LifeBook is a project I came across and fell in love with during a family gathering where I found myself listening closely to the story of Roy Moed, a man who founded a company that transforms life stories to life books, immortalising memories in the most nostalgic way possible. After a well-though process of 12 weeks, one’s words are translated into written ones, and a LifeBook is born. From first words to first heartbreaks, unkept promises to kept secrets, LifeBook reveals as much as one is willing to; without any judgement or prejudice … (Alara Kap)
What is the process of writing one’s story?
There are 3 steps:
1. 12 meetings are done whereby the subject is interviewed and recorded.
2. The recorded interviews are written by a ghostwriter.
3. The finished book is edited and typeset.
Following on from this, the books are printed and handmade in London on archive paper and stitched and bound.
Do you interview other people related to the person who is writing their story? After all, some stories need double-checking …!
No, the stories are purely the author’s stories, and we say it is the ‘author’s version of the truth.’ None of the stories are researched or fact-checked. After all, they are not for sale and are for private consumption by the family.
Once the book is written, the person is asked to come up with a title. Why do you think it’s important for a person to come up with a title themselves?
Sometimes the author has a title before they start. I also think the title in some way defines if it is aimed to be a serious autobiography or an amusing look back on one’s life. We are often asked to help with the title.
However, I have tried to ban ‘My Life’.
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The best history books are packed with first-hand accounts, detailed anecdotes and unique perspectives that reveal real human life stories from a distinct period in time.
As Remembrance Sunday approaches (13th November), the memories of those who have lived through times of war are firmly at the forefront of the nation’s minds.
While thousands of people have incredible stories to share of their experiences of these times, many keep these tales to themselves or fail to document them so they can be passed on to future generations.
Although 64 per cent of Brits admit to being told war stories by their parents or grandparents* only eight per cent of these storytellers have managed to write them down. In fact, one in five of those who experienced theSecond World War first-hand has forgotten many experiences completely, meaning they have already missed the opportunity to document these important pieces of social history.
The importance of preserving these informative and irreplaceable insights led entrepreneur, Roy Moëd to create LifeBook – a bespoke autobiography service – which he set up in 2012 after encouraging his own father to document his memories.
“My father was nearing the end of his life, was almost blind and felt he didn’t have much to contribute anymore,” comments Mr Moëd. “I wanted to find him a project to work on, something he could look forward to.
“I knew there would be stories from his past that he might feel a little uncomfortable sharing with me so I sent a friend to meet with him once a week so he didn’t have to hold back or have the worry of telling me a story he had already told me a thousand times.”
Forgotten war stories brought alive with the help of Surrey autobiography company
Mr Moëd’s father passed away before they were able to finish the book completely but provided the inspiration to set up LifeBook. The aim was to encourage other people to start the journey of storytelling, share their life stories and leave a lasting legacy.
LifeBook sends an interviewer, weekly for a period of 12 weeks, to interview and record a person’s stories. After each session, their verbal recollections are turned into the written word – in the author’s voice –and then amended and edited as the author sees fit.
Once the chapters have been written and approved, they are then typeset into five hand-crafted, stitched linen-covered, 160-page hardback books, including up to 60 photographs.
To date LifeBook has helped several hundred people across 15 different countries document their stories for family and friends – many of them First and Second World War veterans.
Mr Moëd adds: “Although these books are very much something for the family of the authors to treasure for years to come they are often shared with friends and kept for, as yet, unborn grandchildren and great grandchildren.”
We were very pleased to be visited by our LifeBook author, John Franklin, this week. He popped in to sign our office copy, after a long day of signing copies for his friends and family!
John worked with LifeBook’s bespoke service to complete a manuscript into which he had put many years of hard work. Whilst our normal autobiographies are usually around 160 pages long with 60 photographs, at 608 pages and with numerous photographs, letters and documents, The Weaver and His Crinoline Lady is our biggest LifeBook yet! This beautiful large-format book with a custom designed cover was finally completed in just five months with LifeBook’s help.
Mr Franklin said: “Amazing what the end product has turned out to be. Something LifeBook can be proud of! A very big thank you to my project manager, Caroline, for the great effort and professionalism she brought to making the tome the fine end product it is.”
Congratulations to Mr Franklin; you and your loved ones are now in possession of a legacy you can treasure forever.
An interesting discussion from the editorial team of the Reader’s Digest podcast about the transition from childhood to adulthood, plus contributions from a best-selling novelist and a debut novelist.
LifeBook USA offers a meaningful Father’s Day gift with a difference: the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to record your father’s life journey in his very own personal autobiography; a treasured archive that will leave a legacy for generations to come.
It’s hard to buy a Father’s Day present for the man who has everything, so LifeBook USA are offering a gift with a difference. The company specializes in helping people to record their life’s journey—a tangible embodiment of personal triumphs and hardships.
For Bob Fitzsimmons and his sister, LifeBook was exactly the unique gift they were looking for to give to their 70-year-old father, Tom, based in Florida.
“It just seemed like a perfect fit. We thought it was appropriate to try something not only out of the box, but also something meaningful,” Mr. Fitzsimmons said.
