What's a Raconteur?

rac·on·teur
/ˌräˌkänˈtər/

A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way; a storyteller; a narrator

FAQ

Frequently asked Questions

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  • Can I talk to someone who has worked with Raconteur?

    Absolutely! Many of our storytellers are happy to share about their stress-free interviews and informative, professional finished products. Please call and request references.

  • Can Raconteur write books about people who have already died?

    Yes. We call these books tribute books. In order to write a tribute book about someone who has passed away, we interview those who knew him or her best, such as spouses, siblings, parents, relatives, and friends.

  • Can Raconteur write books about people who have major health concerns or dementia?

    Yes. If a subject is still able to communicate effectively, we will send a writer to interview him or her directly. If a subject has communication or memory struggles, we will interview those who know him or her best. These verbal interviews with siblings, spouses, children, and other loved ones often piece together the information we need to write the book.

  • Can Raconteur write one book about two people?

    If two individuals' lives intertwine heavily—such as a couple married for 50 years—then we suggest creating a single life story book with alternating narration.

    To see an example of a couples’ life story book, click here.

  • How can I find out more about Raconteur?

    You can further explore our website, especially the press and blog pages. You can also give us a call or request references. 

  • How long will it take Raconteur to get in touch with me?

    We will be in touch as soon as possible. We usually reach out within one week. Should you want to speak with someone immediately, give us a call right away.

  • I don't know if my life story is interesting enough for a book. What do I do?

    We have never come across an uninteresting life story book subject. Instead, we have discovered that every life is unique and that memories are held dear by loved ones. Thus, your book will be interesting and special for you and your family. In addition, our interview questions help unearth your most compelling memories.

  • Where is Raconteur located?

    Raconteur is based in Lafayette, Louisiana. However, Raconteur writers often travel to meet subjects nationwide or conduct interviews via Zoom.

  • Why should I contact Raconteur?

    Although we strive to make our website as informative as possible, we realize that not every question can be answered here. We invite you to email or call us.

  • Why should I preserve my story?

    Every individual lives a uniquely compelling life. An African proverb says, "Every time an old man dies, a library burns." By preserving stories in a life story or tribute book, you effectively save one-of-a-kind books of memories that will inform and inspire present and future generations.

  • Why should Raconteur write on my behalf?

    For those who don't consider themselves writers or who have never written a book-length work, the idea of documenting an entire lifetime can be daunting. Some Raconteur subjects have toiled with the dream or task of preserving their stories for upwards of 40 years. Then, when Raconteur steps in, the intimidating project turns into a guided journey that only requires the subject to participate in verbal interviews, locate photographs, and review the manuscript.

  • Do I pay in full or in installments?

    Most of our clients pay in three installments: the deposit due before the first interview, half of the total estimated price at the conclusion of the interviews, and the remaining balance prior to reviewing their manuscript.

  • How do I pay?

    You can pay via check, bank transfer, PayPal, or cash.

  • How much does it cost to order extra books?

    Every book is different in page count and size, which affects the cost. In general, hardcover heirloom book copies cost between $15 and $25.

  • How much do life story books cost?

    Life story books are catered to individual needs. There is no one size fits all. In order to assess how extensive of a life story you or your loved one will need, we must receive a filled-out quote request form or speak on the phone. After reviewing the form or having a brief conversation, we will be able to provide a cost estimate.

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The subject(s) of the book will communicate their story to a writer
The subject(s) of the book has passed away and other loved ones will relay their story to the writer
The subject(s) of the book has written pieces of their life story, but needs a writer to add to and refine the work for publication
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