This depends on the scale of the project and any add-on services you might choose.
If you choose our very base model, we will deliver you the raw audio files from our storytelling sessions. These might be an hour long or more each.
Now, I once conducted 13 hours worth of stories from one person (all incredible content). Can you imagine trying to find one particular story in all that? It would take an eternity and, let’s be honest, you probably won’t take the time to find it. This is precisely why we highly recommend our indexing and organizing services, especially for medium and large projects. If you add this service on, you will receive all the content you would have with our base service, but broken up into smaller, bite-sized memories, and labeled appropriately so it’s much easier to find what you’re looking for.
If you additionally want to be able to search through those memories like a database, you would receive a PDF that will help you find exactly what file you’re looking for using keyword searching.
If you include photos or videos that accompany your stories, those can be included in your archive, and incorporated into PDFs.
If you’d like your content transcribed, we can do that as well, and you’d receive another PDF with the full transcript of everything said. Unlike most transcription services, we really try to capture the character of what’s being said and the way it’s said. It’s a blend of transcription and creative embellishments to help the hearing-impaired have an accurate experience while reading.
All of your digital files can be stored and backed up with us indefinitely, organized for you so you can focus on the stories and not on the tedium of categorization. We highly recommend you do this. The reason being is that it’s easy to lose track of files on an old computer. Hard drives go bad. Acts of God happen. And even if you kept them safe, there is still no guarantee that these files will get passed down to the right person. Your account with The Memory Collective includes our promise to personally hand these memories down to the people you designate, so even the descendant didn’t know about the files, they will be informed of them and receive them.
Lastly, if you choose to have us transmute your digital files into a physical form, we can turn your transcripts into a beautiful, hardbound book that combines your stories and photography together and refers back to your digital files and Memory Vault. We call this an Heirloom Memory Collective. It’s our most expensive service/product because we are essentially writing a novel for you by hand, which includes transcription, editing, punctuation, proofreading, content editing, formatting, layout, design, and print-planning and interfacing. The process can take many months to complete, but when it’s finished, you would have a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind book that honors the person or topic it contains. An upside to having something beautiful and shiny (we do plate it with gold to catch the eye) on a shelf is the ability for a kid to ask, “Dad, what’s this?” and have Dad respond, “Those are your grandma’s stories. You probably don’t remember her because she died when you were just a few years old. But there are some great stories in here. Did you know her dad rode a horse into work? C’mere. Let me show you.” Digital files are powerful, but one thing they can’t do is sit ornately on your coffee table and invite people to discover them. The Heirloom Memory Collective does.