A life story begins with a blank canvas. Alone, the process can be a little daunting. That's why it's helpful to have a trusted partner when you embark on this journey. Every legacy project is driven by what you'd like to see on that canvas - your unique vision. Our measure of success is to exceed your expectations.
Here are the basic steps to create a life story book:
Step 1: Planning
A planning session is scheduled to define the scope of your project and what you want to achieve. For example, do you want to create a life story that covers all the aspects of your life, or a memoir that is more reflective and topical? Will one person be interviewed, or family members as well? A schedule of interviews is created with areas to be covered in each session. The need and availability of photos are discussed.
Step 2: Interviews
Conducted in your home, interview sessions run for two hours. Typically it takes between 4 to 8 hours of interviews to develop a life story. Every effort is made to make the interviewee feels comfortable and relaxed. A list of areas to be covered is provided before each interview.
Step 3: Preparing the Manuscript
A professional writer organizes, edits and rewrites the narrative so it flows and has polish, while retaining the voice of the interviewee. Photos are gathered and scanned, captions are written. Research and fact-checking is conducted where necessary. A first draft of the manuscript is ready for your review. Your revisions are incorporated; the manuscript is sent to you for final approval.
Step 4: Book Publishing
After a final round of editing, the manuscript is ready for layout and design. Photos are added; the final draft in book form is proofread and your book is ready to be published.
“Linda Abbott created a wonderful life story book for our family. A skilled interviewer and gifted writer, she wove an insightful narrative that was beautifully illustrated with family photos. We treasure our keepsake book, and even my college-age daughter
read it cover-to-cover.”
- Doug, retail CEO, Pennsylvania