Family Books

Memoirs and family histories take many forms. I mention them in a special section because much of my work consists of short-run, digitally-printed books for families. With the advent of online genealogical resources and widespread computer use, many memoirs and family histories are being written. They fill a growing need for telling and preserving the stories of loved ones. And now they can be easily published as interesting and professionally-designed books. If properly prepared and printed, they are true heirlooms to be treasured for generations. 

I can help you develop your ideas into a book that best suits your purposes. There are many ways to present stories and photographs. I've designed books for family stories, simple narratives, short stories, poetry, genealogical histories, military histories, stories for one's children, and a variety of memoirs. These books can be small, representing a single idea or event, or large enough to encompass a comprehensive family history. They can have photographs or not. They can be hardcover or softcover. Family books have saved deteriorating photo collections, brought together themed artworks, published essays, provided insights into lives, and been read at memorials. These books are well-received and treasured by families and friends. 

"I came across several resources that your students might find helpful. The first was the book builder, the person who takes the computer-ready manuscript and creates a layout and file that the printer can use. She also works with the author to determine what the cover is going to look like and be made of, what kind, color, and weight of paper is to be used, the font of the type, the chapter heading style, what the table of contents is going to look like, and a few more items. Hers is both an artistic and mechanical job—not one to be attempted by amateurs in my opinion. I found Spring Book Design in St. Paul to be easy to work with and highly professional. Dorie knows books the way a surgeon knows his/her way around a body. Her website is worth looking at by anyone thinking about writing and publishing a book."

—Glenn Shifflet, A Letter to My Friends