Posted on Jul 20, 2017 in Editorial.
I can confirm, from personal experience, that LifeBook really are the premium private memoir writers. When I decided I wanted to write my autobiography, I reviewed all the companies out there, as I always do my homework, and felt LifeBook offered the best package. From the day I purchased it, my personal project manager was in contact with me explaining every step of the project. They also sent me a wonderful journal which helped a lot in my preparation for the interviews.
LifeTime’s way of capturing memories has clearly been carefully researched and the regular 90-minute interviews were just the right length so that I didn’t get tired or lose concentration. I am only in my early 70s (and still working in between rounds of golf), but I could not have really coped with longer than that. The regular reviews also enabled me to check on the writing as it evolved and meant I could add things I had forgotten to say the first time I was interviewed. Also, reading the manuscript regularly prompted additional memories which is exactly what they explained would happen.
It is a very carefully planned project and every little detail has been considered. During the 12 meetings, I had enough time to tell my story. Had I wanted more time I could have arranged this, but again their research and experience meant that it was the perfect amount of interview time – anything less would not have done my story justice. The 45,000 words and the 200 pages were perfect to include my photos too. Had I wanted more than 60, I was told these could have been arranged.
It was so important to me that I didn’t have to send my photos anywhere. They are so precious; I didn’t want to risk losing them. LifeTime really appreciated this and did not expect me to send them out, which was a great relief. Instead, my interviewer helped me choose the photos and scanned them all here at home. We captioned them together to compliment my story – it was great fun to go through all those memories again.
My personal project manager at the LifeTime head office was on hand at all times to guide and advise me and I felt she really had taken the time to get to know my story. As I don’t live too far away, I visited the head office (which is situated in beautiful restored 17th-century barn) and met the entire team there, including my own project manager, editor and typesetter. This was great as I got to know my whole project team and they were all so welcoming, it added to the enjoyment of the project. I was also able to see, first-hand, an example of the beautiful books and dust jackets I would receive once I finished my project. It really added to my excitement about the overall project.
I was also lucky enough to be shown their new audio book which they will record as part of my project and present in a personalised presentation box. My family will love it.
I have had a fantastic time with LifeTime and have been recommending it to all my friends. I can’t wait to show my family the final books!