Your Stories — in Your Voice
Digital recording of personal history interviews, preserved on CD, saves not only a storyteller’s stories, but the voice with all its character. A lower-cost option (because it requires less work), an audio personal history can always be turned into a book later.
Typically, the process includes these steps:
- Preparatory consultation. I meet with you to discuss the focus and scope of the project, tell you what to expect and ask you to fill out a form providing basic information about topics you want to be sure to cover.
- Recording interviews. You tell me your story in the comfort of your home. I will ask questions to spark memories and will keep you focused and on track. It’s an enjoyable experience for both of us!
- Light editing. I edit the interviews to remove lengthy pauses and other distractions and to separate the recording into tracks so listeners can find the stories that interest them the most.
- Production. I burn the edited interviews onto CDs and present them to you in an attractive album, which includes an index of tracks. Your life in your voice!
Audio personal histories are usually shorter than written ones because while all the important stories are included, less detail is recorded.
Typically, each hour of interview represents about 6 hours of work, including the interview itself, review, light editing and separation into tracks, and preparing the presentation album.
The investment required is usually $1,500–3,000, taking two to five months to complete.
If you decide on additional editing, such as organizing the material so that all the information associated with a particular topic (e.g., school days) is together, there will be additional costs, charged by the hour.