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How it Works


A professional writer from Book of My Life will write your life story for you based on a series of interviews. We will then typeset your biography and arrange for a small number of books to be professionally printed. 

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How it Works


A professional writer from Book of My Life will write your life story for you based on a series of interviews. We will then typeset your biography and arrange for a small number of books to be professionally printed. 

Creating a biography with us is easy

If you decide to commission Book of My Life to write your memoir or biography, one of our writers will meet you in a place that is convenient to you and chat to you about your life, recording the conversations. 

We will then transform your memories into a well crafted narrative. Your story will be ghostwritten (written in the first person) by an experienced writer and will read as though you have put pen to paper.

Once your book has been written and edited, we will ask you to read the first draft and make any amendments or additions before we proceed to the next stage.

When you are satisfied with the content of your book, we will help you to select a number of photographs to be included in the bound copies.

We will then typeset your book and, if required, design a dust jacket with your input. You will then have the opportunity to read your biography or memoir again to make sure that you are completely happy with the look and content of your book before we arrange for it to be printed and bound.

As many copies as you require will then be delivered to your door. And we’re sure you’ll join the ranks of our many satisfied customers!


I’ve started…but I can’t finish

If you have already written your book, we are happy to edit and, if required, typeset your work. We can also proofread your book and organise the printing and binding of a small number of copies.

To find out how we can help you with your autobiography or other writing project, please get in touch.

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The quality is amazing! Thank you so much for all your help and kindness.
— Mrs C Smith, Hampshire
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Samples


Read some samples chapters from biographies and memoirs that Book of My Life has produced. 

Samples


Read some samples chapters from biographies and memoirs that Book of My Life has produced. 

Scroll through to see some of our book covers and read sample chapters

The finished product is stunning. Mum was so thrilled to finally have it in her hand that she had a little weep (most unlike her!). She has been proudly giving copies to her friends and has been reading and re-reading it herself.
— Ms Jane Hemstritch, London
The book is so well produced I look at it still with wonder. Is that really me?
— Mr Charles Mayo, Cornwall
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Prices


Whatever type of life story you would like to write, Book of My Life can help. We have a biography product to suit everyone, from a short memoir to a comprehensive account of your life so far in all its glorious detail.

Prices


Whatever type of life story you would like to write, Book of My Life can help. We have a biography product to suit everyone, from a short memoir to a comprehensive account of your life so far in all its glorious detail.

What price for your memories?

Below are three popular options. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please talk to us about our bespoke service.

Memoir

This concise book may be a snapshot of a particular period or might cover a specific subject. Not suitable for an entire life story.

  • Up to two and a half hours of interviews
  • Maximum length: 5,000 words (roughly 30 pages)
  • Up to 20 photographs
  • Five hardback books

£999 if paying in instalments

£899 if payment is made in full before the start of the project

Standard Length Biography

Our most popular choice, the Standard Length Biography offers room to tell the story of your life so far.

  • Up to ten hours of interviews
  • Maximum length: 30,000 words (roughly 150 pages)
  • Up to 50 photographs
  • Five cloth bound and sewn hardback books

£4,700 if paying in instalments

£4,600 if payment is made in full before the start of the project.

Full Length Biography

A longer biography, the Full Length Biography is a good choice if you wish to record your life story in more depth.

  • Up to 20 hours of interviews
  • Maximum length: 50,000 words (roughly 250 pages)
  • Up to 50 photographs
  • Ten cloth bound and sewn hardback books

£8,450, if paying in instalments

£8,250 if payment is made in full before the start of the project. 

Please note that payments are typically made in instalments as each stage of the project is completed, so you will be able to spread the cost over several months. Please contact us if you wish to know more.

Extras

We offer several ways to make your book even more special. Additional interviews and a higher word count can be arranged—prices on request. The following may also be ordered. Please contact us to discuss these or any other ideas you have:

Bespoke dust jacket from £400
Additional copies from £20 per book
Extra photographs £25 each
Digitally drawn family tree from £100
Hand drawn family tree from £750

What is included?

We are proud of the quality of our work. Great care is taken when interviewing, writing, editing and proofreading and when choosing the materials used in our books.

Interviews are normally spread over several weeks, with a minimum of two hours at a time. Your writer will travel to your home or a place convenient to you. We don’t expect you to fill out any tiresome questionnaires or do any other writing. All that we ask is that you are prepared to tell your story to your writer. We’ll take care of everything else.

All dates, spellings and facts are checked where possible and we make no extra charge for this. Consistency is important to us. For instance, we will write numbers and dates in the same way throughout the book (2 June 1953, for example, not 2nd January 1953 or the second of January 1953). These details matter because they will give your book a professional finish. 

Our books are thoughtfully typeset and designed, ensuring the pages look tidy and are easy to read, and we will position your photographs where required. If necessary we will digitally enhance your photographs at no extra cost.

During the finishing process, the pages are sewn* rather than glued, which makes the books more durable. Each volume has a cloth cover* with foil blocking* and we add head and tail bands*—those little pieces of ribbon at the top and bottom of the spine—which finish the books off beautifully. 

*Excluding the Memoir

Bespoke Books

If your book project doesn’t match any of our standard products, please let us know. We’ll draw on a decade of experience to create exactly what you have in mind. Whether you require a special finish, illustrations, interviews with multiple people, transcription of documents or audio or something else, please contact us for more information. We’ll be happy to discuss your requirements, offer advice and provide a quotation.


 
I have been very impressed with the quality of the writing and the way the story is put together…it reads very well indeed.
— Mrs G Wilkinson, Leeds
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Gifts


Gifts


A unique present…

A ghostwritten biography makes an unusual and exciting present. Maybe you’re looking for a special way to thank a colleague on his or her retirement. Or perhaps you are searching for a present for a milestone birthday. Whatever the occasion, a ghostwritten life story is the gift that keeps on giving—the subject will enjoy the process of telling his or her story to one of our writers; the family will learn more about their loved one; and future generations will understand the family’s history through this priceless keepsake.

If you’d like to give someone a biography written and produced by Book of My Life, please let us know. We’ll supply a gift package including a gift card to present to your loved one on his or her special day, some memory jogging questions and a letter explaining how the process will work. 

Please contact us to find out more.