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Stories To Tell: An easy guide to self publishing family history books & memoirs Paperback – September 28, 2010


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  • Paperback: 100 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 28, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453852867
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453852866
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 8.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #796,269 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Nancy Barnes is the founder and managing editor of Stories To Tell Books. As an editor and book designer, she has worked with hundreds of authors to develop their fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. She developed the six step process described in the Stories To Tell Guide to help any author, no matter their level of experience, to enjoy the creative process of planning and developing a book. Visit her author services website at www. StoriesToTellBooks.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Louis P. Solomon on May 26, 2011
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The author has brilliantly set out the steps which are involved in publishing a family history book. There is probably no project that a family can undertake which will have a greater impact on future generations than generating a book which tells the legacy of the family stories and which are passed along from one generation to another, and another, and another, etc. And, it is loads of fun for all the generations concerned. Stories will be discussed which have never been heard by the younger generations. They will marvel at what their elders did.

Imagination, considering the material which is available, taking into account the time involved, are all crucial. Then, the Planning, and how to consider different methods and formats is imperative. Once these initial steps are taken your efforts must be focused on creation of the document, the editing, the design, and eventually the publication of the final product. While I think that reading this magnificent, logical, and carefully thought out book can be read either as a traditional book or as an electronic book, the final product for transmittal across the ages from one generation to another certainly should be in paper with appropriate binding. After all, this book will be a family heirloom for many, many years.

The author, Nancy Barnes is clearly intimately familiar with every step of the process. Her advice is sound and dependable. While I personally use slightly different methods for people who wish to create family legacy books, our methods are virtually identical. I recommend her book without reservations.

Louis P. Solomon, President
Life Echoes - A Family Legacy Book Publishing Service
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This book is well-organized, gives instructions step-by-step, and is well-suited to the beginning writer or for those looking to set their family history down in words for the first time. However, if you are an experienced writer and looking for more information on publishing about your ancestry, I'd say you are better off looking elsewhere. At only 100 pages the book is lacking on content for the price. There are some fill-in charts for organizing your chapters, but to me these are just fluff pages to fill out the book; I already know how to organize my chapters. I was hoping to find innovative information on publishing family histories, but learned nothing I hadn't learned already from the plethora of free information online. Again--great for the beginning writer--but if you're not new to writing, just to writing family history, I would recommend books by Emily Croom and Rebecca McClanahan. For information on venturing into ebooks, Apple's iBooks Author and Kindle's Direct Publishing guides give you great insight on the whole process for free, even if you decide to market your ebook elsewhere.
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This is a great book loaded with ideas, suggestions, examples and instructions of the how to get started with writing and publishing a family history. These people are in the publishing industry and also offer their services for editing and otherwise publishing your story. Students in my writing classes were impressed with it when I used this book as part of a display of my reference books on writing.
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