“My father was certainly intrigued by it. Actually, at the beginning, he was almost a little confused. He didn’t even know that such a gift existed or that there was such a thing out there. So, for him, after explaining exactly what my sister and I had given him, he was thrilled. He thought that it was such a unique idea and he really embraced the idea from the beginning,” he said.
“It was really more about the experience that we were seeking to give, as opposed to a finished, tangible product. That was less important to us. It was more about my father getting something out of this that he found to be fulfilling and enjoyable, which is what we accomplished and were pleased with.”
Vice President of Author Development at LifeBook USA, Duane Roemmich, said the LifeBook method involves four to six months of face-to-face interviews, held regularly with a trained interviewer.
“The LifeBook process helps people to tell their stories. Information gathered is then documented in their very own personal autobiography. It becomes a treasured archive that can live on for generations,” Mr. Roemmich said.
For Bob Fitzsimmons, it’s this legacy that has been an unexpected, but very positive, outcome of his father’s LifeBook experience.
“I think this is one of those gifts that will give back many years from now to a lot of people, especially my children and my sister’s children who probably can’t appreciate it fully at this stage of their life,” Mr. Fitzsimmons said.
To give the gift of LifeBook to your father this Father’s Day, contact 888-530-7373.
Everyone has their own remarkable story to tell; the story of a unique journey made up of memories that can inform and inspire. Creating an inspirational autobiography has never been easier than with the professional team at LifeBook.
When Ali Hall was faced with the dilemma of gift shopping for her elderly father, she, like many of us, considered the regular types of gifts.
“It’s hard to give your father something, you know – he gave me everything,” Ms Hall said.
“And sometimes you’re sort of like, what? One more tie for a present and he doesn’t even wear a tie anymore. So what do you get?” she said.
Hall liked the idea of giving her father a gift that had real meaning and, in her search for the perfect solution, she discovered LifeBook.
“It wasn’t just some sort of silly throwaway gift for another year of a holiday, so that meant a lot to me. He’s engaging his mind through the LifeBook process. That’s been huge. And it’s been something positive for us to talk about,” she said.
Vice President Author Development at LifeBook USA, Duane Roemmich said, for many, LifeBook is not so much about the book, but more about the engaging process of the book’s development.
“The process involves six months of weekly face-to-face interviews, so interviewers get to know their subjects well,” Mr Roemmich said.
“Participants tell their stories, share their precious memories and the most important parts of their lives. It’s a very meaningful process,” he said.
According to Ali Hall, the autobiographical journey has given her father renewed purpose.
“It’s incredible for him to have a purpose, to have a reason to get up, to think about the day, to get dressed to see Anna, the interviewer… It’s meaningful. It’s something important to do,” Ms Hall said.
“When you read his story, his personality is just bursting through the pages – and there are so many stories. I know I’m giving him that gift of remembering really happy times and, I think, you can’t give someone more than that,” she said.
LifeBook was established in the UK in 2012 and expanded to the United States in January.
For further information about starting your very own LifeBook journey, contact 888-530-7373 FREE.
LifeBook was originally established in 2012 by Roy Moed who was inspired by his own personal journey. His father, Jules, was almost blind and felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world. Moed asked a friend to visit his father for an hour each week to ‘interview’ him and document his stories. He discovered that his father eagerly awaited each visit and relished in the chance to talk about the fond memories and experiences of his life. This very first autobiography inspired Moed to take LifeBook to the world.
The Villages, Florida (PRWEB)April 16, 2016
British based company LifeBook has expanded to the USA and are now proudly calling The Villages home. The company offers the unique service of helping people all over the world to create their legacy autobiography for themselves, their families and generations to come.
Founder of LifeBook, Roy Möed, said the company is excited about bringing LifeBook to The Villages.
“We’re thrilled to be bringing LifeBook to Florida and offering The Villages community with the gift of a lifetime. It’s a celebration of life and a journey of discovery,” Mr Möed said.
“LifeBook provides an opportunity for people to tell their stories and document their lives in a treasured archive – a legacy that can live on for generations,” he said.
LifeBook was originally established in 2012 by Mr Möed who was inspired by his own personal journey. His father, Jules, was almost blind and felt he had nothing more to contribute to the world.
Möed asked a friend to visit his father for an hour each week to ‘interview’ him and document his stories. He discovered that his father eagerly awaited each visit and relished in the chance to talk about the fond memories and experiences of his life. This very first autobiography inspired Möed to take LifeBook to the world.
“My goal was to find an affordable way for anyone, young or old, to create their very own personal autobiography, wherever they are in the world,” Mr Möed said.
The six-month autobiographical journey involves weekly face-to-face interviews with a trained interviewer. Information gathered from these meetings is then used by an experienced ghostwriter to write the autobiography in consultation with the participant. The stories and photographs are then produced into a unique LifeBook published as a family legacy to keep forever.
For further information about creating your LifeBook call 888-530-7373 (If in the USA) or 0800 999 2998 (If in The UK)