Questions about creating a Fairytale by Muby Astruc™
How long does the process take?
Up to three months from the last day of the interview sessions.
The editorial, retouching and design is normally finished between one to three months (depending on the length of your book and number of pages and words). Life stories and full biographies may take longer.
From there on, it depends on how long you take to approve the Fairytale. Once your Fairytale has been approved by you, we move on to the printing and binding of your book. Depending on the sort of cover material you’ve chosen, the time frame will differ. A standard hard-cover book will print much faster (an average of two weeks) than a custom-designed cover.
How long will an interview session last?
The time it takes depends on you. Only you will know when you’re done talking, or want to take a break and continue on another day. We do the interviews at your pace. Some people will finish it in one week; others may take a year. Based on the nature of your Fairytale, you will be assigned the number of interview sessions required. This is only an indication. A client can book as many more sessions as he/she wants at very reasonable prices.
Can I add my own input, besides the questions asked?
Of course you can. We aim to be the silent observer, prodding you along with insightful questions as and when needed. For the most part, you are free to tell us your story on your terms.
Is there a limit to the length of my story?
There is no limit to the length of any story. Some Fairytales are 40 pages or less; others are 300 pages or even more.
What if I want to update my my Fairytale?
We understand that your life will continue to evolve, as will your personal fairy tale. At an additional fee, your original Fairytale can be expanded upon and re-printed.
Can I get additional copies of my Fairytale at a later date?
Yes, extra copies are available at all times.
I'm not sure what kind of Fairytale I want… can you help me decide?
Of course. We’ll begin by showing you different options from our private collection. These will indicate price vs. your time required vs. final output. This alone, should start giving you a very clear picture about what direction you want to be headed in.
If you still have questions, call or email us and we can further discuss what best fits your style and budget.
Any suggestions on how truthful I should be about other people in my story?
Only you get to decide who reads your Fairytale – the entire world, or just a personal few. With that in mind, we’d like you to be as open and honest as your belief system allows.
Some stories may have a touch of pain or betrayal to them. In those cases, it is up to you whether you want to mention the name of the person who caused you that pain, or bury it in the sands of time.
In the event that you choose to publish your Fairytale on a public platform, names of people should be altered if used without their permission. For a Fairytale that remains within your circle of family and friends, the choice is yours.
For more information about your privacy, other parties’ privacy and confidentiality, click here to FAQ Copyrights and Confidentiality.
How will my Fairytale handle the difficult times in my life?
Life, as we know it, is a balance. Good and bad. Happy and sad. Pleasure and Pain.
When working on a memoir or life story, it is important not to overlook the obstacles that led to eventual triumphs. A common question we get asked is “how do we remain honest without hurting people we love?”
Our answer is simple. Every story has a dark side. Every day has its night. Every life, its dark moments. Do those moments belong in eternity? Are those stories one that you want to pass on to future generations.
If the answer is “no”, omit the names/actions from your fairytale.
If the answer is “yes”, keep the pain. We’ll write about it with a lot of tact. Future generations of your family are going to read about it. We’ll make sure that your pain/grief/betrayal is handled in the most delicate way possible.
Are Fairytales also available in other languages?
While the site is available only in English and soon in Arabic, our Fairytales are currently available in English, Arabic, French, Spanish and Romanian. Upon request, we can add almost any language to that list.
I have very little time available in my schedule. I am afraid I will never find time to be interviewed and handle the reviews: What could you do to help me out?
One must always choose his/her priorities. If a Fairytale echoes to you as something very desirable, you will make time. You are the key to a door that we can only show you and guide you through the journey it offers, up from the moment you open the door. However, we have various tools and techniques to help you make time and to save you time.
Our online (or soon-to-come mobile app) calendar and appointment booking system allows you to see your writer’s schedule in live-time, making it possible to book a session and have the writers with you within an hour’s time. Our writers are experienced journalists who are skilled in their ability to capture the relevant facts and help you focus on what matters to you. As an add-on, your writer can join you on a road trip or a flight during which you have time to share your stories. Under certain conditions, mainly related to limits that you define, our writer can be part of your daily life for few weeks or few months, available at any time you need him/her for interviews sessions.
For the reviews, you are guided throughout the process and we do our best to make it easy and short.