Do you wish you had the life story of your parents or grandparents?
Have you thought about writing a memoir but didn’t know where to start?
Have your children or grandchildren asked you to write down your experiences?
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Don’t wait until it’s too late. Tell Your True Life Story Now.

You don’t have to write that book yourself. A life story professional can help you.
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What does a life story professional do?

Through in-depth interviews I will record the story of your life, transcribe those interviews and write a personal history of your life in your voice– as if you were speaking conversationally to the reader. I will also interview family members who have stories about you and your life.

I’m a professional journalist who has written 5 books, including a co-authored memoir for Random House, and numerous essays and articles for publications ranging from the New York Times to Ladies Home Journal to the Atlantic. I believe that everyone’s life story is worth telling and I am confident that with my skills I can make your life story compelling.

 

 

FAQs

What will I have when I’m finished?

You will have an heirloom-quality hard cover book, with a custom designed cover, glossy paper interior, accurately-reproduced and restored color and black and white photos, a family genealogy by a professional geneologist, including historical documents and memorabilia, and a family tree pull out.

What is in a personal history?

The story of your life and your family’s life, including family photos, a genealogy, and historical background of the times you grew up in. Novelistic techniques such as dialogue, narrative and vivid description are employed to make your story accessible and interesting.

Who are personal histories for?

Your family--- children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and future generations. They are like a time capsule, preserving the past.

 

Why tell your life story?

To share your wisdom for the future.

Not only famous people have stories worth telling. As we age we naturally want to share our wisdom. But what is that wisdom? How many of us have actually thought about what we want to pass down to the next generation? Your personal history is like a time capsule buried in the yard, an opportunity to share what you’ve learned with posterity.

To appreciate the present.

Most of us are too busy to ruminate about our lives, to analyze and evaluate what our lives were all about. But as we get older we have a need to look back—to see who we were, to acknowledge who we’ve become and what has shaped our lives. The process of writing your personal history enables you to sit back and actually take stock of your life, giving meaning to events that you may have regretted or forgotten. Life review is an important way to deal with the inevitable losses of aging.

To remember the past.

You may fondly remember your grandparents’ stories but those stories will be lost to future generations. Your personal history puts all your experiences together into a coherent life story, including the wisdom you gained during a long life.

 

Why Hire Me?

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Tell Your True Life Story to founder and renowned author, Erica Manfred

As a journalist for 35 years for websites, magazines and newspapers I’ve interviewed hundreds of people. My articles and essays have appeared in the Village Voice, the New York Times, New Age Journal, Cosmopolitan, Salon, the Atlantic, Ladies Home Journal and many others. As a contributing writer at Bottom Line/Personal, and Seniorplanet.org. I’ve interviewed both celebrities and ordinary people.

I’ve written a number of books, including He’s History You’re Not; Surviving Divorce after Forty It has become a classic in the field of divorce.

I started my career in ghostwriting by co-authoring a memoir about a haunted house, The Demon of Brownsville Road.

I recently wrote Macro Man the life story of a local retired dentist whose family wanted the story of his life in book form to distribute at his 100th birthday party.
My own memoir: I’m Old So Why Aren’t I Wise has just been published.

I hope you’ll give me the opportunity to tell your story

 

Read what others have to say...

Erica has the ability to cut through to the “heart” of a story, stripping away irrelevant details that can bog-down a narrative and bore a reader. She has a flair with words that can likewise enhance and polish literary works making them much more appealing and attractive. The book proposal she compiled for me captured the attention of a major agent which eventually led to a publishing contract. — Bob Cranmer, author The Demon of Brownsville Road, published by Random House in 2014.

“This book (Macro Man) never would have happened without Erica” —Mark Fishman

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Samples

 

Book Jacket for The Demon of Brownsville Road with image of house

Demon of Brownsville Road  (Berkley, 2014)

by Bob Cranmer (Author), Erica Manfred (Author)

The most most terrifying, well-documented, and absolutely true story of paranormal activity and demonic infestation ever written.

Former Army intelligence officer and prominent politician, Bob Cranmer,  tells the story of his family—including himself, his wife Lesa, their four children, and even the family dog, Sandy—who find themselves doing battle against demons after moving into their Victorian dream home nestled in the quiet community of Brentwood, Pennsylvania, in 1988.

With the help of Catholic priests the Cranmers eventually weaken and then banish the demon. In the process, they uncover horrible crimes that loosed the demonic energy that lay in wait for a vulnerable family.

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How it Works

  • We will meet or talk on the phone and discuss your goals for your life story project. The initial consultation is free.
  • Together we will design a timeline for your project and outline the project step-by-step. All projects are client-driven and are tailored for each individual.
  • You will talk, share, and reminisce during your interviews which will be in-person if possible.   They will be audio recorded and given to you at the end of the project.
  • You will provide photos, mementos and more to be scanned into your final book. These will all be returned to you.
  • You will provide whatever information you have about your ancestors so our genealogist, Nancy Kingston, can start researching.
  • After the interviews are complete transcribing, organizing, writing and editing take place. Each stage will be submitted for your approval so you’re sure the book is going in the direction you want.
  • Trimark Press of Deerfield Beach will put together the completed book, including editing, proofreading, photo restoration and layout.   You can order a hard or soft covered book, and e-book.
  • What does it cost? Since each person’s story is unique and each project is individually tailored, prices vary. We can work with an hourly rate or flat rate for the entire project.  When we discuss your project, I will give you an estimate of the project’s projected cost.

 

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