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 …

11stories anniversary book jena jake logo

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. …

FEATURED: THE BOLD ITALIC

A big welcome to The Bold Italic readers, we’re so glad you’re here!  We had such a wonderful time working with clients we met last year through The Bold Italic, and we can’t wait to meet more of you this year! 11stories is thrilled to be included in their 2015 Wedding Guide, and for more inspiration you can visit their …

11stories rebrand

BEHIND THE SCENES: THE 11STORIES REBRAND

About this time last year, I embarked on the great rebranding adventure of 2014. The results includes a fresh new web design and a greater ability to meet the needs of an expanding and sophisticated clientele.  So what exactly happened on this adventure? Let’s find out… First things first, my partners in crime were the kick-ass team at Big Deal …

11stories reflections

HAPPY NEW YEAR: TAKING TIME FOR REFLECTION

When I ask clients about their experience with the storytelling process, they inevitably say how much they love the chance to reflect, to take a moment in their busy lives to look at where they’ve been and where they are headed. The start of a new year is a wonderful time for reflection, to look at the year past and …

11stories holiday gift experience

THE GIFT OF THE EXPERIENCE

It seems that the older I get, the more I understand the appeal of the “experience” gift. Perhaps it’s the fact that with age comes the sense that time is slipping away from us. Perhaps it’s an understanding that our memories and shared experiences are far more valuable than any sweater or (gasp) new pair of shoes. Don’t get me …