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. 


"Dorie McClelland of Spring Book Design offers the rare combination of talent and client responsiveness, with a dose of patience and calm to get any publisher through the hurdles of redesigns and deadlines. Dorie listens to her clients' needs but, even more, is not afraid to offer her professional opinion to improve their work. Her respect for the printed word shines in her designs. I recommend her unconditionally to publishers and authors."

—Susan Berg PhD, Choose on Purpose for Twentysomethings