Announcing Helene Pittler’s Memoir: My Lives

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Announcing Helene Pittler’s Memoir: My Lives

We are happy to announce another client’s book, Helene Pittler’s memoir, “My Lives: The Defining and Refining of Helene Kalin Pittler.” Helene’s life was honored by her son, who felt that her commitment to self-improvement over the decades could not go unchronicled. To create Helene’s book, we interviewed her for several days and also included…

Read More March 3, 2014

How to hire a ghostwriter

One of the most common questions I get involves how to hire a ghost writer (or ghostwriter). Folks assume I am a ghost writer. The first thing I can help you with here is a basic understanding of what each type of writer does. Knowing this, you are armed with vital information. Ghostwriter — by…

Read More February 25, 2014

How to hire a ghost writer

One of the most common questions I get involves how to hire a ghost writer (or ghostwriter). Folks assume I am a ghost writer. The first thing I can help you with here is a basic understanding of what each type of writer does. Knowing this, you are armed with vital information. Ghostwriter — by…

Read More February 25, 2014

Personal Historians Unite!

Part of being a personal historian is connecting with others who do the same, and I was happy to make a presentation last week in Washington, D.C. at the annual conference of the Association of Personal Historians. (In truth, it was held at the Bethesda Grand Hyatt, but D.C. is so close, and sounds so…

Read More November 18, 2013

Before it’s too late, hire a biographer

It is the refrain I hear most often when I am explaining my work to someone for the first time: “I wish I had known about you before my father had a stroke…before my mother died…before grandmother broke her hip….” We want to believe we are mortal, and yet everyone’s time comes. Most people have…

Read More November 14, 2013

Writing the Autobiography- Step One: Create an Archive

Technically, I do not write memoirs. A memoir is a first-person account written from the point of view of the memoir subject. I write autobiographies. I create a third-person narrative of a life, based on interviews and research, as in the case of Helga Hofmeier Edmonds, pictured here at the age of nine, wearing a…

Read More October 18, 2013

Write Your Memoirs in 5 Minutes a Day

I’m giving lots of advice, mentoring and expert tips on writing in general and memoir writing in particular, in an easy-to-follow blog at http://www.writeyourmemoirs.com. By taking only five minutes each day–you gotta start somewhere!–you can kick-start your momentum, establish a relationship with your muse, and begin getting meaningful words onto the page.

Read More September 16, 2013

Helga: A Memoir of Privilege, War and Family

The glamour and beauty of Helga’s youth still radiate from her face, defying both her eighty-eight years and the events thereof. Look closely and you will see a shield of Germanic pride: the self-control over her expression has yielded very little over the years. “I have tended to be stoic about life,” she says, “believing…

Read More August 27, 2013

Benefits of the memoir-writing process

Beginners are both fascinated and daunted by the idea of having a biographer writing their memoirs. In this video, made a few years ago, I briefly explain and illustrate some of the benefits to having your memoir writen.

Read More July 22, 2013

Memoir Writing: Easy as Falling Off a Cliff

“Have you written your memoirs?” she asked me. I’m a biographer so the question leaves a big, long echo resounding in the air until I answer. It’s a test, I know. “I’ve written…parts,” I confess. A mini-memoir about my last year with my mom before she died (“My Name As A Prayer” on Amazon.com). A…

Read More June 4, 2013