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DRF - "Roger, Over and Out!"

Tribute Book. 187 pages, 60 photos. 6 x 9. Perfect binding, softbound. 200 copies. 2005. Design by Bill Glasgow.

Project Highlights

We took this project from concept to completion.
The client contacted us several months after her husband died in a workplace accident. She asked if we would create a celebratory written account of her husband’s life that she could distribute to friends and extended family. 

We researched the family background and its roots in a conservative Mennonite community in Paraguay, and then interviewed friends and family members as well as the client (who spoke broken English).

 We then transcribed the interviews, compiled written testimonies from a dozen other individuals, and edited the manuscript into a smoothly reading narrative. About sixty photos and documents were scanned, retouched, and captioned. We designed the book and cover, placed the photos and documents in the body of the text, and coordinated the printing and binding of 200 copies with Blitzprint printers.

To read an excerpt from the book, click here.


"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.