Just released: NEW BOOK!

At last, a clear, easy to read, and engaging book that will help you uncover the stories hiding in your family photo collection. Hazel brings to life her own stories and takes the mystery out of genealogy research. This book is an excellent resource for anyone ready to tackle this project and meets the promise Hazel makes in her introduction: “I’ve never met a person who didn’t have a story worth telling. Everyone has a story, and this book will help you tell yours!”

Cathi Nelson — CEO / Founder of The Photo Managers 

 

  

CLICK HERE to Order Now!

PAPERBACK only at this time. (A Kindle edition may yet materialize, but formatting on KDP is not for the faint of heart.)
MAKES A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HISTORIAN OR PHOTO-KEEPER IN YOUR FAMILY!
IF YOU ENJOY THE BOOK, I would be delighted (and it would help get the word out) if you would leave a short (or long) review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or wherever you hang out online with books.
You can also ask your local library and indie bookstore to order it. Just give them this number: ISBN-13 ‎ 978-1699452448.

What’s a Photo Without the Story?

How to Create Your Family Legacy

A professional organizer and genealogist helps you tell the stories of your photos, family, and things.

Think you don’t have stories to tell?

Of course, you do. Everyone does!

In this book you will learn how to:

  • Tell your family stories
  • Enhance your stories by adding photos and details
  • Leave a legacy, not a burden
  • Identify mystery photos
  • Investigate family legends
  • Dig deeper & climb higher on your family tree

Do as much or as little as you like!

Each section includes activity choices:

  • Low effort (Do this if nothing else.)
  • Medium effort (Your family will thank you.)
  • High effort (Ask for help if you need it.)

 

Dear Readers,

The idea for this book came to me last year (2019) while attending 3 conferences: 1) RootsTech, the virtual portion of the mega-genealogy event held each year in Salt Lake City; 2) APPO (now called The Photo Managers), whose 2019 conference was held in nearby Bernalillo, NM; and 3) 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? It’s full, but there’s a cancellation? 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 — with the mystery solved!)

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  9/16/2020

UPDATE 1/14/2021 Coming Soon! When, exactly? Um…it’s hard to say. While some of my colleagues were super-productive during the pandemic, I wasn’t one of them. But I promise it will be worth the wait! Meanwhile, it’s your encouragement that keeps me going. Thank you!!! Subscribe to Org4life News if you would like to be notified when the book is ready. Or, simply leave a comment in the box below.

UPDATE  4/20/2021 — Still working on it! (Off and on.) Making progress! Not giving up!

UPDATE  7/9/2021 — I’m “this close” to finishing. That is, “this close” to showing it to another human being for editing. There are lots of details to be worked out cover design, formatting, etc. but the hard part is nearly over!

UPDATE 7/25/2021 — OMG. I did it. I just hit “send” on the email that will convey the long-awaited umpteenth draft (but the first one to ever be shown to another human’s eyes) of my new book! There’s more to be done, of course — editing, formatting, cover design, give people a heads-up who have no idea they’re mentioned in the book, publishing, etc. I’ve edited plenty along the way, but even I know not to try to final-edit or proofread my own book!

UPDATE 9/14/2021 — Today is the 2-year anniversary of the idea of my book. And it’s looking like I’m on track for a mid-November release!

UPDATE 11/12/2021 — Or, maybe not mid-November, precisely, but I swear it’s 99% ready! Finishing touches only at this point. And…..it will also depend on how long it takes to get a proof copy in the mail from KDP before I can hit “Publish” and give you an ordering link. Self-publishing is not for the faint of heart!

UPDATE 11/25/2021 — Thanksgiving. What a great day to hit the “Publish” button!  

 

CLICK HERE to Order Now!

PAPERBACK only at this time. (A Kindle edition may yet materialize, but formatting on KDP is not for the faint of heart.)
MAKES A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HISTORIAN OR PHOTO-KEEPER IN YOUR FAMILY!
IF YOU ENJOY THE BOOK, I would be delighted (and it would help get the word out) if you would leave a short (or long) review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or wherever you hang out online with books.
You can also ask your local library and indie bookstore to order it. Just give them this number: ISBN-13 ‎ 978-1699452448.
 

