YOUR BOOK: Our purpose is
to capture your personal story and deliver it with clarity and tone.
We will produce a work that reflects both the facts and meaning of
your life, and
design it either for a private audience -- e.g., family and friends
-- or for the general public, and make your story available in
bookstores and on Amazon. We will also make it available on Kindle for
You may already have written your story,
or a part of it, and just
require some pre-publication polishing. Or you may
have an attic-full of photographs and memorabilia, and your memories.
And you would not be the first person whose life has been too personal to be recounted
directly, and would be better set in a fictional format.
Our approach is to elicit the story from
whatever information sources are available. The first step is to sit down with
you and interview you about your life. It is a fascinating
process in itself, because we are able to tap into your past, draw
on your memory, to extract the salient points of your story.
This interviewing process -- it is practical
even if you have a completed
literary work -- is stimulating both for you and for us. Through
the interview we are able to record a compendium of both facts and
emotions, and thus create an honest and realistic book. Of course,
you have the final say over what goes into your book, but in
virtually all cases you will be pleased with what we have been able to
draw from the recesses of your mind, and particularly how we then weave
them into your story and eventually a book.
The interview will be transcribed, and then we
will write through a narrative that is reflective and compellingly
human. Stories can be told as biography, i.e., in the third person,
or as autobiography in the first.
YOUR VIDEO: It may be that
you want the
interview process to be conducted with cameras so that we can
produce your story in an electronic format. When you see yourself on
your video you will know more about where you've been in your life,
both through the myriad facts you've collected and the wide range of feelings
you experienced. It is right there on the
screen. A picture is worth ten thousand words -- yes, ten
thousand; look it up in Bartlett's -- and the tremendous power of
picture and sound can tell your story as clearly as if you were
telling it live, right then and there.
We will take the raw interview and produce from
it a video presentation of poignancy and purpose, history and heart. Tony Seton was
Barbara Walters' news producer at ABC Network, and has conducted more than a thousand of his own interviews.
Your video can be kept for your private use only, or we can arrange distribution
for you on DVD. We can also make it available for sale to the public.
YOUR AUDIO: We will also make an audio version
of your video production, which you can also distribute
electronically and/or on CDs.
YOUR WEBSITE: Many people are satisfied to have
a web presence through one of the social networks like Facebook. We
are ready to produce something far more satisfying. We can put your
story -- in word, pictures, audio and video -- on your own website.
We can include links to your own important and favorite sites. All
of this can be accomplished using your colors and style, and even with
background music if you like.
OUR FEES: Fees are based on the unique requirements of each
project. A book produced from scratch will start at $25,000.
Production expenses are additional and we add a 15% surcharge to
sub-contracts. Total project costs vary
depending on the story, the format(s), and the amounts and
types of materials -- e.g., writing, photographs, audio and video,
additional interviews, biographical research -- that are required to
produce the story to our mutual standards. We recognize that every
life is a work in progress, and so are meticulous in our detail. We
will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.