These days it’s never been easier to go from manuscript to printed and bound book. The big question is how to do it. The easiest method is to use the software provided at one of the many POD (print on demand) publishers on the net. You follow their templates and voilĂ , you’ve made a book.

But what if you want your book to be special?

What if you don’t want your book to look like
the cookie-cutter designs everyone else is using?

What if you want your book to be an heirloom?

There’s more to designing a book than just dropping your text and images onto a page. To make your book look professional, a keepsake to be passed down through your family, you might want to use a professional book designer. That’s where I step in.

With over 30 years of experience as an award winning book designer I know how to make your work look good. I understand the beauty of type and how to use color and type sizes to make your information easily accessible to your reader. How to place images with text to create eye-catching layouts.

Yes, it’s cheaper to do it yourself, but will it look as good? I know, sometimes cheaper seems better simply because it’s cheaper. What you don’t want is for it to look cheap when what you’re trying to do is create an heirloom.

So if you’re one of those people who have been toying with the idea of self-publishing their genealogy research, but are intimidated by the process, why don’t you drop me a line? Let’s talk family history, your family history, and how to make it unforgettable for your family members in the future.

When compiling your book make sure to add various personal ephemera such as letters and cards that help to tell your family story. Think how much more exciting the book will be with these sort of images included. The extra little odds and ends that make it more than just dry research. You're telling a story and what might look insignificant to you might just be the item that in the future someone holds dear. Yes, even the children's drawings that once hung on the fridge are part of the story.

The books shown here are only examples of what we could create together. This would be a perfect way for you to recognize all your hard work and to share it with others.

Please take a look at the links in the right-hand column.
I've compiled some information you might find helpful when you start visualizing your own family history in book form.