Life Story Prices

To create a tailor made and personal Life Story book, it’s much better if I get to know you over a period of time. This will ensure that your book reflects your personality and that you really enjoy the process. To give an idea of costs for a full personal biography, I’ve outlined three packages below.

I do appreciate that a full life story book is an investment so I also offer some lower cost alternatives to get you started.

 

  • You could choose a special “Time Travel Session” which leads to a fascinating and very special Memory Box. Take a look below for more details.
  • You might prefer individual interview and reminiscence sessions. These can cover a particular area of your life and will lead to a printed transcript and a CD recording. These sessions are charged on an hourly basis and include transcription costs. Please get in touch with me for a chat.

I also specialise in books and reminiscence sessions for people living with early stage dementia or with a life limiting illness.

With all my books, payment can either be made in stages or as a monthly amount over the interview and writing period in order to spread the cost.

 

Memory Box – Time Travel Sessions

During a relaxed two hour reminiscence session, you’ll be ‘transported’ back to your childhood and enjoy remembering stories and details that you probably haven’t thought about for years. I’ll bring plenty of memory prompts and images to share with you and have fun with. You’ll be sent a short memory prompt questionnaire in advance to help you organise your thoughts and so I can get to know a little bit about you before we meet. You’ll also need to find up to twelve relevant images, together with an up to date photograph (although I can take one myself if preferred).

The transcript of the interview and an audio recording will then be sent to you in a smart presentation folder with the printed photos incorporated into the text. I will also create a tailor-made memory box for you to have fun with and share with your family. You can add to it over time and create a wonderful resource for memory sharing and reminiscence with family and carers.

Should you then decide to move ahead with a full Life Story Book, half the cost of the Time Travel Session will be taken off the price of your final book if you choose the Gold Package or the full cost if you choose the Platinum Package. The transcript and images will also be edited into the narrative and incorporated into your book.

The cost for this Time Travel Session will be £450

 

Below are my prices for full life story books which involve interviews, transcription, research and photo scanning/editing and optimisation. I then use the transcriptions to write a full narrative life story which totally reflects the personality of the subject. I want your book to be a real page turner which will be treasured and never put on a shelf to gather dust!

 

Silver Life Story Book Package

 

  • Three 2 hour personal interview and document/photograph scanning visits
  • One 2 hour final editing visit
  • Memory prompt and fact checking questionnaire
  • Inclusion of up to 80 personal documents and photos throughout the book
  • Photo editing and damage repair
  • Additional life-story research to a total of 2 hours
  • Two draft text proofs and one final layout proof for approval
  • Two printed copies of an A4 hard backed book, one in a presentation case

£2,995

 

Gold Personal Biography Package

 

  • Six 2 hour personal interview and document/photograph scanning visits
  • One 2 hour final editing visit
  • Memory prompt and fact checking questionnaire
  • Inclusion of up to 150 personal documents and photos throughout the book
  • Photo editing and damage repair
  • Additional life-story research to a total of 5 hours
  • Up to five personal contributions from other family members
  • Up to three draft text proofs and one final layout proof for approval
  • Three printed copies of a luxury A4 hard backed book, one in a presentation case

£5,695

 

Bespoke Platinum Package

 

The Platinum experience is a very special bespoke service. It can also include a fun ‘reminiscence day’ for your entire family and a full biography service. Please contact me for further details.

 

 

Specialist Life Story Books

 

I am very sensitive to individual requirements and personal situations and can create specialised books for older people who are about to move into residential care or retirement accommodation or who are in the early stages of dementia. These books provide a stimulating project, a sense of personal pride and fulfillment and a reassuring focus at a difficult time. They’re also an invaluable and fascinating reference document for family, friends and future carers and provide wonderful ongoing opportunities for conversation and enjoyable reminiscence.

I also create books for people who’ve been diagnosed with a life limiting illness. These powerful books are rewarding and enjoyable to create, focusing on happy memories, love and life achievements. They can provide a positive focus at a difficult time and a stimulating project to enjoy and leave as a legacy to loved ones. It also gives an opportunity to share memories and express important things to loved ones that are often difficult to say in person. As I am not part of the medical team and not a family member, this process can be an enjoyable and relaxing focus at a very stressful time.

We can work with our existing Life Story Packages, write a shorter, simpler book or create something specific to your needs.

If you’d like to have a chat, please give us a call – we’d love to hear from you!

 

 

A Bit of Extra Information…

 

As all our books are bespoke, we can always adapt to your specific requirements.  For example, if you’ve started to write your own life story and need some help to finish it, we can easily put a package together to suit your needs.

If the interviewee lives over 15 miles away, fewer but longer interview sessions may be arranged. Travel expenses may also be charged.

Additional Costs if You Want to Add More to your Chosen Package.

  • Additional interview sessions
  • Additional personal documents or photos placed within your book
  • Additional copies of the printed book for family and friends
  • Additional text or layout proofs
  • Significant photo damage repair
  • Audio CD of edited interview excerpts (for Platinum Package)
  • Additional ontributions from family and friends (for Silver and Gold Package)

 

 

Please contact us for further information or if you have any questions. We’d love to hear from you!