YOUR LIFE, YOUR STORY

‘We have, each of us, a life story, whose continuity, whose sense, is our lives.’ Oliver Sacks

Your life story is unique. It captures the essence of who you are and what you have seen, and experienced over the years.

Too often, we’re too busy to sit down with family and friends to share stories and memories. And then, suddenly, it’s too late and there are regrets: ‘Why did we never ask about that?’.

Now, there’s a way of capturing your story so that it can be shared. Carol Godsmark is a journalist with 25 years of experience in talking to people and telling their stories.  The author of a number of books, she will help you to write your autobiography. She’ll talk to you face to face, current distancing guidelines taken into account, discussing what you’d like to include in your life story and looking at photographs that you might want to include.

As we work together, what matters to you will unfold: what has shaped you, what challenges you faced and your successes. Carol will guide you through the enjoyable process, including working on your memoir’s design. She will then write your story and arrange for it to be published privately to give to your family and friends, either in professionally published hardback or paperback.

Your Story. Told by You. Written by Carol

Memoirs explore the concept of truth as seen through your eyes. Think of the people who have meant something to you as characters. A great memoir will pull your readers into your life: what has shaped you, what you found challenging at different times of your life, your successes. What matters to you will unfold in your memoir. Carol will guide you through the enjoyable process to achieve your objective including working on your memoir’s title and design.

Quotes: ‘Every minute of creating my memoir was rewarded by the deep appreciation of my family when they received the finished project.’

My grandchildren, who were the reason for my project, love my memoir! My own adult children also have enjoyed finding out about my life and experiences which they had not asked about and now they understand more the real me.’

Doing a collaboration on my memoir has possibly been the biggest factor of my rehabilitation. It got my brain going again. It has joined the history of the past with the present and, hopefully, the future.’

To discuss your memoir or autobiography, contact Carol Godsmark or call 01243 538810 or (+44) 0771 7777 478. carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk

The process of Your Life, Your Story from the first to the last pages:

Carol’s skills include being a practised good listener and interviewer, she is personable, patient, open-minded and has had many life changes herself to help to understand yours.

The informal interview process is not just a series of questions and answers. It is an in-depth conversation that covers the moments of your life you wish to include.

The task of printing your book is overseen by Carol who works with specialists skilled in both traditional and modern printing methods.

Carol will edit the final draft will ensure that spelling, names, stories, etc, are clear and consistent. She will also flag any areas that may need a little more information from you to include.

 Choose Photographs and Other Documentary Evidence to enhance your memoir.  

Carol defines memoir as writing from one aspect of your life for your book and autobiography as writing your life’s story (but leave out what you wish).

Either is not about what you did but about what you did with it.

Four steps to achieve a book of your life story:

Carol offers two options: The Compact or The Prime Autobiography.

Or talk to her regarding a Bespoke Memoir or Autobiography if wishing a longer version.

1. Interviews

If you decide to commission Your Life, Your Story to write your memoir or autobiography, Carol will meet you in a place convenient to you (normally at home) and chat to you about your life, recording the conversations and bearing in mind government distancing guidelines.

2. Writing

Carol will transform your memories into a well-crafted narrative. Your story will typically be written in the first person and will read as though you have put pen to paper. In other words, in your own voice, not the voice of the writer. Once your book has been written and edited, Carol will send you the first draft and make any amendments or additions before we proceed to the next stage.

3. Layout

When you are satisfied with the content of your book, Carol will help you to select a number of photographs to be included in the professionally printed copies. We will then typeset your book. You will then have the opportunity to read your autobiography or memoir again to make sure that you are completely happy with the look and content of your book before  being printed.

4. Printing As many copies you have wished to order will then be delivered to your door.  

Carol will meet you to discuss a possible book for you before you make your decision to go ahead.  Your choices are the COMPACT, THE PRIME AUTOBIOGRAPHY or a longer BESPOKE Memoir or Autobiography.

Your Life, Your Story – THE COMPACT:

To celebrate a major birthday or a memoir (an event which shaped your life such as a family member or friend who was a big influence on your life, a move abroad, your choice of career or careers, meeting the right person, a business from scratch to success). Told to Carol to write in the first person.

  • 40 – 50 page hardback or softback book
  • Up to 10 photographs or document images
  • Up to three hours of recorded interviews in your home or wished-for meeting place with government guideline distancing in place
  • Two proofs
  • 20 hardback or softback books designed to your specifications. If wished, you can increase the numbers of copies for an additional fee.

Your Life, Your Story’s PRIME AUTOBIOGRAPHY offers an opportunity to tell the story of your life in more depth. Told to Carol to write in the first person.

  • 80 – 90 page hardback or softback book
  • Up to 30 photos or document images
  • Up to six hours of recorded interviews in your home or wished-for meeting place with government guideline distancing in place
  • Three proofs
  • 20 hardback or softback books designed to your specifications. Increase the numbers of copies if wished for an extra printing fee.

The Compact

£1,200 for 20 soft cover memoirs
£1,400 for 20 hardback memoirs

The Prime

£1,500 for 20 soft cover books
£1,800 for 20 hardback books

Questions? Please contact Carol at carol@carolgodsmark.co.uk or view the FAQs on this site.

Or telephone 01243 538810 (Chichester, West Sussex) or on 0771 7777 478.