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How does the process work?
The process for a commemorative book begins with a personal consultation, either in person or by phone, during which we determine together the best type of book for your intention. To begin, most people like to gather photos for the book. You may also want to include newspaper clippings and other memorabilia.

A commemorative book is based on recordings of personal interviews of you and/or people you select who were a part of the honored person's life. We will interview people you select.

If you prefer to conduct the interviews yourself, whether to save money (this will keep the final costs down) or for personal reasons (perhaps Grandma won't talk to a stranger), we'll be happy to teach you our simple method of interviewing. If you choose to conduct the interviews, you send us a recording of those interviews.

We transcribe the interviews, editing for flow, grammar and form. The information is collected together in a final product that will celebrate the life of the person you wish to commemorate.

How long will my book be?
That will be entirely up to you. We find that 10-15 pages is a good length for a retirement or birthday commemorative book. For a book honoring the entire life of someone who is no longer with us, 20-25 pages is often a guideline.

How much will this cost?
The final cost will depend on a number of factors. The initial cost of writing a commemorative ebook averages $75-$150 per page, and includes a printer-ready pdf and a PowerPoint presentation. If you are sending the book to people around the country, or focusing on a presentation for a retirement party or family reunion, you may choose to use the ebook form exclusively.

If you prefer a printed book, we will be happy to recommend a variety of reasonably priced, quality options.

After your initial consultation, we will provide you with a written estimate of costs.

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