Should we call ourselves personal historians if we want clients to find us? I have a problem with our industry. Namely, its name. Let’s face it, the term “personal history” isn’t the greatest. A little stodgy. Worse, it doesn’t send a clear message to prospective clients—or the world at large—of what we do. I’ve struggled […]
As a personal historian, we don’t often share about ourselves. Should we? Today’s topic is sharing. But not about the clients sharing their story, but about how and when we share our own story. In episode 8, I warn personal historians away from sharing about themselves (and then tell you about how I broke that […]
Tips for Finding Clients for Life Story Writers and Personal Historians, and More Derek Lewis ghostwrites business books on a large scale. His client-authors range from IT-startup millionaires to a Turkish oil tycoons and he’s written for people on all continents but Africa and Antarctica. While his business books are created with a different intent […]
Tips on How to Price Your Personal History Project I was recently asked by a few listeners what boils down to the same question: how do you price your projects? It’s no surprise that this is on people’s minds. It’s a common question, one that gets batted around a lot. I remember a conference […]
How Blake Snyder’s beat sheets can help us structure our personal histories
C. David Milles is a teacher by day and author by night. After stumbling onto Blake Snyder’s Save the Cat! books, Milles began to incorporate the screenwriter’s lessons in his novels and the way he taught middle school English. His keen understanding of story structure landed him a gig as a contributor for the popular Save the Cat! website, where Cory breaks down components of current and past movies to show their inner workings—a great exercise for storytellers in all media. In this episode, he shares how the Save the Cat! system can help us find the story structure in our personal history books.
I found some examples of life story books. Now what? In part 1 of this post, I talked about how important it was for me to find life story books that other people have written. Before this, I wasn’t sure what a personal history should look like. That’s troublesome when you sit down to write […]