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Become a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business Paperback – Color, 2012

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This book vividly describes the satisfactions and challenges of a new type of business: helping older clients capture their life stories in published memoirs that become cherished family heirlooms. Based on the author's long firsthand experience working with elders as a memoirist and gerontological nurse, Become a Memoirist for Elders is written in an easy-to-read narrative style and offers a wealth of interesting stories and useful examples. In its pages, personal historian Mary Tyrrell shares invaluable advice on working with elders, conducting interviews, composing memoirs, and creating and maintaining a successful memoir business with minimal financial investment. Learn how you can do the same through the experience and wisdom of a respected pioneer in this burgeoning new industry. I. Memoirs® Imprint of Memoirs, Inc.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Memoirs, Inc.; 1st edition (2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615462138
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615462134
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Svensson on February 3, 2012
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In, Become a Memoirist for Elders, Mary O'Brien Tyrrell has shared her knowledge and joy as a meomorist in book form for other `would-be-memoirists'. This is not a `fill-in-the-blanks' book, rather a comprehensive look into the business of becoming a memoirist that includes the whys, how's, and what's in the life of a memoirist. Most people who write their memoirs are older, so the beginning chapter discusses issues related to aging that may affect the interview and work with an elder. Secondly, the skills necessary for interviewing are explained as well as how to morph those various stories into a coherent, complete, life story. The chapter on `How to start your own business' is detailed and lists all the steps necessary from time management to writing a business plan. The consummate professional, O'Brien Tyrrell includes one entire chapter on the `ethics' of memoirists. This includes discussion in family dynamics, trauma and loss, confidentiality and legal issues. These are the essentials for anyone working with the life stories of clients. The final chapter expresses the `joy' a memoirist experiences when the book is complete and the book-signing parties happen. For everyone who has had the urge to get that life story recorded, this is the book to not only tell you how to do it, but expresses the joy found in doing it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to capture and preserve life stories.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Anita Curtis Reyes, MA, MS on February 4, 2012
I have been helping folks put together their own life story books for years, yet I found Mary O'Brien Tyrrell's book extremely helpful. If you are--or want to be--a personal historian or an autobiographer, this book is chock full of wisdom, down-to-earth advice and step by step instructions. The guidelines for setting up, marketing and operating your business will save you many hours of research and help you avoid common mistakes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Richard F on November 30, 2011
If you are considering the memoririst profession...or if you simply want to record the stories of your own family, this is a must read. Mary provides easy to follow yet comprehensive steps and she speaks from great experience. Mary has provided many many people with the lasting gift of a parent's (or other elder's) life story. I am one of those many people. And now Mary provides the path for others to do what she has done.

I hope you enjoy reading Mary's work as much as I did.

Richard F.
St Paul, MN
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Book Worm on April 6, 2012
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This is the second book I've read on this topic and both have been excellent. Mary's book provides specific advice and information to help others understand what it's like to be a memoirist for elders. She allows us to learn from her successes and her failures, although I think there haven't been many of the latter. Her writing style is interesting and engaging. The depth of her knowledge is obvious, and her passion for memoir writing is contagious.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marcia W. Scaggs on May 29, 2012
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"Become A Memorist for Elders" is a wonderful reference and guide for anyone considering writing and recording legacy stories as a profession. Easy to read but you'll want to take your time and take notes. It is one print book that you will want to keep handy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dottie Lou on April 12, 2013
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I chose this rating because the book was so instructive for anyone doing biographical research and writing as an entrepreneur. It takes the reader step by step through all of the things to consider when eliciting biographical information from the elderly and makes one aware of the rewards present and future for documenting a life. Very important, though, was the "how to" of the business of being a memoirist for the elders.
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