 

Who is this book for?

Do you have a box full of old photos and no idea what to with them? How about an intriguing family story that has never been verified or documented? Or keepsakes that might be confused for trash when you die?

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

Each part of the book includes the following sections (and more):

WHY: Why tell your stories? Why add photos to them? Why learn more about your family history? Why leave a legacy, not a burden?

HOW: These sections offer specific actions for you to take, depending on your desired goals and how much effort you want to put into meeting them.

PHOTO STORIES: I’ve included some of my own family photos, and the stories behind them, to inspire you to tell YOUR stories. The first one, about my bathing beauty grandma on the cover of this book, is the longest. The rest are quite short. Your stories can be as long, or as short, as you like!

Here’s how YOU can participate in creating YOUR family legacy:

Low effort (Do this if nothing else.)

  • Why not give a copy of this book to the historian, genealogist, photo keeper, or storyteller in your family? If you read it first, 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.)

  • Take action on some of the ideas you find in this book and share your progress and results with your family!

High effort (Ask for help if you need it.)

  • Each section of the book contains helpful resources, and Part 5 will help you become even more resourceful! When I search for something online, I most often use Google (search engine) on Firefox or Safari (web browsers). But feel free to use whatever search engine(s) and web browser(s) you prefer!

As you read, you may find yourself thinking:

But, what if I’m not:

  • a photo organizer?
  • a genealogist?
  • a writer?

What if nobody’s interested in my stories, or my genealogy research, or my things? Then what?

Trust me. I’ve worked with clients as a residential professional organizer for 15+ years (continuously); as a genealogy researcher for 30+ years (off and on); as a blogger and author; and as a member of various local and national organizing, genealogy, and historical associations and societies. And I’ve never met a person who didn’t have a story worth telling. Everyone has a story and this book will help you tell yours!

There are lots of easy ways for you to tell your family stories (Part 1) and enhance your stories with photos (Part 2). If you get curious, you can dig deeper roots and climb higher into the branches of your family tree by learning more about your ancestry (Part 3). While you’re at it, why not declutter, downsize, and tell the stories of your prized possessions, too, so you can leave a legacy, not a burden (Part 4)?

We’ll start with one of my own family stories. Don’t worry; yours don’t have to be as lengthy as this one, and the rest of the Photo Stories in this book are much shorter!

 

CLICK HERE to Order Now!

PAPERBACK only at this time. (A Kindle edition may yet materialize, but formatting on KDP is not for the faint of heart.)
MAKES A GREAT GIFT FOR THE HISTORIAN OR PHOTO-KEEPER IN YOUR FAMILY!
IF YOU ENJOY THE BOOK, I would be delighted (and it would help get the word out) if you would leave a short (or long) review on Amazon, Goodreads, and/or wherever you hang out online with books.
You can also ask your local library and indie bookstore to order it. Just give them this number: ISBN-13 ‎ 978-1699452448.
 

 

 

 

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    • Yours is waiting for you here. See you at Christmas! (If you are eager to read it, you can order one from Amazon and then give it as a gift. My author copies are arriving sl-o-w-l-y, but other’s Amazon Prime orders are arriving lickety split!)

  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!

  2. Hazel~ you writing this book is a gift to many people who want to leave their legacy to their family. While I look forward to the book, I especially look forward to YOUR insights and tips. You have a special talent for puttting into words what many of us want to say. So thank you in advance for writing and undertaking this project.

    • Awwww…..thank you, Sheila…..I saw this comment before, and it’s comments like this that kept me going!

      Just subscribed you.

  3. Hazel! This is SO exciting!! And such a perfect fit for your authorship. Yes, PLEASE include me in your distribution wait list. I will need three copies! People need this! Thank you!

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