A book about your life - a perfect gift for the family
Your life in a book
Have you thought about writing your life story as a book for your family to share and enjoy? Would you like some friendly, professional help?
I'm Katarina, an experienced Sussex-based writer who will gather your stories and memories and shape them into a rich, engaging autobiography. Using your particular words, expressions and style of speech, your story will be in your distinctive voice as if you've written it yourself. With photographs, letters and diary extracts, I will create for you a beautiful book to give to your family as a lasting life story legacy.
If writing doesn’t come naturally, if you haven’t got the time to write your story, or if your first language isn’t English, I can help.
Why write your story?
A family heirloom?
“Wonderful to have a book about mum that we can pass on to the grandchildren. The best gift ever.”
A personal legacy?
“My children had only ever known their grandfather as a frail old man; they were amazed that he’d led such a remarkable life - and were seeing him in a new light.”
To make sense of the past?
“My book has made me feel proud of my life and what I have achieved, and my family understand so much more about my struggles.”
How it works
At our initial meeting we will discuss ideas for your book project. I will show you examples of my work and talk you through the book writing process. I can offer helpful tips and advice on organising your thoughts and recollections.
At each interview, we will chat about your life and I will be an active listener, recording what you say and asking questions here and there to jog your memory. A few days after the interview you will receive a fully edited draft to check.
When all the interviews have been put together as one flowing story I will add photographs, letters and documents and, using the latest digital software, create for you a beautiful book with a great title and a stunning front cover.
Rest assured that all the information you share with me is in strict confidence and I will never judge or add my opinions to your story. I will simply listen, ask questions and ensure that you finish up with a compelling narrative that reflects how you wish to remember your life.
Throughout the project you will have plenty of opportunity to review your story and add new information or change what has been written. It is your book and you have complete veto over it.
I take care of everything - interviews, writing, editing, proofreading, typesetting, cover design, and printing - which means you can sit back, relax and enjoy the whole life story experience.
Please take a look at one of my sample books below. Please wait a while until the book loads, then click on the arrow on the right of it to turn the pages.
I offer books in three standard sizes, but I can also quote for shorter, longer and bespoke projects. Whatever your requirement simply contact me and we can talk it through.
You can order as many books as you wish - five, ten, twenty - just say the word.
If we are not able to meet in person, we can use skype or video conferencing. In other words, I will be able to help you wherever you live in the UK, or indeed the world.
Our initial discussion, where we chat about a possible project, is free of charge.
Life Story Compact
Up to 6,000 words
Up to 12 colour photographs
About 40 pages
Full colour cover
1 hardback copy
plus a digital copy
Life Story Profile
Up to 15,000 wordsUp to 30 colour photographs
About 100 pages
Full colour cover
3 hardback copies
Life Story Novel
Up to 25,000 words
Up to 50 colour photographs
About 180 pages
6 hardback copies
I'm delighted to share some comments from a few recent clients.
"I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Katarina on my memoir. She was helpful, patient, thorough and professional and made the whole experience very easy for me."
"My book about dad's life is being enjoyed by my family and friends - one of whom has commented already that it is 'so beautifully written'."
"My books arrived this morning and I am quite overwhelmed. I could not have summed up enough energy to do a book about my life without Katarina's kind and gentle direction."
I'm Katarina, a professional writer, editor and digital communications manager with over 20 years' experience of writing stories and articles for magazines, journals and websites.
My writing service allows me to concentrate on my three loves - people, books and design - where I bring together unique family histories, photographs and memories to create beautiful hand-crafted books that can be passed down from generation to generation.
Recent projects include:
Thanks for getting in touch
Contact me by phone on 07982 465351 or email email@example.com or complete the form below.
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