Tasks and Timelines

How Time Is Spent When Creating Your Memoir

I’m often asked why it takes so long to complete a Memoir. Here’s a sample breakdown of how a typical Personal Historian spends time working on a memoir from the time of the interview through manuscript completion.

Sample Task Breakdown – excluding the printing and publishing processes
Category Time Role Performed
Interview 1 hour Interviewer
Transcribing 4-6 hours Transcriptionist
(may be outsourced)
Research 3-4 hours Genealogist
Editing 8 – 10 hours Writer, Editor, Proofreader
(may be outsourced)
Total Hours 15-20 hours
(after interview)

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M-Th 9 - 5 CDT
F 9 - 1 CDT
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