Leave a Legacy: Capture Your Life Story for Grandkids With Your Own Memoir

The greatest gift you can give your grandkids is your life story and family history.

Your kids likely have a decent understanding of your story; your grandkids likely don’t. Our professional writers can capture your anecdotes, lessons, and family history forever so that your story, where you come from, and what you believe is never lost.

Questions? Call 1-800-296-8099 or fill out this easy form.

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Our Leave a Legacy packages will capture your life story in your very own memoir, crafted for you and your familyespecially those like your grandkids who are too young to ask important questions about you now.

For about the cost of getting your car repaired, you can have your entire life story professionally captured in interviews, transcribed, written as a custom memoir, formatted, proofread, and printed in several copies with a beautiful cover. Your story will be told in your voice and it will last forever.

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Our interviewers make sharing your story feel effortless

Alex, my interviewer, radiates genuine kindness, compassion, and understanding while maintaining complete professionalism. He is clear and consistent, asking questions to illuminate passages and create an orderly timeline. The genius of Alex is that he lets you tell your story, never interjecting as a therapist would but instead as a true "journalist," mindful of not directing in a way that would alter the truth of your journey. While I was somewhat reluctant to begin this process I am grateful I did. Thank you for giving me this wonderful experience. I have enjoyed it immensely.

— Becca, retired architecture professor

 

Alex’s comfortable manner allows you to feel as if you are two friends reconnecting rather than being interviewed.

— Steven, retired surgeon

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Three packages tailored to your unique needs:

BRONZE PACKAGE: Your Life Story, Transcribed Forever

Bronze Sample: Deniz, a 69-year-old retired taxi driver

Bronze Sample: Thomas, a 74-year-old retired dentist

  • Two sessions of sharing (one hour each): Cozy sessions where you recount your life stories, responding to thoughtfully asked interview questions.
  • We'll deliver a digital book of edited interview transcripts: Your stories will be transcribed, lightly edited to remove stutters and filler words, and turned into a beautiful digital book.
  • Free video and/or audio recordings: If you'd like, we can provide your recorded interviews for free.
  • Delivered in two weeks (we can start interviewing you within 48 hours of ordering)

Your life story captured for eternity: US$695

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SILVER PACKAGE: A Deeper Dive into Your Life Story, Presented as a "Mini Memoir"

Silver Sample: Jennifer, a 65-year-old retired teacher

Silver Sample: Mark, an 81-year-old retired doctor

  • Four sessions of storytelling (one hour each): More time to explore and share the range of your life experience, guided by a highly trained professional interviewer.
  • We'll deliver a 40-page personal memoir: We'll craft a flowing memoir that encapsulates your journey, turning it into a precious book for your grandkids, other family, and friends.
  • Beautiful print books: We'll mail you five (5) printed copies (we can easily print more, if you'd like). A digital version is included for free as well.
  • Add photos (and even recipes): Include any photos you'd like on the cover and/or in the book.
  • Free video and/or audio recordings: If you'd like, we can provide your recorded interviews for free.
  • Delivered in five weeks (we can start interviewing you within 48 hours of ordering)

Your life story in a professional memoir: US$2,495

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GOLD PACKAGE: An Extended Memoir—A Way to Also Share What You Value with Future Generations

Gold Sample: Patrick, 68-year-old retired salesperson

Gold Sample: Patricia, 73-year-old retired homemaker

  • Five sessions of reflection (one hour each): Comprehensive interviews, including a special fifth session in which we'll ask you about specific lessons and core beliefs you'd like to pass along to kids and grandkids. A lot of grandparents use this to share what they'd want their future adult grandkids to know about parenting, religion, what's important in life, and more. It's your chance to lovingly support family members, even when you're no longer around.
  • We'll deliver a 50-page personal memoir: A detailed memoir, including your stories and wisdom, bound into a stunning book.
  • Beautiful print books: We'll mail you five (5) printed copies (we can easily print more, if you'd like). A digital version is included for free as well.
  • Add photos (and even recipes): Include any photos you'd like on the cover and/or in the book.
  • Free video and/or audio recordings: If you'd like, we can provide your recorded interviews for free.
  • Delivered in five weeks (we can start interviewing you within 48 hours of ordering)

