Frequently Asked Questions
Should I self-publish?
We think your memoir is invaluable as a life review, a legacy, an honoring, a witnessing, a teaching... but probably not as a commodity. Yes, you should self-publish it.
How much will it cost?
An assisted memoir often costs about $4,000 in labor and related expenses; printing and binding starts at $1,000 (digital). Rarely does it cost less. A commissioned memoir often starts at about $40,000 for labor and related expenses; high-quality printing and binding (offset, sewn) starts at about $5,000.
What makes Modern Memoirs different from other memoir services and/or self-publishing services?
We think we've got the best of both worlds: the experience and skill set that can be found in some of the large self-publishing companies, and the personal service that is the hallmark of the small self-publishing companies. With more than twenty-five years in the business, we bring you high-quality writing and editing, tasteful design, and sensitivity to your needs as an individual and family member. We've honed our ability to work efficiently and communicate clearly. We work closely with you, whatever stage of the process you are in, to bring your memoir into being, exactly the way you want it.
How much time will it take?
An assisted memoir often takes three or four months. A commissioned memoir often takes a year and a half.
What does Modern Memoirs need from me to get started?
Before interviewing you for a commissioned memoir, we need some background about your life history so that we can educate ourselves before the interviews. For an assisted memoir, we need your manuscript. Call us or become a client to get started.
I just want my memoir for my family, some organizations, and some other people. Is that OK?
Yes! Most of our clients are just like you.
How many books do most people want?
Most people order between 25 and 400 books.
Can I visit your office?
Yes! Please contact us to schedule your visit to Amherst in beautiful Western Massachusetts.
Can I use Skype or FaceTime to meet?
Yes! Let's make an appointment.
Do you offer references?
Absolutely! We love connecting new and former clients.
If you still have any questions that we haven't answered, feel free to contact us and ask away.