The Life Story Coach: Build a career as a professional writer of personal and family histories
By Amy Woods Butler, Personal Historian and Life Story Writer
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Want to make your living as a writer? Love listening to other people’s life stories? Tune in for advice on the craft and business of personal history, the growing field of recording memoirs and family histories for paying clients.
||Clean21: Erika Ettin Helps Clients Create the Perfect Online Dating Profile||Can you apply your life story skills to the online dating world? Learn how Erika Ettin built a business around helping clients create the perfect online dating profile and more. Her company, A Little Nudge, has been featured in the New York Times, Washi||6/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean20: Nitty-Gritty on file naming conventions||The Nitty-Gritty is a new series where we'll be talking about the practical aspects of our work. Today, that's it's going to be about file naming conventions and why you need one.||6/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean19: Going Wide with Life Story Professional Peta Roberts||Peta tells us about how documenting her own family's history led her to a career in personal history, and how a newspaper advertisement jump-started her business.||6/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean18: Teaching Life Story Classes and Opening a Life Story Studio||Sam shares her ups, downs, and sideways on growing (and then scaling back) her life story business. Once the proprietor of a brick-and-mortar life story studio in Hendersonville, North Carolina, Sam now teaches life story classes, coaches writing client||5/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean17: Life Story Memorabilia Boxes and Marketing with Show and Tell Events with Martie McNabb||Martie McNabb helps clients tell their stories through their memorabilia. She's also a master marketer. She created her first "show and tell" event at Branded Saloon in Brooklyn several years ago, and since then the events have spread across the country||5/21/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean16: AncestryDNA for Life Story Professionals with Scientist Mike Tones||Why is one sibling’s AncestryDNA results different from another’s? If we share the same parents and grandparents, how can our tests show something different? Mike Tones explains the science behind genealogical genetics and what it means for our gene||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean15: Denis Ledoux from the Memoir Network on How to Grow as a Memoir Professional||Listen as we talk about using workshops, coaching, editing, and memoir ghostwriting to build our life story writing business.||5/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean14: Tom Cormier of Legacy Tales||Tom shares tips he has learned on how to scale up life story and personal history business by using the "one to many" approach.||4/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean13: Getting Personal||In this episode, we explore the question of how much we can and should share about ourselves with our clients and potential clients. What are the professional boundaries? And should they sometimes be breached?||4/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean12: International Ghostwriter Derek Lewis||Derek shares how to find clients for life story writers and other personal historians, giving us a behind-the-scenes peek at his marketing strategies||4/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean11: How to Price Your Personal History Project||It's the first question a potential client asks: How much does it cost? And it's one of the hardest to answer. There are lots of ways to determine the price of a project; in this episode, I share with you how I do it, and I give you a few suggestions (a||4/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean10: Author and Save the Cat! Expert C. David Milles||C. David Milles runs through Blake Snyder's popular screenwriting methodolgy known as Save the Cat! We discuss the beat sheet, transformation machine, and other elements of story structure, and how they can help us find our client's story.||4/2/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean9: Archivist Margot Note||Are your clients drowning in years' worth of photos, papers, and other family history mementos? Learn tips on how to help them get their archives in order the way the professionals do it. Archivist Margot Note has 19 years of experience in working with||3/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean8: How to Conduct a Great Initial Sales Call, part 2||Last episode, we discussed what an ideal initial sales call looks like; today, we'll take a look at how a recent sales call played out, including what went right and what didn't.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean7: How to Conduct a Great Initial Sales Call, part 1||Someone has contacted you about doing their life story, but you're not sure what to say at your initial meeting? Tune in to learn how I prepare for these crucial first meetings with clients.||3/14/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean6: Interview with Marketing Specialist Dhyan Atkinson||Want to find clients for your personal history business? Join us for a talk with nationally-recognized Dhyan Atkinson, who has made coaching and teaching personal historians her specialty for over 16 years.||3/5/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean5: Interview with ghostwriter Tim Vandehey||Amy talks to ghostwriter Tim Vandehey about his work and how it overlaps with the legacy books personal historians write. Highlights include: the power of referrals; bringing a sense of mission to your client’s book; getting the voice right; how outli||2/24/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean4: Interview with author and improv coach Chad Elliot||We talk to Seattle improv coach Chad Elliot on how the techniques for learning improv can improve our overall communication skills, and help us to conduct better interviews with our life story clients.||1/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean3: How to conduct a great interview||From recording setup to active listening skills, we'll cover everything you need to consider before you sit down to interview your personal history client.||1/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2: Interview with Read This When I'm Dead author Annie Presley||Annie Presley talks about marketing her series of life story workbooks||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1: What is Personal History?||Learn about a growing trend in the field of memoir-writing: people hiring professionals to record their life stories.||1/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Great advice from great sources
The first I've seen of it's kind -- an excellent source for breaking into the business
I am loving this brand new podcast! Annie Presley and Amy Woods Butler are a delight to listen to! Annie Presley talks about her series of life story workbooks, the Read This series. The first book, Read This When I’m Dead, caught my interest right away. I can’t wait to read it. Thanks Annie and Amy-my dog got a much longer walk than usual because I wanted to keep listening!
Just what I was looking for.
Starting something new is always daunting. I had this idea to write people's life stories for them as a small business but didn't really know how to get started. I even had no idea there were other people out there doing this already. Then I discovered the LSC podcast - WOW! So helpful and entertaining too. Thanks Amy - you're the best! Keep them coming.:)