Tell Us Your Story

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If you don’t have the time, expertise, or confidence to write your own memoir, The Cheerful Word can write it for you. We specialize in helping everyday people discover and preserve their life stories in memoirs that matter. Our carefully chosen writers become your personal guides, and walk you through the process from first interview to the final draft. All you need to do is focus on sharing the best of your life stories.

A professional memoir writer will be specially chosen for you and will guide you through a no-hassle process of becoming the consummate storyteller. After a little bit of prep work, all you do is tell your stories! It will feel like a series of conversations with a good friend, expertly guided to capture the stories you treasure most.

Each interview is digitally recorded, which helps us capture your unique voice and turns of phrase, and ensures the final book has the character and personality for which you are known. Once your interviews are complete, we take your words and turn them into a memoir you'll be proud to share with family and friends.

One of our greatest compliments is when we hear a relative read one of our family books and say, “That sounds just like you!”

Extraordinary Memories Package: $9,400

  • Up to four hours of interviews*
  • One photo for the cover
  • Finished paperback book (Includes interior and cover design, two PDF drafts, one proof print, and four copies of the book. Additional copies are available.)

Epic Storyteller’s Package: $11,400

  • Up to six hours of interviews*
  • Three photos for cover
  • Finished paperback book (Includes interior and cover design, two PDF drafts, one proof print, and four copies of the book. Additional copies are available.)

*Additional interview hours may be purchased. Please contact us for details.

What's the memoir process?

  1. Fill out a brief questionnaire to tell us a little bit about yourself.
  2. Our project manager, Sam, will contact you and ask a few questions and answer any you may have lingering. 
  3. If you both feel that moving forward is a stellar idea, Sam will send you an Agreement to read and sign. She will then choose a writer she feels is the best fit for you.
  4. After we receive your deposit and a signed Agreement, which includes an outline of project milestones and a soft publication date, your writer will contact you to arrange a schedule for interviews and draft review dates.
  5. The rest is for you to sit back and enjoy the experience of being a storyteller! Your writer will guide you through the interview process as you narrate your own life stories, just the way you want to be remembered. Once we’ve completed a first draft, you will have 14 days to review and respond with specific comments on a questionnaire that we will furnish.
  6. Your writer will then produce a final draft. This draft will go directly to a book designer, who will put your book together with any photos you may have furnished.
  7. Your book is proofread and corrected.
  8. You will receive a PDF draft of your book to approve for printing. You will have 7 days to review and respond. Only minor errors can be corrected at this stage such as dates or name spelling corrections. Once this is complete, your memoir book is printed and delivered to you.

Get Started—There's no commitment!

The questionnaire is a simple way for us to get to know a little bit about you and how we can contact you. There is no commitment, and we promise not to bug you if you decide not to preserve your life stories with us. If you're ready to Tell Us Your Story, simply complete the form and we'll contact you in a day or two.

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Thank you for entrusting your life stories to The Cheerful Word. We look forward to speaking with you soon!