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Want to make your living as a writer? Love listening to other people’s life stories? Tune in for advice on the craft and business of personal history, the growing field of recording memoirs and family histories for paying clients.

The Life Story Coach Amy Woods Butler, Personal Historian and Life Story Writer

    • Business
    • 4.6 • 33 Ratings

Want to make your living as a writer? Love listening to other people’s life stories? Tune in for advice on the craft and business of personal history, the growing field of recording memoirs and family histories for paying clients.

    Sex, Intimacy, and Life Story Books

    Sex, Intimacy, and Life Story Books

    Karin Jones believes sex and intimacy are a big part of our lives, and she challenges personal historians to gently explore this topic with their storytelling clients.
    Links & Stuff Karin's controversial article appeared in New York Times' "Modern Love" column. "What Sleeping About Married Men Taught Me About Infidelity"
    Find Karin Jones' bimonthly column, "Savvy Love," at the Erotic Review Magazine, or on her Savvy Love blog at https://www.savvy-love.com/blog.
    Follow Karin on Twitter: @mskarinjones
    Curious about Esther Perel? Read about her fascinating story.

    • 50 min
    Audio Life Stories with Gloria Nussbaum of Real to Real, Part 2

    Audio Life Stories with Gloria Nussbaum of Real to Real, Part 2

    Gloria's website: https://www.real-to-reel.org/
    Gloria's Equipment List

    • 28 min
    Audio Life Stories with Gloria Nussbaum of Real to Real

    Audio Life Stories with Gloria Nussbaum of Real to Real

    Gloria's website:https://www.real-to-reel.org/
     

    • 32 min
    Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts, Part 2

    Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts, Part 2

    Illustrated Heirloom Books, and What Goes into Creating Them In this episode, we're going back to the first part of our conversation with Lisa Kagan.
    As an artist and writer, Lisa is fascinated by the intersection of visual art and storytelling. She brings all her gifts to bear on the illustrated heirloom books her company produces, allowing the clients a chance to become intimately involved in the creation of the words and images of their life story book.
    She also talks about:
    connecting to her community as an artist and creative, and how that has helped her organically grow her business contracting other personal history professionals for editing, book design, production, and more the elements of her initial sales conversations If you missed the first part of our conversation, where Lisa talks about her workshops and retreats, you can find that here.
    Links & Stuff Family Heirloom Arts Website
     
    Book Designer Emily Garcia
     
    Workshop Offerings
     
    Upcoming September Retreat: Self Portrait of the Inner Landscape, Exploring Personal Mythology Through Writing and Mask Making

    • 36 min
    Workshops with Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts

    Workshops with Lisa Kagan of Family Heirloom Arts

    Workshops serve clients and creatives, and help to build a personal history business Family Heirloom Arts offers the usual range of services to its personal history clients: interviewing, writing, editing, photo management. But its founder and owner, Lisa Kagan, takes things a step further by inviting clients to create their own personalized artwork to illustrate their books.
    That's just one of the things that makes Family Heirloom Arts unique. In this interview, we talk about:
    Lisa's roster of workshops and retreats, and how she leverages established organizations such as the library to market them the difference between outcome-based and process-based workshops and retreats how fans of her workshops sometimes turn into personal history clients a good place to start if you're just getting going with workshops We also talked about Family Heirloom Art's upcoming weekend retreat, Self Portrait of the Inner Landscape: Exploring Personal Mythology Through Writing and Mask Making
    Links & Stuff Family Heirloom Arts Website
     
    Workshop Offerings
     
    Upcoming September Retreat: Self Portrait of the Inner Landscape, Exploring Personal Mythology Through Writing and Mask Making

    • 35 min
    Write a Local Column to Market Your Business, with Lisa Lombardi O'Reilly

    Write a Local Column to Market Your Business, with Lisa Lombardi O'Reilly

    Marketing with a local newspaper column and more Lisa Lombard O'Reilly of Your Stories Written joins us for a conversation about personal history. Listen as we discuss:
    Lisa's experience writing her dad's life story book using Kindle Direct Publishing for cheap proof copies and supplying friends with print-on-demand books Lisa's monthly column on personal history for Coastal View, a local print publication Lisa approached the publisher of Coastal View after attending a workshop given by Annie Payne, a colleague out of Australia. Annie gave expert advice on mastering your community and becoming the go-to personal historian.
    Lisa also talked about being featured on a blog post by a woman with an historical press. Clairitage Press specializes in local history, with titles written by Karen Dustman. Read the article here or here.
    If you want more ideas about writing local history, check out Episode 47 with Patricia Hamilton.
    Links & Stuff Find Lisa Lombari O'Reilly at her website, Your Stories Written

    • 38 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

Plum Lovelace ,

Incredibly helpful and practical podcast!

I recently discovered Amy’s podcast and feel so grateful that I did! Amy interviews all different types of personal historians about their businesses, and her guests are very generous and open about all aspects of their work. It is truly helpful and practical for someone like me who is considering this field as a new career. Thank you!

Kimberlieann ,

Fabulous Resource

Amy Woods Butler has created a podcast that shines light on the path for those coming behind her in this industry. She is engaging...asking all the questions you are wanting to know the answers to while keeping the show fun and interesting! Thank you Amy for this gift!

julesann72 ,

Always interesting

A very well done podcast. Amy Woods Butler is a pro. I listen to many, many podcasts and Amy has a real gift. Amazing to me the number of “big time” podcast hosts who love hear themselves talk and the guests can’t get a word in edge-wise. They could all use a lesson from Amy! She asks great questions and draws out engaging, interesting answers from her guests. I love the variety of guests and I always learn something new.

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