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How it Works


Your Stories. Our Experts.


We create beautiful and personalised heirlooms every single time, with minimal effort on your end.

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How it Works


Your Stories. Our Experts.


We create beautiful and personalised heirlooms every single time, with minimal effort on your end.

1. Your Personal Project Manager:

 
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The moment you opt for a personalised book, you will be assigned a personal Project Manager. They will be at your disposal at all times in case you have questions, and will check in regularly with updates. They also coordinate all the work that goes on behind the scenes (that of your writers, designers, and publisher), and will set up the initial introduction with your Interviewer.

 
 

 

2. Your Interviewer:

 
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Based on what your Project Manager learns about you (your life’s major events and themes), you will carefully be recommended an Interviewer. Our Interviewers are kind, curious and knowledgeable. They are also very respectful of your feelings and privacy, abiding by strict confidentiality policies. He/She will visit you and record you as you enjoy reflecting on your life, prompting you ever so often to keep you on track or to dig further. 

All our Interviewers would have undergone background checks.

We are proud of our methodology here at Plantain. After all, our multilingual directors initially led careers in Psychology and Global Social Research.

For a full life story, your Interviewer will typically sit with you over the course of 8 meetings. That said, our products are fully bespoke, so your story might require fewer, or more, meetings.

We can also organise for online interviews if it best suits the circumstances.

 
 

 

3. Your Writers & Researchers:

 
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Our expert Writers are of the highest quality and bring your memories to life using your own words and tone, all the while placing your story within historical contexts. The aim here is to create an authentic narrative through which your personality shines through and the text reads the way you sound. You can also edit the text, as and when you wish.

Supporting your Writer, an Editor reviews your narrative, bringing fresh insight and clarity. Editing a memoir is very different to editing other texts, as it requires sensitivity to your experiences and feelings. Your Editor also proofreads your text at the end, when you are happy with the content.

One of the perks of working with Plantain is our Research expertise. That’s why our savvy Researchers dedicate some of their time to uncovering genealogical or historical records that can add that extra special touch and help build the framework of your personal story.

 
 

 

4. Design:

 
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The design phase is of utmost importance to us at Plantain and differentiates us from many memoir-writing services out there. We believe that in order for it to resonate with your wider community, your story needs to be shared beautifully.

So, at this stage top-class Designers take over your manuscript,  artfully combining your words with your memorabilia (restored photographs, charts, documents, letters, etc.), and then pair these with fonts, colours, and illustrations that best speak to your character.

Once your text begins to look like a real book, you might want to make changes. In this way your book goes back and forth between us, adjusting for any alterations you may have.

 
 

 

5. Printing:

 
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Your designed book is then reviewed by a proof-reader, who makes sure there are no mistakes in your book. This is then sent back to you and only once you approve this step, we send your story to print. We will explain all your options and dizzying terminologies (hardcover/softcover, digital/offset, perfect binding, section sewn, saddle-stitching, etc.) so that you are involved in this process too if you so choose.

We use the topmost printers in the trade, who print your story on custom paper with a fully personalised cover. The result is a bespoke heirloom, as unique and as beautiful as your story, delivered straight to your doorstep.

 
 

 

Other Services:

 
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 We are frequently asked to assist at various stages of publication by those who have already started the process (editing, design, formatting, printing). If this is what you are interested in then feel free to contact us. 

 
 

 
 
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