Sarah Yates, a subscriber to and good friend of Niagara Escarpment Views, has a couple of different gift ideas. Here is all the info:
Everybody has a story to tell and as we get older, many of us harbor the wish to tell that story, to record our family’s past and to leave it behind for future generations. Looking Backward: A Guide to Memoir and Family History Writing by Sarah Yates guides the reader from that original family photograph to publication and the launch party. A 10-question checklist at the back of the book is a last-minute guide against forgetting a critical step. The book is downloadable as a PDF for $4.99, only until the end of January.
For $104.99, Gemma B. Publishing offers a gift for that hard-to-buy- for person who has everything: the PDF coupled with a two-hour consultation/editing session with Sarah Yates via Skype, online, on telephone or in person.
Sarah Yates’ book is readable and practical, recounting examples from her work with a homesteader in Manitoba, from a patent lawyer born in Depression Kansas who practiced in Manhattan, even after he ontracted ALS, to a city planner born in Brooklyn, NY who taught all over North America and in Thailand. Everyone’s story is different.
Since 1984 Sarah Yates has been in the business of helping people tell their life story as co-writer, editor and publisher. That year she co-wrote and published Toronto Then and Now with Clarence Duff, for Fitzhenry & Whiteside.
“Writing is hard; it can be lonely work. In this book and with this offer of consultation, I wanted to share my passion for storytelling and for helping other people to realize what is often a long-held desire to write their own family history or life story.”
Pass it on to the generations. It’s a family affair.
Looking Backward: A Guide to Memoir and Family History Writing is readable, informative and lively. To order http://www.gemmab.ca/Books/LookingBackwards/tabid/373/Default.aspx .