Been planning to write a book?
Kids pressuring you to record your stories?
Get your book written and published.
At Heirloom Films and Storybooks we specialize in helping you record, preserve, and share your life story, family history and old photos. Imagine giving beautiful print storybooks that will be the source of delightful bedtime stories for your family's youngsters for generations!
With simple interviews and your old photos you'll be giving the most amazing gifts...your storybook!
The process of making a book is quite simple and can be accomplished at your pace in-person, by phone and through the internet. We offer complete bookmaking services including research, genealogy, photography, custom graphic design, layout, and imposition, writing, editing, proofreading, printing, and delivery!
You'll start out the process by completing a simple questionnaire that start to outline the chapters of your book. Contact us for your free consultation and Book Questionnaire.
Metal Of The Earth: The Story of Peter William Cassidy And His Family
Metal of The Earth is a classic 8" x 10" family history book specifically designed for bedtime stories. It has 60 full colour inside pages with some imagery bleeding off the page making the book and the stories appear bigger.
Personal historian Cory Bretz designed this book working with the Cassidy family members who were each on different continents - all entirely online. Using Zoom Cory interviewed Peter Cassidy in Australia and at the same time Peter's sister was in England scanning and uploading the family's photos.
Peter wrote most of the stories in the last half of the book with Cory providing editing, proofreading, and design. The first part of the book was written by Cory with Peter reviewing the text.
Just before the book was finalized and sent for printing, Peter's son and daughter-in-law were due to have a baby within several months. Rather than wait to publish the book or leave out the baby, an ultrasound photo of the soon-to-arrive baby was included in the book!
My mum and dad were both so happy because they got to contribute their own writings. The finished book is absolutely gorgeous. We mailed it out to family members all over the world! It was easy to work with Cory.
My Husband Would Be Thrilled He's In The Book
I am so happy to have gotten my book done. I gave each of my kids and grandkids their own copy. Our book is special because it is a tribute to my husband Ken who has already passed on. With this book, we will both be in the lives of our great grandkids! Thanks Heirloom Films & Storybooks!
The Process of Making Your Storybook
The process of having your storybook created and printed involves several steps. First we discuss the parameters of your book, that is, the physical dimensions, the approximate number of pages, the imagery you may have, and we review any previously written text you may already have. Interviews are conducted to gather the stories, writing and editing conducted to make the text easily readable in short story format - perfect for kid's bedtime stories. Then we capture in high resolution any paper print photos and mementos that you'd like included in your storybook. Genealogical data and family trees can also be included.
Various design options are discussed and your book is laid out using professional graphic design software and paginated for printing. You'll get to review Draft #1, make suggestions for change, additions, and deletions. Then you'll receive Draft #2, and potentially Draft #3. Once it's just right, your book is uploaded to a reputable online book publishing company and you can order your copies and have them shipped directly to you or your relatives!
The process of creating a print storybook can take several months to more than a year depending on the availability of your story tellers to provide info, the complexity and volume of the content, and the speed of reviews and re-edits/re-designs.
Storybooks make the perfect gift either in it's final printed version or as a gift certificate for someone to start the storybook making process and tell their story. If someone is to be featured in a book like a parent or grandparent, we don't recommend making a book about them without their participation. Instead, get them involved. They'll thank you later!
Our Storybook making process is well suited for parents, grandparents and families who want to pass on their story in book form but don't have time to do the writing and compiling themselves.
Personal Historian Cory Bretz (fourth on the right) seen learning with fellow professional bookmakers!