Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Mini Memoir?

A Mini Memoir (4,000 – 6,000 words) is a collection of memories about a theme or idea or something that happened in your life, e.g. birth of a child, a particular trip, a special relationship, your favourite music or your career. 

What is a Memoir?

A Memoir (9,000 – 14,000 words) is a collection of memories about a theme or idea or something that happened in your life, e.g. birth of a child, a particular trip, a special relationship, your favourite music or your career. 

How much does a Memoir cost?

The cost of a memoir varies with its length and whether you would like to receive it as a Word document or as a published book with photographs laid out beautifully and printed with a gorgeous cover.

As a guide, a 4,000-word memoir as a Word document is $1,600. If you prefer to receive your memoir as a published book with photographs and a gorgeous cover, the direct costs of the graphic designer, printer and book binder are added—graphic design and binding costs depend on how many photographs are included in your book and how many copies you order, but a rough guide is $250-$350 for two copies.

What is a Life Story?

Also known as an autobiography, a life story is an account of your whole life from birth to the present. It explores your childhood experiences, personal development, relationships and career.

How much does a Life Story cost?

The cost of a Life Story varies with its length and whether you would like to receive it as a Word document or as a printed book with photographs laid out beautifully and bound in a gorgeous cover.

As a guide, a 15,000-word Life Story as a Word document is $6,000. If you prefer to receive it as a printed book with photographs, the direct costs of the graphic designer, printer and book binder are added— graphic design and binding costs depend on how many photographs are included in your book and how many copies you order, but a rough guide is $700-$900 for six copies.

Do I have to choose one of the packages on the website?

No. We offer fully customisable options so please speak with us about your wishes, circumstances and budget and we will tailor a package for you.

Do I have to have my book printed and bound?

No. To reduce production costs and the price of your book, we can deliver your manuscript as a Word document and you can add the photos, print and bind it yourself.

How do I pay for my book?

You can pay via a bank deposit or cheque.

Do I have to pay the full amount in one go?

No. We have various payment options to suit your budget. Usually we ask for a 50% deposit before we start then you can pay in regular instalments until the full amount is paid. Please speak with us about the payment option that best suits your budget and circumstances.

What other writing services does Share your life story offer?

Share your life story provides several services in addition to writing memoirs, life stories and biographies. We offer ghostwriting, copywriting, proofreading, editing and mentoring services.

What is Ghostwriting?

A ghostwriter writes literary or journalistic works, speeches, or other texts that are officially credited to another person as the author. Share your life story ghostwrites anything you need written. For example, books, papers, feature articles, blogs and opinion pieces. You name it, we write it for you.

What copywriting services do you offer? 

We provide copywriting services for brands, businesses, marketing agencies and publications including: blogs, social posts, web content, speeches, feature articles, profiles, annual reports, white papers and media releases. You name it, we write it for you. And if you have a business, we write words that help you sell.

Do you proofread and edit manuscripts?

Yes, we proofread and edit your manuscript to ensure it’s polished.

What is mentoring?

Writing can be a lonely task and writers often struggle to keep going. You may get to a certain point then hit a brick wall, hiding your story in the bottom drawer until inspiration returns. We mentor you to help you get started on your writing project—and to keep the project alive until it is finished. We help you to keep going when you get stuck. 

Together we’ll discuss various story strategies, techniques and approaches for your project. We talk about what to include and what to leave out. We are available whenever you need us via email, telephone or Skype and we’re more than happy to edit your writing for you along the way.