FAQ

What is a My Life & Stories Memoir Mentor?

A my Life & Stories Memoir Mentor is a helper; you help clients record their life stories.

As a My Life & Stories Memoir Mentor you make it easier for clients to remember and to tell their stories in a clear and easy to listen to manner.

Are there any additional fees?

There are no additional fees for the program beyond your initial fee.

You make a one-time investment.

What do I get for my one-time investment?

You get:

1. Your own branded web site with your photo, your name and your business name.

2. Your own Dashboard where you can keep all your records and stay in control of your business  

3. The tools and resources you need including:

  • Marketing materials
  • Presentation materials
  • Guidelines to help your clients prepare for their recording sessions
  • Terms and Conditions  
  • A complete self-paced training program

(please note, the branded website is not available with the Silver package)

What is a branded website?

Your personal web site to help you market your services. You will insert your name and contact information and your photo.

Will I have to sell my services?

We want to be clear about this: to be successful you will have to reach out to potential clients and their adult children.

But most of what you will do is marketing. No cold calls.

We provide you with a complete set of marketing materials (emails, PowerPoints and suggestions for building your business).

This is not a hard sell. My Life and Stories is an attractive and interesting service.

When you explain what you can do for clients many will be interested. But, as always, there will be those who say no. That’s fine.

The market is huge and when you follow our suggested marketing and sales guidelines you should do very well over time.

How long does it take to record a memoir?

Every client is different.

Some clients can talk for hours without getting tired. If so, it may take one or two sessions to record their memoir.

Other clients may need shorter sessions.You and your clients will decide how long and how many sessions are needed.

Expect two one-hour visits at a minimum but more if needed.

What else do I have to purchase?

If you do not already have this equipment, you will need:

• A laptop computer (Mac or PC)
• Or, a desktop computer
• A Smartphone (Apple or Android)
• A microphone
• A jack
• Audio editing software (We suggest a free app called Audacity. We show you how to use it)

The microphone and jack are not expensive.

Why are memoirs audiotaped (instead of written or videotaped)?

Written or videotaped memoirs are VERY expensive. The cost (often starting at $5,000 and up) is far too much money for most people.

Written memoirs often require an editor or ghostwriter.

Videotaped memoirs require camera people and editing.

Both are very time consuming and expensive.

Audiotaped memoirs can be completed at a much, much lower cost and much faster than the other options.

Many more people can consider an audiotaped memoir because the cost is so reasonable. That makes your market much larger than the other methods.

And audiotaped memoirs are just as valuable.

Think about how many people listen to podcasts. Or the radio.

An audiotaped memoir is just as enjoyable and will be cherished just as much as the more expensive approaches.

What is the My Life & Stories ‘system?'

The My Life & Stories system is as follows:

  • You meet with your client to explain the process and set a schedule
  • You help your client prepare for the audiotaped sessions
  • You complete the audiotaped sessions with your client
  • You edit out mistakes and add chapter titles
  • You deliver the completed memoir to your client
Can I do recordings remotely (if we are still
doing social distancing?)

Yes, indeed, you can complete memoir recordings remotely.

There are two ways:

1. Use a conference call app such as Zoom. You can audiotape the calls.

2. Use your phone to record the calls.

How long does it take to record a memoir?

Every client is different.

Some clients can talk for hours without getting tired. If so, it may take one or two sessions to record their memoir.

Other clients may need shorter sessions.You and your clients will decide how long and how many sessions are needed.

Expect two one-hour visits at a minimum but more if needed.