It's 9/11 and I normally stay quiet today. In fact, I haven't sent a broadcast mailing on 9/11 ever.
But today I have something to talk about. Please forgive me if it's a little disjointed as I have a lot of thoughts and feelings running through my head.
It's been 12 years since the towers came down, although it still feels like yesterday.
If you're reading this, you've been given a gift of the past 12 years that the 2,977 victims of the attack did not get.
You've had 12 years of life that the others didn't have.
What did you make of it? And, God-willing we are having this conversation again in 2025, what will you make of your next 12 years?
12 years ago today, I was 9 months pregnant with my daughter (who was born just a few days later).
I lived in Oregon. My husband had a great job and we had just bought our dream house.
I really didn't have a care in the world.
A few weeks later, in response to the attacks, departments started closing where he worked – and his entire department was closed. So we went from one child to two – and one very nice income to none, in the span of a few weeks.
That set a few things in motion. One being me looking online for ways to make money. And, therefore, here I am.
That's my story. 9/11 broke my heart, left me sobbing on the floor, pissed me off more than I knew I could be, and it scared the crap out of me – like most people reading this post. And, it also changed the course of my future.
So today I wanted to talk about something I feel strongly about.
Life is short and only God knows when ours will be done.
I don't want to be morbid, but if you don't tell your story, who will?
Here's an email that I sent the other day about telling life stories. Yours, your loved ones, and even other people (as part of a business model).
Whether you buy the course I recommend or not, doesn't really matter to me.
What does matter to me is YOU. Your story. Your life. Your legacy.
So please jot your story down. Whether you write it in a journal to keep private for now or share it with family and friends that's up to you. Or – if you want to write your biography to share your lessons with the world, that's great, too. Print-on-Demand technology makes it easy to give the gift of your story to everyone who you love or to make it available worldwide.
On that note, here's the email that I sent last week…
As you probably figured out by now, I’m a big softie.
I love my friends. I cherish my kids. I admire my gramma. I adore my husband. I snuggle my puppies.
And, actually one of my biggest regrets in my short life so far is that I did not capture the stories of my grandparents while I had the opportunity.
I intended to take the time to capture my grandparent’s love story – how they met, fell in love, and stayed together for so many years.
But I didn’t. And, now it’s too late.
What does this have to do with business? Well, my friend, Dennis Becker, just released some interesting training about how to create products (or a paid service) by capturing the stories of others.
Here’s the link -> How to Write Life Stories
At first, when he told me about it, I didn’t get how it could be a business idea.
But then I remembered, one of my dear friends was recently offered a writing gig doing this for a business man and she asked me what to charge him.
I wish this 86 page manual had been available to tell her about at that time. The questions to ask are even included.
Here's part of the Table of Contents so you can see if it might be for you:
- About Me: . 3
- A Business Plan with Heart 9
- Why Would People Be Interested in This? 11
- Types of Personal Histories 13
- Recorded Interview13
- Email Interview 13
- Transcribed Interview 14
- Written Memoir or Biography .14
- Multimedia .14
- Very Specific Memoirs .15
- Event in Time .15
- Spirituality 15
- Travel 15
- Quest 15
- Getting Started With Your Own Family 16
- Consider Your Own Story 16
- Approach Additional Family Members and Friends 17
- What You’ll Need for Your First Interview 17
- 100 Interview Questions to Ask .20
- Interviewing 101: Everything You Need to Know 26
- How to Transcribe an Interview .31
- Using the Interview to Write a Compelling Narrative .33
- Special Ways to Make the Narrative Great 38
- Publishing the Book 40
- The Basics of Formatting Your Book for CreateSpace 40
- Alternative Publishing Options 44
- Specific Services You Can Offer 46
- Pricing Your Services 55
- Frame Your Offer Right for Higher Prices.56
- The Services You’ll Provide .56
- Getting Paid 58
- Setting Up Your Business .60
- Finalizing Your Menu of Services 62
- Your Business Plan .63
- Finding Clients and Where to Advertise 71
- Teach Others to Create Personal Histories, Biographies, and Memoirs 81
- Where to Go From Here 85
Anyway, whether you’re thinking about capturing the stories of people who you love to pass along the generations – or offering this as a highly-paid service, it’s worth looking into as the price will be going up in a few days.
Here’s the link -> How to Write Life Stories
Thank YOU so much for sharing your time with me. I appreciate you greatly. Talk soon!
I hope you have a wonderful day. YOU deserve it!
PS. Your story is uniquely yours. Get it in writing. Whether you sell it on Amazon or just keep it on your own shelf – it’s a gift to pass on to those who love you. Write it.