What I do
I help people put their stories in writing, so these important stories aren’t lost to time or inattention.
You have a story to tell. It’s unique to you. Share it, forging connections with loved ones, friends, even strangers in some cases. Make your story available to family and friends, future generations, or others who could benefit from your unique experiences, perspective, and voice.
Consider capturing stories and creating connections from:
- Your own memories and experiences.
- Family gatherings such as reunions, vacations, weddings, or graduations.
- Loved ones at life transitions.
- Individuals or groups special to you, or with shared story to tell.
Story-sharers can be anyone–individuals, families, couples, loved ones/significant others.
Why hire me as a personal historian to help you with your story?
I focus on relationships and connections that matter and emerge from story. With my clients, I tune into connection elements of story, such as:
Because I am a “people-person,” I work very hard to make my clients feel comfortable with, snd even enjoy, the process of telling their stories — building trust, listening purposefully, and striving to be true to my clients’ wishes for the delivery of their story to the world.
My 15+ years of Project Management experience gives me the skills to complete the multi-stage process of helping you write your story.
Content and format is as varied as the people I serve. A few examples include:
Ethical Wills/Legacy Letters – Like a document that passes on your possessions, this is a document that expresses your values, beliefs, life lessons learned, and other important messages about your life to be passed on to others.
Stories crafted to become a book – These can be any length or style, from a short, single story, to a multi-chaptered memoir. You may want to capture memorable moments from a life (your own or someone else’s) to give as a gift.
Poems/Other Written Formats- If you feel your story doesn’t fit into a traditional format, we can explore other creative ways of telling your story.
How It Works
I will do a brief, preliminary telephone interview with you at no charge to get to know you a little, understand your story needs and wants, and to allow us both to decide if working together might be a good “fit.”
If we decide to move forward, I’ll create a contract that describes what is expected of both me (Peggy Rosen Writing LLC) and you, cost and terms of payment, and other details of the project.
After a contract is signed, we will set up time for you to tell me your story (or stories.) Interviews may occur by telephone, video-conference (such as Skype), or face-to-face if our mutual locations allow an in-person meeting.
I’ll then transcribe your words and create a draft for your review.
During the project process, I may communicate with you several times to gather more information or ask clarifying questions about the material. Written drafts and revisions can be exchanged between us either by email, snail mail, or online via Google Docs. All of this will be spelled out in our contract, so that there are no surprises for you. We can amend the contract, if needed, to accommodate any changes in the work, if we both agree to changes.
You will have an opportunity to review and approve the work before we consider the written portion “done.”
The final version will be provided to you as an electronic file. Production and production costs of the story into anything other than the digital file that I provide are the responsibility of the client.
I can provide production services (such as copying your legacy letter or creating a book) under separate contract. A separate contract will outline the production decisions made by you and the costs that you will pay for production. I separate production process from my project process to give you time and flexibility for your finished product decisions.. For example, you may not know at the beginning what final product format is best for your story, or you may change your mind along the way, or you may prefer to have your story written but not produced beyond an electronic file until later.
What It Costs
I don’t charge for the initial telephone interview, which is generally approximately 20 – 30 minutes in length.
Personal story development is unique to each person. As each project varies in length, complexity, and resource requirements, I charge a Project Fee for this service. The Project Fee is stated in the contract and pays for my time and expertise to interview, conceptualize, write, and revise, as well as other possible expenses (such as travel) that are required to complete your project. This Project Fee will reflect the total cost to you, unless changes to the contract require adjustments to the Fee, agreed upon by both of us and put in writing.
The Project Fee does not include the cost for any production. Production is the responsibility of the client, unless you hire me for production services. If you decide to hire me for production services, a separate contract with a Production Fee will outline the production costs for your project, I do this separately because decisions about production can often change as your story develops.
Although your Project Fee is calculated based on your specific project requirements, the following examples of Project Fees may serve as a guide to cost.
A Legacy Letter or Ethical Will starts at $350.oo.
A single story, up to approximately 3,000 words, starts at $625.oo.
A book of several short stories starts at $1,225.00.
A book of multiple chapters starts at $2,550.00.
Click here to contact me. I would love to connect with you about your story needs.