"How much does life story writing cost?"

It’s hard to give a flat price because every book and project is as individual as its author. During our first free session, we discuss your budget and how I can give you the most for your money.

I put a huge amount of time, effort, and money into making your life story perfect. So, prices start around the cost of a holiday abroad.

Guideline price

The flat rate covers these services for the Standard book

  • Background research into the historical and geographical background
  • Preparation of a timeline of important dates in the narrator’s life
  • Preparation of questions for the individual narrator
  • Recorded interviews in person, online or by phone
  • Transcription of interviews
  • Writing and editing of text into cohesive, logical segments of Narrator’s life story
  • Checking facts, and spellings of proper nouns
  • If requested, Personal Historian will also write explanations of historical and geographical background, to make things clearer for younger generations
  • Review of first draft with the Narrator, plus two more revisions
  • Creation of chapter breaks and titles, title page and contents
  • Formatting of text
  • Scanning, editing and insertion of photos and documents at the ends of chapters
  • Colour or black and white printing
  • Two photos per 1,000 words
  • Standard design for hardback book cover
  • Proofreading
  • Project management of book printing and/or publication
  • Delivery of the books in a presentation box
  • Book size Royal, approximately 9" x 6"
  • Ten copies of the standard book
Per 1000 words

I price most books as £140 per 1,000 words. This includes everything from research, to writing, and finally printing.

1,000 words is approximately 3 pages of text from a standard book.

Most books will be between 15,000 and 55,000 words.

Write your memoir with life story writing from Elephant Memoirs

Other services

  • New 25cm x 25cm ‘coffee table book’ for pages with illustrations arranged throughout the text
  • Manuscript services for books you’ve already written, or partly written. Structural edit, copy edit, formatting and printing. Priced at £85 per 1,000 words
  • Interview recordings, edited. All questions, hesitations and deviations taken out, so it’s like a monologue. Priced at £2.50 per audio minute
  • Children’s picture books. You provide the illustrations and text, and I edit, design and format the book. Priced at a rate of £45 per hour

Ready to start your memoir with a free introductory interview?

Sharing your story with a stranger, and the world, is a big decision to make. That’s why I offer the first interview for free, so that we can get to know each other before you commit.

Request an information pack

Where shall I send your information pack?


  • Memoir writing process
  • About me (Joss)
  • About the books
  • FAQs
  • A testimonial

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