What makes The Story Project different from similar services?
The Story Project founders bring decades of journalistic and design experience to the job. We offer the skills and creative talents of both an international journalist with 25 years experience reporting and writing stories and a photographer and book designer who has exhibited his work in museums and galleries in the U.S. and abroad. As a result, our production values are substantially higher for our products than those of our competitors.
And unlike other memoir-writing companies out there, The Story Project offers a variety of products, creating boutique commissioned books on a range of subjects beyond our personal memoir service. From chronicling a business or foundation to documenting a beloved place, The Story Project will work with you to create an artistically designed and professional written commissioned book that reflects your outlook and aesthetic sensibilities.
How many books must a client order?
That’s up to the client. We provide a single copy and the client can order as many as they like, from two to 200 or more.
How is the cost of a commissioned book determined?
We work closely with our clients, discussing and defining the scope of their Story Project to ensure we meet their desires and expectations. Costs for the project are presented once the scope has been mutually agreed.
Personal and institutional histories require extensive interviewing and research and can take up to a full year to produce. Clients are also responsible for the associated costs, which include travel and lodging to conduct personal interviews, and the services of a professional transcriptionist to convert audio interview files to Word documents. We believe in creating exceptional heirloom volumes that reflect our clients’ high standards and expectations of quality. Our costs represent the sophistication of our service and product.
The boutique nature of our company allows us to respond to the precise needs of our clients and we pride ourselves on a meticulous and multifaceted approach to every project. Unlike other companies, once the scope of your Story Project is defined and the work commissioned, we continue to involve you fully in the process to ensure your book is based on thorough interviews, rigorous research and includes the highest level of graphic sophistication.
What is distinctive about The Story Project’s photography and design process?
Peter is responsible for all of The Story Project’s photography work, from on-location portrait sessions to architectural studies to the scanning and digital restoration of a client’s archival images. Similarly, our design services are conducted entirely in-house, in close consultation with our clients. We present them with a range of options when laying out a book and our design choices ultimately reflect their aesthetic preferences.
How long does it take?
That depends on the service we are contracted for and can run from a few months to a year. For bigger projects — personal and institutional histories — we prefer to work on a book for a full 12 months. Good work takes time. As experienced journalists, our standards demand that we conduct a full range of interviews with multiple sources and a high level of in-depth research — all guided by our clients’ vision of the final manuscript.