Writing, Editing, and Book Designing Services

The following services are available as part of every book project. You and I will work together to determine what works best with your plans. Cost of your project will be based on which services you need and how much will be provided. Packages begin at $100 plus printing costs from $10.95. (Printing costs are set by printer Blurb.com).

Need only a little help or exploring other options for recording your family story? I am also happy to assist you by offering these services on an a la carte basis. I can handle your self-publishing or other text-heavy project. Review my pricing and for the best estimate of costs, contact me for a free quote or gift cards.

Memory Organizing 

We all have them: the boxes, cameras, and other devices full of pictures, papers, and other mementos just waiting to be organized. Your life is busy, so projects like these too often get placed on the back-burner. "I'll get to it," we say. "Some day." I can help make that day come sooner. Whether you plan to make a Rooted in Story book, scrapbook, or simply want to pass these family treasures on to the rest of the family, I can help you get organized: scanning photos and documents, matching names and dates on photos, helping you choose the best way to preserve your memories, and getting it done.


Have no time for typing? Is it easier to write your stories by hand or record them? Not a problem! I can quickly and accurately transcribe your stories from paper or audio/video recordings. Plus, fees are based on the number of words in your text, so you never have to worry about your handwriting or my typing speed. (But it's pretty quick!)

I accept handwritten copies or typed versions with no digital copy. While I hope that you can be as legible as possible, know that I will work with you to get the text exactly as you intend. Digital recordings (mp3 format) are preferred, but I can accept regular-size cassette tapes, CDs, VHS, DVD, or Blu-ray. Not sure what you have? Just email or call, and every attempt will be made to accommodate you.

All transcription services come with free proofreading.


After all that time spent gathering together important memories and family stories, you want them to look their best. That means accurate spelling, grammar & punctuation, and no typos! Whether you provide a completely typed copy of your stories or stacks of handwritten notes, I will make sure that your text is as error free as possible. Fees for proofreading are charged by the hour and free with all transcription services.

Copy Editing

I want your text to shine, not only because it is grammatically correct, but because it is clear and polished. Get your stories across with a style that helps the reader of your book cry or laugh along with you. Copy editing gives your text that shine everyone will enjoy as they read your words. Whether text needs basic attention, some heavy reworking, or anywhere in between, I can help with style, clarity, and above all, communicating your meaning with readers.


Unsure about what to write or how to craft your stories? Let me take your ideas, notes, data, interview material, and the like and weave it into a flowing narrative. I love to tell stories and can help you tell yours. 


Are you missing a piece of your family's history and not sure where to look? I can aid you in your search. RiS is not a genealogical service, but I can put my research experience to work to help you complete your small project or RiS book.


If you prefer to tell your stories or have a family member that cannot easily put their thoughts to paper, RiS also offers one-hour interview sessions. Each session will be digitally recorded, which you can keep in mp3 or CD format. I can transcribe the interview or write up portions for your book. A discount is offered for multiple interviews or longer sessions.

Book Design and Publishing

If all your text is exactly as you want it and you just need someone to design your book, put it together, and publish it for you, then this service is for you. RiS specializes in layouts that combine text and images, so your book will turn out beautiful as well as informative. I use Blurb.com's software and services to design and publish your book. No worries about learning new software or interacting with unfamiliar websites. I take care of all that for you.