Rainbow Round My Knees
Waiting For Tom
Tom and Rosemary Stephenson
Yorkshire and the North East Stories of adventure and tragedy told in their own words
A fascinating read for adults and children alike
Paperback 144 pages
£8.99 plus £2 p&p
Lots of people have great life stories to tell and would love to write their memoirs or family history and create a book for relatives and friends to read. But it’s a daunting task. By using my memoir writing service, you could have the book you always meant to write in your hands within four months.
Perhaps you don’t want a whole book. I can produce an attractively laid out and bound memoir for you on high quality paper, including a title page and some photos. This could take just a matter of weeks. You will also receive an electronic version of your memoir which can be viewed on a computer screen or iPad.
I’m a highly experienced writer and can compile your memoir for you, illustrated with your photographs. The memoir - or whatever kind of story you want written - will be done just how you want it and the book will carry your name as author.
I begin by working with you to draw up a plan of what you would like to be in the book. Then I carry out a series of extended interviews during which you tell me your story. I use my professional interviewing skills to help you to tell your story in the best way and keep you on track to make sure we end up with a well structured book.
I ask lots of extra questions so the story is clear and interesting for readers. One of the problems faced by people who write their own memoirs is that everything is clear to them but not necessarily to others. However, you decide what goes in and what doesn’t. Clients thoroughly enjoy this process, taking a journey through their own story with the help of someone who knows how to turn it into a good read.
I am based in North Yorkshire and will always travel to see clients if possible because that's best but those who live too far away have found that the telephone works very well (on my bill of course). Webcam interviews through Skype or similar are another solution. This also means clients receive a discount since I am not having to drive.
Once the interviews are completed, I use the recordings I have made as the basis on which to write your manuscript. The manuscript is written to a high professional standard but remains essentially your story with a strong, readable structure and polish. I check facts, spellings and dates.
Once you have corrected the manuscript and added in extra things you’ve just remembered (everyone does!) I use the top professional design software system, Adobe InDesign, to lay out your book beautifully. I can repair and enlarge your photos on screen. I will, if necessary, take a new, high quality photograph to create the cover. You will receive a second proof showing exactly how the book and cover will look. Once you’re happy with this, the book is printed as a set of high quality hardbacks or paperbacks. The memoir can be your own story or perhaps you want to record the lives of parents or grandparents who aren’t around any more, to get their story down into a book before it’s all forgotten. The book can be a complete life story or concentrate on one specific time. These books can also make a great gift to mark a golden wedding anniversary or other celebration. Gift vouchers available.
Or maybe you have a family business with a fascinating history which you want recorded for posterity. Whatever story you want to tell, I can create a book for you.