FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

  • Who owns the copyright for an autobiography or memoirs written by LifeGems Personal Histories?

    When LifeGems Personal Histories writes original text on behalf of its clients, the client retains 100% copyright ownership. This means that once you, as the client, have paid the agreed fees for the contract, you may do whatever you wish with the final result. LifeGems Personal Histories does not retain any rights to distribution or duplication of your book, in whole or in part, and may not do so without your authorization.

    Retaining copyright also means that should you choose at any time to offer the book for sale to the general public, you or your heirs are entitled to 100% of the profits.

    If you intend, or even later decide that you would like to market your book to a wider audience, LifeGems Personal Histories can assist in identifying your market niche, and work with you to develop a marketing strategy that will help you reach your sales goals.

  • What will the project cost?

    You may be surprised to learn how affordable it is to have a personal or family history developed and produced. Our designers will work closely with you, your family, or your organization to design a project that will suit your story, goals, budget and imagination.

    Please contact us to discuss the details of your project. When you call or email us [link] you will not be dealing with a call centre or salesperson. You will be in direct contact with the professional who actually interviews, writes and produces exquisite personal histories for LifeGems’ clients. All your questions will be addressed efficiently and with the caring attention that your project deserves.

    We will provide you with a reliable estimate and suggest ways that we can help you get the most out of this experience. We want to help you to enjoy every minute of this wonderful adventure. We love what we do! You will too.

    We love what we do! You will too

  • How is memoir-writing different from genealogy?

    Genealogy is a record of names, places and dates listed on a family tree. It involves research and the record produced shows ancestral descent. A personal history, on the other hand, may include a list of names and dates, since these can be an important starting point. Personal history (or lifewriting) seeks to tell the stories behind those names, places and dates, and in so doing, it brings a family tree to life.

    Personal history could be thought of as the leaves, blossoms or fruit on your family tree.

  • page holderWhat is personal history writing?

    Personal history writing, also called lifewriting, is a form of modern history that is growing in popularity. It can take many forms: memoir, autobiography, oral history, community history, and corporate history, to name a few.

    In a nutshell, personal history gives us the stories that come from real-life experience - whether glamorous and adventurous, or seemingly ordinary. At LifeGems Personal Histories, we do not believe that any life is truly ordinary; every life is filled with experiences, lessons and ethical perspectives that once shared, become a lasting impression of a unique lifetime.

    There are many reasons that people want to leave a permanent record of personal or family history.

    Recording our stories for those who follow — children, grandchildren and more importantly, generations beyond – gives those future generations the benefit of our experience. We can share with them in a most personal way the perspective we have gained over a lifetime and this in turn helps them to identify where they came from, as a starting point for where they want to go.

    Personal history writing provides us with something for ourselves as well. It offers us vital opportunities to check our bearings, assess the direction of our lives and make adjustments. Or, if we like what we see ahead, then carry on with a renewed sense of purpose and vision.

    Personal history writing is something we do for ourselves and also for every generation that follows.

  • pictureWhat is Corporate History?

    Corporations have lives too! The founding of a successful business or organization requires vision, hard work and the ability to weather the many storms that threaten its health and longevity. For some, the establishment of their successful enterprise is a subject of tremendous pride, often seen as the crowning accomplishment of their lives.

    Imagine the sense of pride and possibility for an organization which acknowledges its gratitude for an outgoing founder or CEO, with a book produced on their behalf, preserving the leader’s vision. Such a record becomes an integral and vital part of the succession plan.

    As an account of “how it was done”, a corporate history guides the way forward with unsurpassed authority. As a reference tool, a corporate history can become a primary resource that will help to ensure the organization’s success for many years to come. Contained within its pages is the distillation of hard-won lessons: stories of past challenges and how they were met and overcome; the risks that paid off and the wisdom gained from those that did not; and the keen insight that only hindsight offers.