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Information on the process of creating a personal history.

The Process of Creating a Personal History

The process of creating your personal history begins with a free consultation, preferably in person. Having this consultation provides a time for us to get better acquainted and allows me to describe the services that I offer.

When you have determined what type of project on which you would like to embark, then I provide a letter of engagement with details of the project and the costs.

Each project is unique. However, based on the project and the scope involved, our work together could take as little as a few weeks or as much as a year to finish.

Here is a general timeline:

  •  Interviews are conducted in sessions of no more than two-hours in length, during which the audio interview is recorded on a digital audio recorder.  Interviews are conducted in the comfort of your home or at a mutually agreed upon place with little to no background noise.
  •  Interviews are transcribed verbatim.
  •  The rough draft is created. Rearranging of text is done to create an enjoyable flow to your story. Transitions are written as needed. Additional research is done to ascertain accurate spellings of cities, companies, schools, etc. If there are historical events or figures mentioned, additional research and text may be included to further enrich your story. Editing and proofreading are conducted.
  •  Rough draft goes to you for up to a 30-day review. At the end of that time period or earlier if you wish, we meet to discuss the revisions that you desired.
  •  Revisions are completed based on your input.
  •  Final draft goes to you for up to a 30-day review. At the end of that time period or earlier if you wish, we meet again to discuss any final revisions.
  •  If final revisions are indicated, these are completed based on your input.
  •  A photocopied final manuscript goes to you for up to a 14-day review. At the end of that time period or earlier if you wish, we meet again for you to sign a release form indicating the satisfactory completion of the project.
  •  At this point, you will be asked if you wish to create a final product beyond a photocopied manuscript i.e. additional copies, adding digital photo files to the manuscript, using print-on-demand publishing to create a coil-bound booklet or a perfect-bound paperback book. If you so choose, then we would enter into a second phase, known as Product Phase.

Please note that the scope and timeline of the project will increase if you request additional interview time beyond what has been originally determined.