Start your memoir with a free introductory interview

  • Make an informed decision whether to hire me as your ghostwriter
  • Visualise how the finished book will look
  • Receive a personalised timeline of your life
Write your memoir for your loved ones with Elephant Memoirs life story writing

If you’ve decided to write your memoir, it can feel like an impossible task to put pen to paper and make sense of everything that’s happened in your life. Your life probably feels too complicated to even begin putting into words.

People get stuck in writer’s block, unsure of where to start.  They don’t want to be judged like their teachers did in school.

I can unravel even the most complex life and put everything in the right order.  It’ll flow and make sense. 

Sharing your stories with a stranger, and the world or your family, is a big decision. Which is why I offer a free introductory session. We can get to know each other and make a plan for your memoir before committing to anything. 

One of the first stages of writing your life story is to create a timeline of your life. I’ll do this during the introductory session, as well as making a personalised plan of your memoir and discussing your budget.

At this point, you can decide whether you want to go ahead with your book or not.

What happens next?

Elephant Memoirs phoning customer about booking free first interview

1. I'll contact you

We’ll arrange a date for your first introductory session

First Free Introductory Session 1

2. We'll map out your life

 Together we’ll map out your life and plan your memoir

Man reading a personal memoir written by Elephant Memoir's Joss Carpreau

3. I’ll deliver a personalised timeline of your life

After getting to know me and planning your memoir, you can now make an empowered decision to start your memoir or not

Frequently Asked Questions

Price can vary massively. It depends on the length, content, and detail we go into. 

During your first introductory session, we can discuss what your budget is and come up with a plan. I’ll ensure that your book does not exceed this budget.

The starting price for a memoir is around the cost of a holiday.

Yes. Lots of people want to continue to hear their loved ones voices after they’re gone. 

Having an audio recording of their whole life story, told in their voice, is a great way to keep the memories alive. This can be provided on a USB stick or CD for a small fee.

Yes! Your book, its contents and materials are entirely your property. You can do whatever you want with it. I can organise additional printing for you if this is the way you wish to go. I can also assist with self-publishing on Amazon.

We all have a story in us. You started your life in a different
era and people did things differently then. Your childhood might have seemed ordinary and boring then, but it’s
fascinating to young people today.

A lot of people feel this way before starting to write their life story. For this reason, the very first thing we do is map out your timeline. I do this during the free first introductory session. Even though your story may feel incredibly complex in your head, I’m highly skilled at making sense of it.

It’s unusual to have someone take a real interest in your life and ask lots of extra questions to make sure they’ve got it right. It’s a real treat to have the ear of a careful listener.

It’s entirely up to you what you share and include in your story. If you decide to remove anything from your story at any point, I’ll keep it in the strictest confidence. I’ll also never judge you for wanting to share any part of your story.

This is a concern for many people. It’s entirely up to you what details you share in your story, but there is a real risk that some people may be offended. On the other hand, it’s important to share our lowest moments and hardships to help us heal and learn.

Throughout the process, if you’re ever unsure whether to include something, I can advise you how it sounds to an outsider.

It greatly varies depending on many factors, the most influential being the length of your story and your budget. I take on very few clients at the same time so that I can focus as much attention as possible onto each story. A medium sized story may take around 12 weeks.

The past holds painful memories for most people, and many of my past clients have felt the same way. However, they’ve found that sharing their stories and committing the past to paper has eased the burden of the past, and has dulled the pain of past memories.

As we get older, our memory can become a bit of a concern. I’ve found that with a bit of encouragement, past memories can be easier to recall than recent ones.

You can either pay with cash, bank transfer, cheque, or I can take card payments in person using a card reader.

Half is paid at the start of your project, and the other half at the end prior to delivering your book.

I can assist with publishing on Amazon.

The printing house will store the copy of your book for one year, during which you can order further copies for a very reasonable price. After one year, the printers delete the copy of your book, and the printers have to be set up again. If you’d like another copy after a year, they can be ordered at a slightly higher price. I will keep digital copies of your story for as long as possible, to aid reprinting.

Deciding who you want to write your life story is a big decision to make, and having the right ghostwriter can make or break your project. For this reason, I offer the first introductory interview totally free, while we create the timeline of your life. You can try me out, and if you feel like we’re a good match, you can then decide to continue, but you’re under no obligation to do so. You can learn more here.

Yes. I can continue from where you got to. I also offer editing, proof reading and printing services. Just contact me if you’re in need of more information.

Start your memoir with a free introductory sesson

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