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Are you looking for an heirloom quality Autobiography/Biography writing system that is easy to use and will allow you to start writing TODAY?

You DON’T have to be a great author or rich and famous to write your Autobiography.  Your Life Story – Everyone’s life story should be recorded and preserved, but until now, there wasn’t a system flexible enough or thorough enough, let alone affordable enough to allow the rest of us to write our stories easily.

Grandparent MemoriesA number of years ago at the age of 33, I found myself in a situation where I was moving half way around the world from Scotland to a new life in America. Before moving, I started visiting more often with my 82 year old grandmother, as I wanted as much quality time with her as possible before I moved.

During my visits with her we would talk and she would share stories of her days growing up in a small Scottish Village, and of her life growing up in Scotland. She told me about the time she had worked as a nurse’s maid in a hospital caring for soldiers returning from battles in WWII – I’d never heard this story before, and knew there were many more stories left to tell.

Her stories were not always happy ones – she had struggles in life and had lived and worked through some difficult times before I knew her.  I was discovering a whole new side to my grandmother I never knew existed.  I loved listening to her stories and wished I could capture them in some way so that I could pass them on to my own children. 

I suddenly realized the fragility of the time we had left together and that if I didn’t work to record her amazing stories in some waythey would probably be lost forever.  I wanted to treasure them.  I wanted to take them away with me when I left Scotland so that I had a little piece of her with me.  I knew that if I didn’t figure out a solution I would regret wasting the precious little time we had left.

I had no idea where to start, but for lots of reasons, I knew that I couldn’t simply ask my grandmother to sit down in her spare time and write down her entire life story – I was going to have to figure out how to get her to tell me all about her life and ‘get it down’.

I looked in the first place I always look for information about products – the Internet.  I searched for a product that would help me write my grandmothers biography.

Over the course of a few months I ordered five books and three ‘systems’.  With each new book or product I thought ‘This will be the one that really helps’, but each time I was disappointed – they all seemed very similar, and similarly unhelpful.

MemoriesMy grandmother had a lot of years behind her and a lot of stories to tell.  She also had lots of memories she couldn’t quite reach.  I needed something that would help me figure out where to start, guide me through the process, and finish in a way that would allow me to share her life with others.  I wanted to be satisfied that we really covered the most important parts of her life, from childhood to now. The one feeling I got with each product I reviewed was that I didn’t think the people who developed them had actually started and finished an Autobiography project themselves…how could all of these products have made it onto the market without really being very good at doing the job they were intended for?

 

I thought ‘If the people who developed these products really had worked on an Autobiography project for themselves or for a loved one, they couldn’t possibly use the products they themselves invented!’

 

PROBLEM #1

Fill-in-the-blanks memory books: Where do I start?  These ‘memory books’ are rarely if ever purchased by someone actually intending to write their own life stories.  Why? Because they are completely inadequate for recording a life history – they’re OK if you’re looking for Date of Birth, favorite color, the name of your first pet, and so on, but these are facts which have little to do with a person’s life. They often ask questions like ‘What was your father/mother like?’ and then you’re lucky if they give you as much as half a page to write your answer.  How can anyone possibly hope to describe a relationship lasting a lifetime in even half a page?  It’s likely that half of these books can’t even be filled out because the questions don’t even apply!  Plus, I found that each product had limited questions and very limited ‘blank space’ for your own stories (usually 5-10 extra blank pages at the end of the book). They all seemed to regurgitate the same questions over and over, like they all copied them from each other. 

Plus, there is the danger that you won’t be able to make out someone else’s handwriting.  Not to mention my grandmother’s arthritis is bad enough that I wouldn’t consider asking her to sit down for hours on end trying to fill in a pre-printed and bound fill-in-the-blanks memory book.

PROBLEM #2

Web-based Life Story recording sites.  There are many websites that want you to register with them for an annual membership fee, and type your Life Story on a template on their servers.  You type and save your work and go back as many times as you want during the year until you’re finished.  There are a few problems with this approach.  One, you have to pay once per year – if it takes longer than a year to finish your project, or if you decide now that you’ll be working on this for years to come and continue to update year after year you’ll end up paying for the same product many times overOnce is enough.  Two, it’s not very flexible – unlike my product, you only have the option to type your stories onto your PC, and you have to be constantly connected to the internet, which means you can’t travel with your work, or sit in bed and handwrite if that’s you’re preference that day.  I also don’t personally like having to trustsuch an important project to someone else’s technology – I’d rather keep the file myself and eliminate the risk of the file getting lost or deleted by saving it and backing it up with my own hardware at home.  I can’t imagine a worse nightmare than losing your Life Story due to a crashed server.

