Storyphile | Your life. Your story. For the people you love.

Step 1. Email or call us to set up a free, no-obligation consultation.

Step 2. Explore your options. (We can help.)

Step 3. Sign a letter of agreement with Storyphile. (We’ll work together to get the details right.)

Step 4. Pay a deposit.

Step 5. Get ready to reminisce.

Storyphile’s business hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mountain Time. We’re closed on weekends and holidays.

If you’d like to book a free consultation, please call or email during business hours.

We can meet or chat with you outside of business hours, but only by appointment.

If you live in the Edmonton area, we meet with you at your home or in a quiet location of your choice.

Yes. Storyphile interviews you and your family members and helps you choose photos from your family albums. Together, we recreate your loved one’s story in a memorial book that celebrates a life well lived.

Yes. In fact, reunions are the perfect place to capture little-known family stories—from old and young alike.

Storyphile can conduct your life story interviews in English or Ukrainian.

Yes. If you live outside Edmonton we can travel to your home. (Mileage rates and travel expenses will apply.) Or we can interview you by phone or on Zoom. There is no additional charge for phone interviews within Canada.

Pricing depends on the number of hours we spend interviewing you and on the choices you make.

Storyphile will custom-design your life story package to suit your budget, and we’ll give you a firm price before any work begins.

  • Our life story packages start as low as $495 for a living obituary.
  • A set of personal interview recordings for a complete life story (10.5 hours of recording) costs $2,700.
  • A one-of-a-kind, well-written book designed by a graphic artist typically starts at $40,000 before printing costs. Printing can range from $15 to $20 per copy of a black-and-white softcover book to $100+ per copy for embossed leather covers.

Telling your life story is an investment in your past—for your future.

Like the TV commercial says, it’s priceless.

Our preferred method of payment is by electronic transfer directly to Storyphile. It’s quick and secure, and we don’t need to exchange any confidential banking details.

We also accept personal cheques (payable to Storyphile). We commence work on your project as soon as your deposit cheque has cleared.

We do not offer payment by credit card or through PayPal.

Our goal is to keep your costs as low as possible. For a small business like ours, offering PayPal or credit options means we’d have to increase our costs by 3% to 7% to cover the fees. We think that’s money better kept in your pocket.

Yes. For most projects, your deposit will be 25% to 50% of the total project cost, depending on the package you choose.

For Storyphile’s special introductory editing package, payment in full is due at the start of the project.

Storyphile is a division of Pentacle Productions. We charge 5% GST for Alberta residents. If you live outside Alberta, the appropriate provincial sales tax (PST) or harmonized sales tax (HST) will be added to your invoice.

Taxes are in addition to the prices quoted on this website.

 

Recording someone’s life story typically takes between 6 and 15 hours of recorded interviews, but it’s different for every person. Storyphile’s standard package is based on 10.5 hours of recording time.

Depending on your schedule, recording a full life story usually takes 10 to 16 weeks from start to finish. We recommend recording 2 or 3 interviews per week over a 4- to 6-week period.

Preparing transcripts of your recorded interviews takes an additional 3 to 8 weeks once your interviews are done.

Turning your interviews into a book typically takes 4 to 6 months.

At Storyphile, we don’t skimp on quality. A custom-designed book based on 10 to 15 hours of interviews can take more than 600 hours to produce.

Once you’ve paid in full, you do. Copyright transfers to you once payment in full has been received.

You approve every draft of your life story—whether it is an audio recording, a transcript, a manuscript or a book. You can say whatever you want to say (as long as it’s not libellous). And you can leave out any aspect of your life you don’t care to talk about.

It’s your life and your story. You are in control of what you want to say.

We love genealogy, put we’re not experts in this field. Except for basic searches of census records and data on ancestry.ca, we can’t help you research your genealogy.

If you’ve done your own family history research or worked with a genealogy specialist, we can help you write up your findings and edit your material.

Writing can be intimidating. For someone who doesn’t do it every day, it can be downright terrifying! And it can be hard for you to find the time to do it.

Working with Storyphile takes the pressure off you.

Writing and editing doesn’t scare us. It’s what we do. You can tell us your story and have us do the work of putting it together for you. We’ll get the job done on time and on budget. You’ll get a high-quality professional product without the pain of doing it yourself.

But if you really like writing, and it isn’t a scary chore, by all means write your own life story.

Just don’t put it off. One day, it will be too late.

“If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday.”

— Pearl S. Buck

“Forever is composed of nows.”

—Emily Dickinson

Granddad shares his life story book with his beaming granddaughter.