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.
||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!
This podcast is entertaining and insightful! I have enjoyed all the episodes, but especially the recent one with Tim Vandehey. Amy does an wonderful job with her guests and the production. I am looking forward to the next episode!