PROBLEM #3

Video and Taped Interviews.  Actually, I like video and taped interviews, but they’re the most difficult projects to tackle and rarely get started and even more rarely get finished.  Generally these are the most expensive ways to record a Life Story, and they are the most prone to deterioration due to tapes getting exposed to dampness or temperature.  Also, they are very difficult and expensive to distribute to friends and family.  I don’t recommend this for most people, unless you have lots of money and are willing to bring in a professional historian to undertake your Autobiography project. If you do choose this method, you’ll see that my product is perfect for managing and guiding this type of project.

Faced with these frustrations I decided to take matters into my own hands and I developed The Personal History Book.  I set out to develop a product and a process which is entirely different than other products in design and approach, and would actually allow me, and anyone using it, the best possible chance at getting their Life Story recorded.

It’s a product that I personally used to FINISH my grandmother’s Life Story, and now 100’s and 100’s more are doing the same!  First, let’s start with what it DOESN’T do.

 

FACT
The Personal History Book does NOT limit your story telling to one page.  You can write as much or as little as you want on each topic or life stage.

FACT
The Personal History Book does NOT force you to include irrelevant questions or deny you the ability to remove pages and questions.  My product is fully customizable.

FACT
The Personal History Book does NOT force you to handwrite or type your life story.  You can do both – you choose how you want to approach your project.

FACT
No yearly registration fees.  I charge a one time fee.

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No need to log-in to the Internet.  In fact, you can take it with you wherever you go.

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No risk of your information getting into the wrong hands or being lost forever.  You maintain control of your information giving you peace of mind.

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No need to worry about your filming technique or the quality and storage of tapes from a taped interview.

 

So, what if you could find a system which removed all the problems listed above, allowed you to actually start and COMPLETE your Life Story project, and was easy and affordable?” 

 

The Personal History Book solution

The Personal History Book

First, what is it exactly? 

 

The Personal History Book is a product and a system.  It’s highlyflexible and customizable, yet amazingly thorough and complete.  It’s a 390 page downloadable E-Book which allows you to approach your Life Story project in multiple ways:

Type your Life Story directly into the form fill-able template.

Print and handwrite your Life Story on the pages

Use as a guide to help you with the process of recording your Autobiography or the Life Story of a loved one as an Oral History or Video Biography.

 

The Personal History Book was designed to work for any Life Story recording approach and is full of the features which are critical for any Life Story writing project:

Thorough:

Questions – there are actually 1,870 pre-defined questions in the Personal History Book.  I haven’t yet found a product which has more than 400!  There simply isn’t a more thorough compilation of relevant and thought provoking questions available anywhere.  And better yet, you can remove the questions that don’t apply and add new questions, unlimited stories, or anything else you want at any time.

Life Stages:

We’ve divided the product into 13 Life Stages covering Birth to Old Age, and added other specific stages such as Marriage and Military.  You can begin anywhere you want, and delete any stages which don’t apply.  You can also continue the project as your life unfolds – my product is flexible enough for you to continue writing for as long as you want, and it will always be up to date.

Flexible:

  • Personalize the fonts, colors, or anything else for that matter!
  • Photo’s and scanned documents – you can add as many photos as you want and also add digitized or scanned documents and certificates anywhere in the document.
  • Write it longhand, type it on your PC – you choose!
  • Oral and Video Projects – Ideal as a guide for Oral and Video history Interviews or other Family History Projects, such as writing the Biography of a loved one.
  • Share it! – Print or email your completed Autobiography as many times as you wish!
  • Complete control – your Life Story on your computer.

High Quality Design:

Heirloom quality – I paid special attention to the design of The Personal History Book.  It’s much nicer to see a finished product which is also well designed with the look of a family heirloom.

Lots of Extra’s:

Blank sheets, Fun Chronologies, Helpful and Comprehensive Users Guide, Memory Prompts, Family Tree, Timelines, and Vital Statistics sections help make writing your Autobiography much easier.

The best part of this system is that you can download and get started right now.

 

No need to wait, just download the files to your computer hard drive, save and start! You’ll start with something very easy – Vital Statistics.  This is where you put things like Name, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, and other basic info.  Just filling in this one simple section is usually more than most people leave to their loved ones – it’s a great way to get into the writing process and is a great way to get you started on the journey of remembering all the times of your life.  If you feel a little advice and guidance is required refer toThe Owners Guide which will guide you step by step through each section. Typing a small amount each day will see you making remarkable progress towards a finished Personal History and a cherished heirloom your family will treasure for many years to come.

