Your Life in Book Form
How this works:
- Your book will be written chapter by chapter.
- Each chapter will be a minimum of 3,000 words long. The fee per chapter, even if we run over 3,000 words, is $500.
- You provide the facts of your life story by answering questions. It’s easy to do because I ask all the questions. If there are questions you’d rather not answer, you can just skip them.
- Your answers or notes don’t have to be written any special way. Just write what you feel and tell what happened. Don’t worry at all about spelling, punctuation, or grammar. If you don’t have any notes, no problem. All I’ll need to get started will be your answers to a few questions.
- Before I start to work on each chapter, I’ll request a deposit of half the amount: $250, payable online by credit card. You can pay by check if you prefer.
- Each chapter will take me two weeks or less to write the first draft.
- I’ll send you the first draft by email for your inspection and corrections. At that time, I’ll bill you for the remaining $250.
- You can make corrections, changes, or additions to the chapter as you wish, providing you don’t start the entire chapter over again.
- I’ll send you a second draft for your inspection within two or three days.
- Then you can go over the second draft, make changes, and send them to me. I’ll send you a third draft as soon as possible.
- You can stop the process at the end of any chapter. There is no minimum number of chapters required.
- When your book is completely finished, I’ll proofread the entire manuscript without extra charge.
- You own the copyright to your book. You receive 100% of any profits you might make from sales of your finished book. You own 100% of any future movie rights.
- Any published version of your memoir should list my name on the cover, below your name and in smaller letters, either “With Lilian Duval” or “As Told to Lilian Duval.” A short bio about Lilian Duval must appear after the end of your book or within the first pages.
After starting my memoir, it was a long six years before I returned to write this book. The reason for this was an unexpected letter which I received by e-mail from an amazing woman, whose name Lilian Duval and who decided to help me. She is my assistant in this project.
She is writer by herself and her style of writing I like very much. I would write the same way if I were as free speaking in English as in Russian. Lilian is the author of the critically acclaimed novel You Never Know, published in 2011 (www.lilianduval.com). Both she and her husband are survivors of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. They sent all three of their children to Juilliard, and Lilian herself is an amateur classical guitarist, deeply devoted to music. Lilian and her husband were our guests at Music Mountain on Aug.21, 2011.
I am very glad that she agreed to help me gather my scattered thoughts and memories into something organized. — Alla Aronovskaya, first violinist of the St. Petersburg String Quartet, Kansas, August 2011.