What's a Raconteur?

rac·on·teur
/ˌräˌkänˈtər/

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

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10 Questions To Ask Your Grandparents

October 13, 2021 | Published by
I grew up across the street from my grandparents and saw them every day. I considered our relationships very close. However, after they passed away, I realized I had let time slip away without asking some very important questions. It turned out I didn’t know anything about their early years—those...
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Biographies and Memoirs You Should Read

May 31, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
(That Will Inspire You to Put Your Own Down on Paper)November 2, 2018 | Olivia SavoieAll of us have a story inside. And a story worth telling, too. But if we don’t have experience with writing a book-length work, the task can be terrifying. That’s why we professional life story writers at Raconteur Story Writing Services recommend you read the incredible autobiographies and memoirs listed below. Pay close attention to their craft, writing... Read more.

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Driving a Bus Through Hurricane Betsy

September 18, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Towards the end of our interview time, we ask a series of reflective questions, such asWhat is a time you did something spontaneous? What were some of the most frightening moments of your life? What is an example of a time you surprised yourself? When asked those questions, one storyteller had a REMARKABLE story to tell. A story about a time he did something spontaneous and frightening and surprised himself. A time that even 50 years late... Read more.

Finding an Affordable Ghostwriter You Can Trust

Finding an Affordable Ghostwriter You Can Trust

May 31, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Finding an Affordable Ghostwriter You Can Trust:Advice on What to Look For and AvoidDo you have a phenomenal life story to tell? Maybe you know the intrinsic value and inspiration your life story can cast on your loved ones. Maybe you want to preserve your life and legacy in a book that will outlast your lifetime. But maybe putting pen to paper is harder than you thought.Perhaps you have dreamed of hiring a ghostwriter to write your life ...
Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

Give A Gift That Keeps On Giving

December 02, 2020 | Published by
Our life story books are the perfect gift for anyone, but especially for your hard-to-buy-for loved ones who already seem to have everything they need. We have found that even those who seem to have everything they need are still missing a life story book. A life story book makes a great birthday, Christmas, anniversary, or other holiday gift. Life story books are often given from grandchildren to grandparents, from children to parents, f...
How to Hire a Life Story Writer (AKA a Memoir Writer, Biographer, or Ghostwriter) – Tips and What to Expect

How to Hire a Life Story Writer (AKA a Memoir Writer, Biographer, or Ghostwriter) – Tips and What to Expect

May 31, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
March 8, 2019 | Olivia Savoie1. What is the difference between a life story writer, a memoir writer, a biographer, and a ghostwriter? A life story writer can be a memoir writer, biographer, or both; it is an all-encompassing term. A memoir writer writes about certain aspects of a life or a whole life, but in a less intensive way than a biographer would. For example, our writers write memoirs from the storyteller’s...
Memorial Day Tribute 2021

Memorial Day Tribute 2021

May 30, 2021 | Published by
A Tribute to Eldridge Michael Brunet1947-1967This Memorial Day, we honor the son of one of our storytellers.Eldridge Michael Brunet was born on February 13, 1947, the second of Ruby and Dolores Brunet’s 11 children. He grew up just outside of Houma, Louisiana. Eldridge was a sweet-spirited young man who loved God and music. He was always looking to help someone in need. He was the only Brunet child who took after his father’s love for mus...
Quotes about Memoir Writing and Storytelling

Quotes about Memoir Writing and Storytelling

May 12, 2020 | Published by
“Memoirs are the backstairs of history.” –George Meredith “Inside each of us is a natural-born storyteller, waiting to be released.” –Robin Moore “Memories too often die with their owner, and time too often surprises us by running out.” –William Zinsser “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” –Philip Pullman “God gave us memory so that we might ha...
Reasons to Preserve Your Life Story in a Book

Reasons to Preserve Your Life Story in a Book

May 31, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
October 24, 2018 | Olivia SavoieMany of us rush through our day to day, hardly reflecting on the past. But it’s the sum of your past days that equate to the person you are today. By recollecting those days, you can learn more about yourself. In turn, your loved ones can learn about you too. One way to explore your history is to write your memoir. There are plenty of reasons to preserve your life story. Reasons to Preserve Y...
Stories Before Success

Stories Before Success

April 19, 2021 | Published by Olivia Savoie
How commissioning Raconteur to write your parents’ life story in a book will teach you things you didn’t know about them.Many times, successful men and women’s professional endeavors are well known by their families, but their most personal, meaningful memories—those that explore what made them who they are—are not. Our life story writers pen biographies that endeavor to change that. We have encountered a prosperous real estate investor w...
Timeless Love Stories: Part I

Timeless Love Stories: Part I

December 27, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Timeless Love Stories: Part I In most every Raconteur life story book, we document the first star-stopping encounter and following early dating days. Below are a few glimpses into timeless love stories—those that first budded in 1942, 1945, 1949, and 1951—and that flourished for decades since. Ruby and Dolores: 1942 Growing up [on the bayou], I knew older guys who had played the guitar, and I wanted to be like them. So, I ordere...
Tips and Tricks for Amateur Genealogists: Getting Started Discovering Your Ancestry

Tips and Tricks for Amateur Genealogists: Getting Started Discovering Your Ancestry

February 15, 2021 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Are you curious about your family history? Are you ready to dive into the deep rabbit hole of genealogy? Our life story books often include a chapter on the subject’s origins—their ancestry. Sometimes, the subject provides existing ancestral resources to our writers, but other times, we do the digging ourselves. Along the way, we have learned some tips and tricks that may help you get started on the exciting journey of discovering your fa...
What makes Raconteur stand out as the Premier Life Story Writing Company?

What makes Raconteur stand out as the Premier Life Story Writing Company?

September 03, 2021 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Choosing to hire a life story writer is an important decision. The writer you choose will take your verbal interviews and craft a narrative that will become your legacy. The choice should not be taken lightly.  When it comes to choosing a private biographer to work with, here’s why Raconteur stands out:  1. One-On-One Relationships With Raconteur, you will get a one-on-one experience with one writer who you can truly c...
What to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Life Story

What to Keep in Mind When Writing Your Life Story

June 28, 2019 | Published by Olivia Savoie
Everyone has a story inside of them. The question is, how do you condense sixty, seventy, eighty, or even ninety plus years into one memoir? How do you sort through the stockpiles of memories and select the ones that will create the most poignant, meaningful biography? And if you don’t consider yourself a creative writer, how do you proceed?         As a professional life story writer for hire and author of dozens of l...
Writing a Life Story Book: 6 Benefits for the Storyteller

Writing a Life Story Book: 6 Benefits for the Storyteller

July 17, 2020 | Published by Olivia Savoie
There are a lot of great reasons to preserve your life story in a book revolving around the benefit of others. Some include history preservation, informing your family about your experiences, and inspiring present and future generations of your family. But there are also a lot of great reasons to preserve your life story that directly impact you—the storyteller.   1. Recollecting happy memories will positively impact your mood. ...

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