 

Customer Feedback….

I am so pleased with The Personal History Book.It is so well put together and to be able to put your Life Story into something so organized and attractive gives a sense of accomplishment. I feel satisfied and secure in knowing that my children and generations after will have a part of me with them long after I am gone.   

                                                                                                                             Angelina Cook,  Nampa, ID

There are not the words to explain how wonderful and beautifully put together this book is. What a legacy, for generations to come will know about me and our family.                                                                                 

                                                                                                                           Monica Sherwood,  Boise, ID

This is an excellent product. It is very straightforward and easy to use. The Personal History Book has helped me put my life in perspective!

                                                                                                                         Mark Walton, Cedar Rapids, IA

 

Is The Personal History Book for everyone? 

I’d like to think so.  This isn’t a product that can be filled out and completed in a matter of days.  It’s a large file that is thorough in every way, so while you can start immediately and will be surprised at how easy the whole process is, it will take some time to complete. It does a great job covering every possible aspect of your life, and allows for an unlimited amount of space to get everything down, but you’ll have to put forth effort and persevere to get it done.  Your Life Story didn’t happen in a flash – neither will getting it all down.  The reality is, the process of thinking and writing about the questions and stories from the past is the best part, and for most people is an amazingly healing and fun journey.

Most Frequently Asked Questions….

How will I possibly recall all the stories of my life or help a loved one do the same?

The Personal History Book contains a wide variety of memory prompts at the beginning of each life stage. Once you start thinking about a few of these prompts you’ll see that the real problem is how to write fast enough to capture all the stories that will come flooding back to you.

Can I add my photos to this file?

Yes, you can add photo pages by inserting a new page and adding them there. There are also placeholder photos throughout the file and these can also be replaced by your own photos.  You can add scanned photos, documents or anything else you want – it’s your life story and we’ve designed it to be completely flexible.

Which Software program does the file use?

To view, save and print the files you will need Microsoft Word installed on your computer.  Don’t have Microsoft Word?  No problem, there are plenty of FREE word processors on the market that you can download instead of MS Word.
(www.OpenOffice.org is my personal favorite, and www.Zoho.com has a free word processor as well.)

 

The Personal History Book download costs $14.95.

 

Other web sites are asking anywhere from $20.00 to as much as $60.00 for their Autobiography products, and we’ve talked about what to expect with those.

I’ve been told that I could charge much more for my product by people who have used it and compared it to other products. Frankly, I don’t want to charge so much that anyone has to think twice about buying.  My main goal is to keep the product affordable enough so that everyone has an excellent chance of completing their life story, while being able to make a living doing what I love to do at the same time. The best compliments I get are the many referrals from customers who have personally experienced my product and referred their family and friends.

My favorite part of the day is when I get letters and messages from people who are using my product and are finally getting their life story written or recorded.  I know that they are doing something that is extremely gratifying for them and giving their families the kind of treasure that no money can buy.

 

Start Writing Your Life Story Today!

The Personal History Book

 

Order today and you’ll have instant access to the MS Word document which allows you to begin using The Personal History Book right away.

 

What if this just isn’t the right product for me? 

I guarantee you’ll like what you find, and can begin right away, but just in case it just doesn’t meet your needs, I offer you my unconditional 60-day guarantee – if after trying out The Personal History Book you don’t honestly feel that it will work for you, I’ll refund the entire purchase price.

My goal is for you to be able to write your Life Story, and if that means you have to keep searching for a product that is right for you then I can accept it.  This makes your purchase 100% risk free!

 

Order The Personal History Book

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Your Order is 100% Safe and Secure

You will have IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the PDF.

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I look forward to helping you write your Autobiography, Life Story, Memoir or the Life Story of another.

Regards,

Maureen Stewart 
Author, The Personal History Book


Order The Personal History Book

The Personal History Book

Your Order is 100% Safe and Secure

You will have IMMEDIATE ACCESS to the PDF.
***(the download link will be e-mailed to you)***

PS – Remember when I said the best compliment was when I get referrals from my customers and that my favorite part of the day is when I get letters and messages from people who are using my product and are finally getting their life story written or recorded?  I’d love to hear your thoughts about my product but more importantly I’d love to know how your project is progressing – please email me anytime at howtowrite@msn.com