1. Why should I tell my life story or create a memoir?
The work that you do as we create your memoir will change you. The interview process will help you see at least parts of your life from a new perspective. You will find meaning in the events and encounters that shaped you. By sharing your story with others you will not only pass on what you have learned but inspire them to reflect on their own life journey.
2. How long does the project take and what is my effort?
From the first interview to completion, producing a 40,000 to 60,000 word book typically takes between eight and ten months. I give you a firm estimate upfront and make sure we hit your deadlines.
The process of creating your memoir does not require much effort on your part, but it feels rewarding. Your contribution is sitting down with me for interviews where I ask questions, listen closely and draw out your story — even the parts that you’ve not expressed before.
3. What will it cost me to have you write my book? What are the payment terms?
My fee depends on the type of book (memoir, business), the agreed length of the book, and the amount of research required. Assuming an average research effort, a short memoir of 40,000 words (about 180 to 200 pages) is $62,000, a longer memoir of 60,000 words (about 270 to 300 pages) is $75,000.
This includes interviews, transcripts, outlining, writing, revision, editing, cover and interior design, publishing, printing, and delivery of 50 hardcover copies.
You pay in monthly installments or in four equal installments. A book takes eight to ten months to complete.
For travel outside the Los Angeles area I charge basic travel and lodging expenses.
There are no other fees.
4. Will you meet me in person to write the book?
Yes. We meet at least once before we sign a contract.
If possible, we meet in person for the interviews, but Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp, FaceTime, and Microsoft Teams are also options. For the duration of the pandemic, we can substitute a video conference for the initial in-person planning meeting.
5. Can you help me publish the book?
Yes. My standard services include cover and interior design, printing, publishing, and listing with major distributors like Amazon and Barnes & Noble. You will receive 50 hardcover copies and can easily order more.
6. Can you help me market the book?
Yes. Collaboration with a book marketing agency should start before publication. I will help you initiate the process at the right time and can connect you with proven industry leaders that specialize in self-published authors.
7. Who owns the intellectual property rights?
You are the author of the book. You receive all the credit and retain all rights, including copyright. I am a ghost. It is your book.
If you have unanswered questions, please contact me.