Publish Your Loved One’s Story!
Unique Custom Gift For Mom, Dad, or Grandparent.
Have you ever thought about preserving the stories a family member has shared over the years?
Now you can with this one-of-a-kind gift: a book detailing your loved one’s personal history.
A truly unique gift idea, this is a keepsake book that future generations will treasure. We capture a record of your loved one’s special memories through personal interviews so their stories are never lost. Our writers will interview your loved one about their stories, memories, and accomplishments, and we will turn our interview notes into a beautiful, professionally published book.
What does this gift include?
- One-hour family consult. Before we interview your loved one, we will schedule a one-hour consultation with you and/or your family to learn more about your loved one and to discuss your goals for this book. During this consult, we will also work with you to develop a set of interview questions.
- Interviews with your loved one. Our professional writers will conduct an interview for up to four hours (by phone or Skype) with your loved one. Digital interview files are included in your gift.
- Transcription. Our professional writers will transcribe their interview notes.
- Custom Printed Book. Professionally printed, 100% CUSTOM hardcover book. Up to 100 pages and including up to 10 photos (optional; provided by you or your loved one in digital format).
How it works
Your writers will contact you within 72 hours of your purchase.
We will schedule a time to speak with your family, to learn more about your loved one and discuss possible interview questions and topics. Not sure what to ask? No worries. We can help provide a list of questions designed to get your loved one thinking and remembering.
From there, we will work with you to schedule interviews (by phone or Skype) with your loved one, at their convenience. Your writing team will spend up to 4 hours asking questions, listening, and recording the interviews.
When the interviews are over, we will transcribe our interview notes and package them in a professionally printed, 100% custom, personalized hardcover book.
“I had previously sent you an email stating how very much pleased I am with the book…but, I am not sure whether I fully expressed it. Frankly, the writing of the book is simply outstanding! You and your team have done a wonderful job of creating a very readable and interesting book! I just can’t believe how it is all coming together.”
“What you came up with was very very good. When Ray told me you were the best, I thought he was just blowing smoke (he does that a lot you know), but you really do a quality professional job. I have enjoyed working with you!”
“Once I started reading Kevin’s story, I couldn’t put it down. Though I knew him personally, I did not know all the struggles he faced on a day to day basis. This is a story of love, courage, faith, and an incredible warrior.”
“I’ve had so much positive feedback and response, from the great job that you did. As a matter of fact, I have been nominated for the Georgia Music Hall Of Fame! It was well worth the time and effort!”
“We are very pleased with the stories you did for us, and it has been a pleasure doing business with your company. We have other books planned, and we will certainly be in touch with you for additional work. In the meantime, please know how much we appreciate everything.”
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Who has the rights to my keepsake book?
A: You do. It’s your book, and you retain 100% of the rights to it.
Q: Can I include pictures in my book?
A: Your custom book can be printed with up to 10 photos. All photos must be supplied by you or your family in digital format (jpg at least 600 dpi).
Q: Who will be interviewing my loved one?
A: One of our professional ghostwriters will be interviewing your loved one. Our writers have a talent for putting people at ease and drawing out memories.
Q: How will the interview be presented in the book?
A: The interview will be presented in a question-and-answer format.
Q: Will you edit or change any of my loved one’s answers?
A: We will remove unnecessary words and small talk (e.g. “um,” “good morning,” etc.). We may also rearrange answers so they flow more naturally as a story.
Q: What will the book look like?
A: It will be a hardcover book, professionally bound and printed, with a linen cover with beautiful gold embossing and interior pictures.
Q: Will I receive anything else with my book?
A: In addition to your professionally printed book, you will receive digital files of our interview with your loved one.
Q: What if my loved one decides they don’t want to be interviewed?
A: No problem. Please be assured, we have worked with many reluctant interviewees. After some initial hesitation, the vast majority of them find the process incredibly enjoyable. Once we get them talking, we will discover all sorts of fun stories you never knew about!
Q: What is your refund policy?
A: This gift is partially refundable, as long as you cancel the project before your book is sent to print. Upon notice of cancellation, you will be refunded the full amount paid minus time spent at $95/hour. The item is not refundable any time after the book has been sent to print.
Q: How long will it take for our family to get the book?
A: This is a 100% custom item. We recommend allowing at least 8 to 10 weeks for completion and delivery of your final keepsake book.
Q: If the book itself takes several weeks to deliver, what do I give my loved one the day I give them the gift?
A: If you believe that the best things come in small packages, consider an understated envelope, containing the exciting news and explaining the gift. You can use one of the ones we’ve provided below (click on a letter to download) or create your own.
Want something a little more elaborate? Consider a surprise gift box, such as the one in the example presentation below.
Q: How can I get the whole family involved?
A: Want to give your whole family the chance to honor your favorite relative? Consider asking others to contribute to a gift “From All of Us”. Sites like payit2.com make it easy for anyone to pitch in, no need to mail checks or send cash.
Q: What if I want additional copies?
A: No problem. Additional copies can be ordered for $40 to $200/copy, depending on number of copies. Just let us know after your initial purchase, and we can get you an exact quote for the copies you need.
Q: What if I want more than 4 hours of interviews or 10 photos?
A: We are happy to oblige. Additional interviews, layout, photo insertion, editing, and writing services can be purchased a la carte for $95/hour. Such add-on services can be quoted after your initial purchase. We can also quote custom family history packages if you are interested in full-length family histories, genealogical research, ghostwriting, autobiography, or other services.
About The Writers For Hire, Inc.
Our team of experienced ghostwriters and family historians has written more than 30 nonfiction books and autobiographies. Not only are our team members talented storytellers, they’re also skilled interviewers who understand the nuances of writing for someone else.