FAQ

 

How big will my book be?

Unless your memoir spans several generations or is packed full of photos, think of an average, novel-sized book of approximately 250 pages. This is a comfortable read for most people.

How long will my memoir take to write?

I’ve found that approximately ten months from the start to the final draft is a good pace. However, books are sometimes required urgently, and shorter time frames can be arranged.

How do we do my memoir? How does it happen?

After we work out your book’s content – what you want to say, we have a series of interviews where I phone you or our chosen interviewees, for approximately an hour at a time. I ask questions and listen to your (or our interviewees’) memories, stories, and thoughts about life. It’s a simple as that. We work out the right period between calls to allow a good time for reflections and memories to crystallise, and it’s important to create the time for that. Naturally, we also factor in holidays and other commitments.

Can we meet?

In the uncertain days of the COVID-19 pandemic, face-to-face meetings are difficult. However, when we return to a new normal, face-to-face meeting can be discussed.

What about private and sensitive matters that I discuss with you?

Everything you tell me is in the utmost confidence. If you later decide that something you’ve told me is no longer appropriate, it is deleted. It’s your book and you decide what goes in it.

Will you need to talk with other people?

When we work on the content of your book, we list the people who would be valuable contributors. I then contact them and ask for their help. People are usually delighted to be involved.

Who has the final say on my memoir’s content?

You have the final say on what goes into your memoir.

Who designs and organises my book cover?

Unless you’re a graphic designer, it’s best to leave book cover design to the professionals. I will put you in touch with designers who will understand your needs and come up with just the right cover, taking on board your ideas and preferences.

Is it OK for my name to be on the front cover as the author?

Absolutely. Remember, these are your words, your memories, reflections, feelings, opinions and emotions. This is all about you, and your name should be there.

How do you make my memoir sound like me?

Your voice is the most important part of your book. The way we speak does not translate well into writing, so I use my skills and experience to make your readers feel like you’re talking to them, telling your story as they read your book, while keeping everything flowing and engaging.

How long is a memoir?

The length of your memoir depends on how much content you want to include. Surprisingly, details you may consider to be mundane may be of huge interest to your family and friends. For example, the way you were brought up, the clothes you wore, how you travelled, and how you spent your time, become more fascinating the more the years roll on.

How much will writing my memoir cost?

This depends on various factors, including the number of people you’d like me to interview apart from yourself, and the depth of research required, but the average investment in my services starts at around AUD$21,000 (plus GST).

Does the cost of writing my memoir have to be paid upfront?

A deposit is required and then the balance is paid over the following months.

Are there any additional hidden costs I should know about?

Unless you require me to travel, there are no hidden costs during the writing of your book. Once you have your final draft, there will be further costs if you are indie (self) publishing your book and engage an editor, book cover designer, publisher etc. We discuss all the options so you can decide on an appropriate strategy.