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Your Life is Your Story, Issue #043 – Family History Publishing
July 30, 2007

"Your past is your story up to now. The future is the story yet to come. The present is where you live with that experience, your hopes and your dreams."

Your Life is Your Story Newsletter

July 30, 2007
Issue #043 – Family History Publishing

From Tom Gilbert – Editor and Writer,

In this Issue:

Opening remarks: Summarizing Summer
Featured Article: Family History Publishing
Resources You Can Use: MemoryPress, Soleil Lifestory Highlight

Opening Remarks: Summarizing Summer

The summer months are rolling along. Can you believe it is nearly August? Soon another summer will be a memory. What memories are you preserving?

I’ve been quite busy with many projects. I’m not as far along on some of them as I’d like, but I know that steady progress is important. It is good to keep the end goals in mind, but the process is where we get the work done.

The Family Learn Company has revised and updated their memory book product with many new improvements and a new name. In this month’s issue I tell you more about family history publishing using the exciting MemoryPress to create wonderful memory books to commemorate whatever family history you desire, from weddings and graduations to life memoirs and life stories.

Thank you for the opportunity to present another ezine issue to you. Feel free to email me with questions and comments. I welcome the feedback.

You are receiving this e-zine because you signed up for it or someone who is subscribed passed it along to you. If a friend DID forward this to you consider subscribing by visiting our signup page . Also, let me know what you’d like to see more of in this newsletter – simply reply to this email e-zine.

While the main focus of this newsletter is to share thoughts, ideas, and insights on life story writing you should know that I offer various services and also mention some products and services that can be helpful. You are under no obligation to purchase anything, but if any of these products or services are helpful and you decide to utilize them then I am most grateful.

Thanks for reading. – Tom

Featured Article: Family History Publishing

Writing your stories and preserving them is a worthy goal I am constantly encouraging others to do.

It is something I am engaged in personally, too. I’ve done a tribute book for my daughter after her High School graduation. I am helping my in-laws with a book they will do about their life together (their 50th wedding anniversary is next year). And I am also engaged in helping a couple I know do a wedding tribute book.

The process of any of these projects includes interviewing, discussion, collecting photographs, and writing, revising and ultimately publishing their special stories.

When it comes to family history publishing there are numerous avenues to pursue. My experience is that many people are looking for a way to do that which is affordable and guides them along the process. Working with a personal historian, such as myself, can be integral, but whether you can afford to do that or not, the MemoryPress option (formerly the iMemoryBook) can produce for you a beautifully printed and bound book.

Family Learn is the company that created the MemoryPress memory book product. It is worth considering for a number of good reasons.

1) You build your story with a password protected online site. The site has multiple backups so you can be assured that your work will be preserved and protected.

2) Your project can be ongoing. When you build your story through the MemoryPress site you can continue to edit and update it, even after you’ve published it.

3) The online help and customer service department (via phone and email assistance) is outstanding.

4) There are video tutorials.

5) You can both customize your book and/or use provided templates.

6) The process walks you through how to create your family history. There are examples of others’ work. You can find and use a personal historian to assist you.

7) And it is affordable. You can get started for just $50!

The improvements made to Family Learn’s MemoryPress memory book product are significant. But they aren’t resting on their laurels. They continue to work and improve their product.

I highly encourage you to check out the MemoryPress memory book product. Take a tour here. Read my article on MemoryPress. Write or phone me with questions - here’s my contact information. Perhaps we will collaborate on your special project.

Make a commitment to preserve the stories of your life to share with future generations. And, trust me; the process will also be a journey well worth taking. You will learn much about the story of you and your family and friends.

You can read other articles on life-story writing here.

Resources You Can Use


As mentioned in our featured article, the MemoryPress memorybook is professional, easy to use and affordable. Find out more here.

Soleil Lifestory Highlight

Denis Ledoux's Soleil Lifestory Network ( is a website and business dedicated to turning memories into memoirs.

And it is much more. Ledoux, an accomplished writer, personal historian and instructor is also a sharp businessman. He regularly provides laser-like suggestions and instructions to those interested in working in the field of personal history. Towards that end he offers in-depth workshops at his facility in Maine. He also teaches with teleconferences.

Help for Teachers. Help for Writers.

The Soleil Lifestory Network is the umbrella of the various services, workshops and resources of It is our current Highlight Site here.

Closing Information

That’s it for this month’s issue. Thanks for reading. Be sure to visit our blog regularly, and here’s to telling your story. Do give it some serious consideration because I just know you’ve got a great story to tell! Be sure to see the Get Started section.

Any comments, ideas or feedback is greatly appreciated. Just reply to this ‘zine and tell me what you think!

Until next time, – keep your story alive!

Tom Gilbert

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