11stories client love

CHEERS TO OUR 2015 CLIENTS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

One of the best parts of my job is getting to hear client responses to their book.  I love to hear the stories of surprise, gratitude, and joy when they first receive their book or when they gift the book to a loved one.  2015 was filled with life stories and love stories, business stories and creative stories.  I was …

11stories thegreatlisten

CELEBRATING #thegreatlisten

This Thanksgiving, we have the unique privilege of having four generations of family gathered together to celebrate – from our seven year old daughter to her great grandma GG at ninety-three years young.  I had the honor of sitting down with GG for several hours yesterday, to interview her about her life, her loves and her losses, her reflections, and …

11stories book design

BOOK DESIGN FOR CREATIVE STORYTELLING

Here at 11stories, we create beautiful books to help you capture and share your stories. Usually those stories are told through interviews with clients, recording your stories in your words. But storytelling can occur beyond the spoken word, through creative writing and the visual arts. In this past year we’ve had the pleasure of working with several clients who are …

11stories personal history book

STORYTELLING: ROBERT MATTSON

Robert’s project is a combination of a Life Story and a Corporate History, with an emphasis on reflection and lessons learned.  Before his 40th birthday, Robert has built a highly successful company in the field of investment banking, with an impressive roster of clients throughout the United States and abroad.  He recognized the relatively rapid shifts in his life with …

11stories Iannotti life story book

STORYTELLING: MICHAEL IANNOTTI

Michael’s Life Story book celebrates his 50th birthday, his remarkable successes in business, and his positive approach to life in the aftermath of a near-fatal car accident.  His wife Stella hired 11stories to create a one-of-a-kind birthday gift for the man who had everything.  She wanted to give him a rare opportunity to reflect on his accomplishments and to record …

respecting client privacy

RESPECTING CLIENT PRIVACY IN THE PORTFOLIO

In a recent essay in the New York Times, the memoirist William Novak writes about the challenges and rewards of writing books for a small, private audience, “writing books very few will read.”  While Novak typically writes about famous people for a commercial audience (think Magic Johnson & Nancy Reagan,) he was recently hired to write private memoirs that would …

11stories gift

REFLECTIONS: GIFTING THE 11STORIES EXPERIENCE

11stories: I’m curious, when you gave this gift to Marcus, what were your hopes? Stella: Well, at the time I was looking for a gift that would be meaningful for him. And I know he can buy anything material that he wants, but he’s a very reflective person, very thoughtful. I just wanted some way for him to have something …

11stories june celebrate

11STORIES ANNUAL CELEBRATION

We are thrilled to be able to offer our annual sale again this June, in celebration of my father, the original storyteller in my life.  As you may know, I started 11stories after recording his stories for my own family.  I saw the joy that it brought my dad to have the chance to sit for a few hours and …

11stories reflecting on the process

REFLECTIONS ON THE STORYTELLING PROCESS

11stories: What has this process been like for you, talking and reflecting on your life and your legacy? Client: I wanted to not just do the biographical stuff – I could have sent you my resume – but insights on how I view the world and things about me that are beyond just work. You know, I really wanted to …

11stories me @ 20

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF APH: ME @ 20

Today is Me@20 Day, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Association of Personal Historians (APH.) For twenty years, this wonderful organization has been connecting people to professionals like myself, in an effort to help record those precious life stories. Today we celebrate the efforts of the APH by sharing a few of our stories. Want to join in? …

11stories record the past

INSPIRED: BEING A RECORDER OF THE PAST

ZINSSER: One of the saddest sentences I know is, “I wish I had asked my mother about that. I wish I had asked my father about that.” Writers are the custodians of memory so it’s extremely important to get to people, interview your parents, your grandparents. Don’t worry what anybody else thinks. The important thing is to be a recorder …

11stories book layout tools of the trade

TOOLS OF THE TRADE: BOOK LAYOUT

In the past few months since I was invited to be a member of The Dream Team, I have been hired to take on several exciting book design and layout projects. While an 11stories Life Story or Love Story Book always involves an element of layout work, these recent projects are bringing that creative work to the forefront. This month …

11stories dream team blog

FEATURED: THE DREAM TEAM

11stories is thrilled to announce our selection as a member of the Dream Team, a curated group of book experts offering services ranging from book development, writing, layout and design. The Dream Team is managed by Blurb, the highly successful publishing platform. Many folks know Blurb as the place to get beautiful, high quality photo books printed. But what you …

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STORYTELLING: JENA & JAKE

JENA:  With our kids, I definitely want to convey to them, “Marry the right person.” And that’s going to mean different things to different people, but to me that means, “Marry someone who ‘gets’ you.”  Who you don’t have to explain your sense of humor to them, you just don’t have to explain. I mean, certainly you’ll have to communicate …

11stories we love the love story

WHY WE LOVE THE LOVE STORY

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner and some of our clients in the midst of wedding planning, I wanted to reflect on why the Love Story is such a special part of the work we do at 11stories. So why do I love the Love Story? Let me count the ways… Each couple’s story is both unique and universal. …