When you tell your story, you have a chance to react to persons, places, ideas and events that had an impact on your life. Explaining, expressing and telling your story in a book gives you the space to say what is in your heart.
Writing your memoir gives you the freedom to say what you think, what you dreamed of, and express how you feel about the way things turned out, all in your own voice. You have much to teach those you love and they have much to learn from you. Even non- writers should try to assemble some sort of memoir to leave a record of their lives and accomplishments for their descendants.
Holocaust survivors write their memoirs for a different reason. They transfer their memories to pages for eternity, enshrining the souls of their martyred families, whether leather-bound masterpieces, stapled sheets of paper or e-books. They are keeping the promise they made to those they left behind, the promise to tell the tale of what happened There. Those who take on this serious mission refuse to break that promise, no matter how challenging and painful it can be. The promise becomes “the book,” a portable yet permanent headstone; one to be carefully read and dearly treasured by family and friends, one to be studied by historians and students.
Your children, grandchildren and friends want to know who you are and where you came from—and they want to know what you know about your parents and grandparents and their lives. They want to know what shaped your life and made you the person you are.
Unlike videos, DVDs, words on paper and on screen link to the brain through a process that somehow goes deep into the soul of the reader. A book is something special, something to cherish, to hand down to your children, from generation to generation, whether it’s on paper or on an e-reader.
When she finished her remarkable manuscript, My Life, My Way, Eta Wrobel, of blessed memory, said, “A person’s stories belong to the future. That’s how memories live on and your descendants remember you. Write. That’s how you find peace of mind.”
The Wordsmithy is a service for writers who want someone to help edit, publish and promote their books. See our photo album for examples of some of the books we wrote, edited and/or published. If you want to know more, contact us at [email protected].
Most of our books are biographies written by older people to tell their descendants who they are, where they came from, and give them a sense of their family history. Many also leave what they call an ethical will at the end of the book, leaving their thoughts about the future. But that is not all we do. We have done a variety of books, in a number of "categories," including academia and pop culture--from celebrity bios to New York night life, we cover it all.
We also specialize in Jewish history and Judaic Studies. We have worked with scholars and academics on a wide range of articles and books. Check out our portfolio.
Whether it's a book or a business proposal, a report, a formal letter, a promotional brochure, or copy for your website, we engage your readers and get their attention. That's what matters.
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Jeanette Friedman and Phil Sieradski