US$2,995

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  • Financing available (see below or call us)
  • Please call our team with any questions (1-800-296-8099) or fill out this easy form if you'd like us to contact you.
  • Dislike computers and want to order with a check or money order? Just call us.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What's the main motivation for capturing one's story?

Ask yourself: Would you have wanted a written record of family and life history from your parents or grandparents? Wouldn't it be a true gift to be able to learn from their wisdom, even after their passing? You can provide that to your descendants. As well, this is a surefire way to be remembered as you see fit. You'll be able to have your story presented to the world just as you'd like it. Our writers reflect your voice.

Couldn't I write my full story and wisdom down myself?

Possibly, but what takes people years to do we do in just weeks—and most people who start writing their story on their own never finish. For the few who do finish without help after several years, they generally have an underbaked book that doesn't capture their full impact on the world because it's not guided by professional interviewers who kindly ask life's big questions and listen intently.

As well, solo writers rarely have editors, proofreaders, cover designers, and book formatters at their disposal. We have a team of over 50 people who will make sure your life story shines.

Where do the interviews take place?

We do them over the phone, FaceTime, Facebook Messenger, Zoom, or basically any platform—whatever you like the best.

I'm not very familiar with technology. Will this process be complicated?

No. You just talk; we do the rest.

Do I have to be "old" (whatever that means) to capture my story?

No. We recommend that you’re over 60. Even if you might have 40 years left on this planet (and we hope you have longer!), this is a great way to pause and reflect on your life to date. As well, no one is promised tomorrow so it’s best to get your story down today. We can always help you update it later.

Why should I do this now?

You owe it to yourself and your loved ones to get your story down on paper while you can. Tomorrow is not guaranteed and we all, unfortunately, know countless people who have been here one day but not the next.

How do you ensure privacy?

Our professional interviewers have signed confidentiality agreements and handle every story with the utmost respect and privacy.

What if I find it difficult to revisit certain past experiences?

You are in full control of the interviews and can skip questions that make you uncomfortable. Our warm and caring interviewers are skilled at guiding the conversation to ensure a comfortable experience.

I finished my book years ago. Can I update it?

Absolutely! Contact us at info@grandkids.com or 1-800-296-8099 to make updates. Our costs for this are minimal.

I don't think my life is interesting enough to document. Why should I do this?

Every life is rich with stories and lessons. What may seem ordinary to you can be extraordinary and enlightening to your kids and grandkids. Your unique perspectives and experiences are invaluable to your family and need to be recorded.

How can I be sure that my story will be accurately represented?

Our process includes thorough reviews and opportunities for you to provide input and corrections. We're not happy until you're thrilled.

Who runs Grandkids.com?

Grandkids.com was born out of MemoirGhostwriting.com, a company that writes memoirs for celebrities, politicians, and others. Both companies were founded by Luke Palder, a Yale graduate who has—between Grandkids.com, MemoirGhostwriting.com, and his other publishing venture of many years, ProofreadingServices.com—helped thousands of people publish their work. Luke has two kids and wanted to capture their grandparents’ life stories for himself and his sons. He thought long and hard about how to offer a memoir ghostwriting service that doesn’t cost $75,000 to $125,000 (what a typical ghostwritten memoir costs), and Grandkids.com was born.

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Order one for grandpa or a bundle for grandpa and grandma:
One Bronze Package - $695
Two Bronze Packages - Save 10% - $1,251
One Silver Package - $2,495
Two Silver Packages - Save 10% - $4,491
One Gold Package - $2,995
Two Gold Packages - Save 10% - $5,391
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