Coming Soon: A new book!

Coming soon…..

When, exactly? Um…it’s hard to say. The goal is this year, though, in time for holiday gift-giving!

It’s been a rough year for everyone, and it’s your encouragement that keeps me going. Thank you!

Contact me if you would like to be notified when the book is ready.

Or, simply leave a comment in the box below!

What’s a Photo Without the Story?

A guide to leaving your family legacy.

Dear potential readers,

The idea for this book came to me last year while attending conferences: RootsTech, the virtual portion of the mega-genealogy event held each year in Salt Lake City; APPO (now called The Photo Managers), whose conference was held in nearby Bernalillo, NM last year; and Southwest Writers, which I made a spontaneous decision to attend for the first time — it’s next week? it’s right down the street from me? OK!

It was at the Southwest Writers conference that all of my interests — organizing, photos, family history, storytelling, memorabilia, legacies, and making it all accessible to everyone, no matter their level of interest and wherewithal — came together in a book idea that I articulated to my new writer friends, who were enthusiastic about it.

In one session someone asked: “When should we start promoting our book?” The answer was: “As soon as you get the idea!” That sounded a bit scary to me — what if I change my mind, or never finish it? — but it also made sense in terms of generating interest. So I started telling people about it.

Then 2020 happened. And all that implies. Here I am a year later, not having finished the book yet, as I had originally hoped. But it’s well on its way, and will be worth the wait!

I have not yet described the book to anyone who hasn’t said how much they needed the information and wanted to buy a copy. And it is their — your — enthusiasm and encouragement that has kept me going despite all the 2020 setbacks. Some of my colleagues have been super-productive this year. I am not one of them.. sigh… But I’m not giving up, either!

Click here –> What’s a photo without the story? <– to read the blog post that inspired me to write a whole book. (It was originally posted April 2019 and updated in July 2020 — mystery solved!) And contact me (or simply leave a comment in the box below) if you would like to be notified when the book is ready for you to read, or to give as a gift.

Thank you!

Hazel  9/16/20


Who is this book for?

I hope this book inspires you — yes, you! — to tell your family stories; even — especially! — if you are not a genealogist, or a photo organizer, or a writer.

It contains four parts (plus resources, of course):

  1. Add Stories to Your Photos
  2. Add Photos to Your Stories
  3. Dig Deeper (learning more about your family history)
  4. Leave a Legacy, Not a Burden (includes telling the stories of your stuff)

Each part includes these sections (and more):

WHY (Why tell your stories? …add photos? …dig deeper? …and leave a legacy, not a burden?)

PHOTO STORIES (Some of my own family photos, and the stories behind them, to inspire you to tell YOUR stories.)

HOW (Specific tips aimed at YOUR level of interest and wherewithal — time, money, energy, and knowledge.)

Here’s an example:

HOW to read this book

Low-effort (if you do nothing else)
If you do nothing else, why not give a copy of this book to the historian, photographer, or storyteller in your family? If you read it, you’ll surely gain a greater appreciation of these family members and perhaps find ways to help them preserve and share your family legacy.

Medium-effort (your family will thank you)
Your family will thank you if you take action on some of the ideas you find in this book, and share your progress and results with them!

High-effort (ask for help if you need it)
Ask for help if you want to do more than you currently know how to do. Look for helpful resources in each section of the book.


Contact me if you would like to be notified when the book is released.

Or, simply leave a comment in the box below!

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  1. Hazel – I’m so excited to purchase and read your book whenever it’s ready to be launched into the world! Really looking forward to reading it and giving it as a gift to others!

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