"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

  • 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 chapters with the Narrator, revisions, and insertion of additional material
  • Creation of chapter breaks and titles, title page and contents
  • Formatting of text
  • Scanning, editing and insertion of photos and documents
  • Design of book cover
  • Proofreading
  • Project management of book printing and/or publication
  • Delivery of the books in a presentation box
  • Twenty copies of the standard book
Per 1000 words

I price most books as £90 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.

Other factors that affect the final price are: size of book, colour or black and white printing, unique cover design, and hardback or paperback.

Write your memoir with life story writing from Elephant Memoirs

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.

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Where shall I send your information pack?


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

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