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Many life writing projects need additional research to provide social context for the story. As one memoirist put it:
“Never take it for granted that anyone is familiar with what you are writing about. The people and the culture of your childhood are as foreign to some of the readers—children and grand children—as are the people and culture of Outer Mongolia. Context helps the reader understand what people did and why they did it. Setting—place, time, atmosphere—are essential if the reader is going to properly interpret the story. Details, details!”

As someone not intimately knowledgeable of the storyteller’s life, our interviewer/editor identifies areas where additional context would be helpful, conducts the necessary research, and incorporates it into the manuscript.

"Without Philip's help, I could never have written and published my memoirs. Not only is the finished product much better than I ever could have imagined, but the whole process was very rewarding. Philip and his team are professional in every sense of the word, and I benefited first hand from his intuitive editing skills - his ability to rearrange a passage with skill and subtlety without sacrificing anything of the narrative. And all done with a lightness and humour that makes working together pure fun.

"He also taught me the satisfaction of discipline and deadlines! Now that the book is completed, there will be a sad silence at 10.00 p.m., when we had most of our working conversations - I'm a night owl and that's my prime time! Thank you, dear Philip!"

- Joyce Bryant, CM, BEM, author of Slender Threads.


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