Scheduling and Resources

Congratulations on moving forward
on your Family Book Done For You project! 

Whether it’s you or your parents who are the main storytellers for your book, this page is the place to schedule Family Book Work Sessions, make book style selections, schedule interviews, and upload your photos and documents. 

What happens next?

STEP 1

Schedule your first Family Book Work Session.

STEP 2

Choose your Book Style and Options.

STEP 3

Schedule your Interview(s).

STEP 4

Download, print, complete, and return the Life Story Questionnaire and Family Tree Chart documents located in Resources below. 

STEP 5

Upload your photos and documents.

If you've got questions during the process, feel free to reach out to our Family Movie Story Books Support Team.

Step 1: Family Book Work Sessions

general information

Family Book Work Sessions are scheduled 30 minute time slots when you and your book’s storytellers meet with a family book expert like an interviewer, writer, or designer. Each project includes a number of Family Book Work Sessions.

Schedule: Family Book Work Sessions

Select a day and a time on the Calendar below marked Family Book Work Session. 

Initially we recommend you first schedule a Work Session to discuss and define your book. Then schedule one or more interviews after that. 

Because your book is a visual medium, Family Book Work Sessions are best conducted online on Zoom or other provided video platforms. Some work session activity can be conducted by phone but it’s not ideal.

Work Sessions start and end promptly at the scheduled time. If you’re late or need to leave early, that 30 minute time slot is still scheduled for you and can’t be made up some other time. Work Sessions can only be extended at the discretion of the book expert. They  likely have other scheduled work sessions after yours. 

You can reschedule your work session with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Just open up the email confirmation you received and click “Reschedule”.

Additional Family Book Work Sessions can be purchased separately if you need more than your package includes. 

To prepare for your Family Book Work Session, it’s wise to have fingertip access to your materials, have open on your device any drafts or links you might have received. Be in a quiet place where you won’t be disturbed. You can invite other family members to your work sessions if you feel they can contribute constructively. As a general rule: More people equals more time and less productivity. 

Another suggestion is to take notes during your Family Book Work Session so that you’ll recall what story details and/or images you’re in charge of locating. 

Step 2: Book Styles & Colors

general information

Book Styles give you a way to determine the feel and look of your Family Book Done For You. 

Pick Style

Click to go to our Book Style Choices page. You'll be redirected back here after selection.

Style influences mood, color, typefaces, spacing, image treatment and placement. Choose from three varied styles. 

Step 3: Interviews

general information

Interviews are scheduled time slots when your book’s storyteller meets with our professional interviewer or writer, either via online video or by phone. 

Depending on which package you’ve purchased, you’ll have from two hours to six hours of interviewing time to tell stories, describe characters, and introduce imagery. You can divide up the interview time into one hour or two hour sessions, scheduled at your convenience.

Interviews start and end promptly at the scheduled time. If you’re late or need to leave early, that interview slot is still scheduled for you and can’t be made up some other time.

Schedule: Interviews

Select a day and a time on the Calendar (below) marked Online Interview One Hour or Online Interview Two Hours

Interviews can only be extended at the discretion of the interviewer or write. They likely have other scheduled sessions after yours.

You can reschedule your session with a minimum of 24 hours advance notice. Just open up the email confirmation you received and click “Reschedule”.

It’s normal to want to add more story content to your book even though the included package interview may have been used up. Additional interviews can be purchased.

package interview allotments

The Real Saga: 2 Hours
Our Family Heritage: 4 Hours
The Ancestral Epic: 6 Hours

Purchase Additional Interviews

Click here to purchase additional interviews.

Please note additional interviews don’t include writing, editing, and graphic design.

Request a custom quote for a more complete project costing. 

Step 4: Interview Resources

downloads

As soon as possible download, print, complete the Life Story Questionnaire and the Family Tree Chart for the main character. Return them back to us at least three days before your first interview. Cell phone photos of the documents are fine. 

 

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Step 5: Images

uploads

The visual imagery in your Family Book Done For You is largely going to come from your own photos and historical documents.

Hit the button below to go to our Upload Photos and Documents page and to share with our designers the imagery for your book. 

Extras

artistic upgrades

There’s always more to do on great works of art . . . they’re never really done!  To give you added possibilities upgrade your package with these deluxe services. 

Faq's

Yes, we can interview anyone else who can help tell your family stories. It could be your grandparents, aunt, uncle, cousins or others. Additional interview and writing charges would apply. Additional book design charges would also apply to include the new interview text in your book.

Most interviews take at least an hour to obtain useful and interesting story text. Our packages include enough time for one or two people to be interviewed. Some people have good days and bad days so multiple interview dates helps you get the most complete story gathering.

All of our books are designed as 10” x 8” either portrait or landscape. Additional book sizes and orientations are available. We’ve also got several styles of design that you can choose from which will be shared with you once you’ve ordered your package.

Yes upon completion of the design, you’ll own the full rights to the book and its content. If you plan on selling the book please let us know at the beginning of the process so we can help you review copyright issues and release Family Movie Story Books from any liability.

If you’re the person arranging the project for your parents, you may need to remain involved in the project, depending on how techi your parents are. For example, you may need to help with uploading digital images, reviewing text before the book is designed, or reviewing versions of the designed book.

We have several beautiful book design templates that you can choose from. Each one has different colors, typefaces, treatments and styles.