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So . . . . . . . how much does it cost?

It depends.

It's similar to the cost of a vacation. Do you want to go camping, take a road trip and stay in motels, or splurge on a long luxury cruise? To determine the cost of a holiday, you must identify and factor in a lot of variables.

It's the same with a life story project. There is no quick answer, as each project is unique and must be custom designed, taking into account many factors. Prices range from several hundred dollars for a simple ethical will to ten, twenty, or thirty thousands dollars for a detailed autobiography or family or company history.

Whatever the cost, the results are priceless and timeless. We've never had a client who regretted the cost and effort of writing and preserving the story of her life.

Keep in mind that you control the cost. Let us know what your budget is, and we will do our best to custom-design a project that achieves your goals.

All fees are agreed upon in advance. For larger projects such as a life story where the client simply want to talk and leave everything else to us, we usually charge an all-inclusive fee. This way there are no surprises for you, or for us. All revisions are included. The terms of a project and the fees are detailed in a Letter of Agreement (contract). Once it is signed, the price will not change unless you change some aspect of the project.

No surprises.

Some factors to consider when estimating the cost of a project:

  • Scope of the project   Do you want a story of your entire life, or only of a certain period? How long will the book be? fifty thousand words? Seventy-five thousand?
  • Interviews   How many hours are needed? It generally takes between eight and fifteen hours to tell your life story. Is more than one person being interviewed?
  • Research   How much is needed to provide context for the story?
  • Travel Time   How far will the interviewer need to travel to meet you?
  • Transcription   How difficult will it be to transcribe the tapes? Is English the first language of the storyteller? It usually takes between three and four hours to transcribe one hour of an interview.
  • Editing, writing, and revision   Will other written documents be incorporated into the manuscript? Will additional writing be required? How many people will review the manuscript and make changes?
  • Photos and memorabilia   How many items will be included? Do they need retouching? Will photos be printed in colour or black and white?
  • Book design   How complex will the book and cover designs be? What will the dimensions of the book be? How many pages? What kind of text paper, binding, and cover?
  • How many copies do you need?  A few copies; several dozen; or a few hundred?
A 25 -- 50% deposit and a signed Letter of Agreement is required to start the interview process.
Individual Services
Some storytellers only require certain services and wish to pay on an hourly basis. All prices are in Canadian dollars. 
Audio Transcribing from $40.00/hour
Copyediting and proofreading from $45.00/hour
Coaching/Consulting. Sold in blocks of four hours, payable in advance. Billing in five minute increments from $45.00/hour
Book Design from $6.00 per page

We also offer copy typing, manuscript analysis, indexing, and cover design. Rates are available upon request.

If you think that we can help you tell your story, give me a call toll free at 800.864.9152 or  email me. I’d enjoy chatting about your project in a free, no obligation consultation. That’s right, it won’t cost you a cent. I look forward to hearing from you.

Philip Sherwood


"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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Read More... provides a broad range of services in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. These include freelance editor, freelance writer, ghost writer, publication design, book design, personal historian, transcription services, memoirs, family history, corporate history, life stories, biographies, autobiographies. Lifewriters is a member of the Association of Personal Historians and the Editors' Association of Canada.