaining the authenticity of the author's voice—and then proceed to the next step for both types of memoirs, design and formatting.
For all projects, we work closely with you at all stages of production, from editing to printing. The galleys flow back and forth between us until the files go to print. We want you to feel satisfied and safe in the knowledge that the all-important corrections have been made, whether it is the name of an aunt, the acknowledgment of a valued employee, or your son's birthday.
When you are ready, we design and format your book, adding your photographs, captions, and supplementary materials, e.g. genealogy charts, documents, letters, translated materials, and custom maps.
Then we educate you about optimal printing and binding options for your needs. We work hard to narrow down the dizzying array of variables in print/bind technologies, materials for the cover stock and interior papers, and costs. Once you make a decision, your books are printed and bound to your specifications, and delivered to your doorstep.
You are unique and so is your memoir.