Editor Peter Chapman will personally run you through the process to make the production of your book as simple as possible. Basically this involves an initial chat where he will explain the need for you to locate such things as a birth certificate, old photos and even awards you may have won.
He will supply a template for you to work you way through the process.
He will then set up a time to interview you. Depending on your location this will always be a face to face meeting.
He will then begin the process of proofing and designing the pages for your signoff until the book is ready for publishing.
My Life Books offer a binding confidentiality agreement to never share any of your information, documents or photos.
This will depend on the timeliness of your responses. We will supply drafts of the editorial and copies of the layout design within two weeks of our in depth interview and receipt of the photos and documents you'd like to use.
In all its planned that each book will take no more than six weeks to complete. Note all documents and photos will be returned in a prompt and safe manner.
Yes the book will not be published until you have signed off on it. You will also be provided with an edited video copy of the interview which you can copy and hand on to as many people as you like.
Yes, the initial template, which can be adjusted, is a 40 page book, 22cm deep x 28cm long landscape style, high gloss pages and textured hard cover.
NOTE: Extra books can be purchased. The cost is determined by numbers and current print costs, but is capped at no more than $100 each.
The total cost for the complete production of the book and five copies is $1500.
The payments are broken up this way:
$500 initial agreement
$500 final word draft and design signoff
$500 on publication and delivery of books
NOTE: If photos need to be taken there will be no charge applied.
DO YOU GIVE A DISCOUNT IF BOTH PARENTS WANT AN INDIVIDUAL BOOK?
Yes, $200. Discount total cost is therefore $1400 each.
WHAT IF THEY JUST WANT TO DO ONE BOOK WITH BOTH THEIR STORIES IN IT?
The total cost of a joint parent's book is $2500 and incudes extra pages and 10 hard back copies .
DO YOU GIVE A COMMISSION FOR REFERRALS?
Yes, $200 for each person who signs for a MY LIFE BOOK.
Peter Chapman started his career in journalism as a 17 year old reporter with News Limited in Sydney.
He was assigned to the Cumberland Newspaper Group in Parramatta, which at that time published around 24 suburban publications.
Those early years working on local weekly papers proved to be an ideal grounding for Peter to carve a distinguished career in journalism, a journey which now spans more than 35 years.
"We covered everything from people's life story celebrations, to court cases, council meetings and neighbourhood disputes," Peter recalls.
Peter's career led him into regional television, before working for the national Channel TEN network in Canberra for a decade.
Later he worked for 10 years with the APN Newspaper Group which owned more than 50 suburban and regional daily newspaper titles.
During this period he was named the APN Newspaper editor of the year and won the highest international accolade available to an Australian regional editor when he led the Grafton based Daily Examiner to win the Pacific, Asia and New Zealand Newspaper of the Year title in 2010.
Peter's passion for the community has been his inspiration throughout his life.
"I always enjoyed hearing and writing about people's life stories. Now I am writing the stories for the individuals and not the newspapers that I was representing.
"It's a project I am passionate about because I know it will deliver a great sense of satisfaction to the families as well as to them.
"Every life is interesting with its twists and turns and those memories should be captured for prosperity."
"Having a book to hand on is the perfect way to do this."
"Writing the first My Life Book for my mother inspired me to offer this opportunity to others...…"
Peter Chapman, Founder of My Life Books