Ever wanted to write a family history book? Where you can
talk about your successful children, show off your adorable
grandkids, and tell the wondrous tales of childhood spent with
your loving parents and grandparents?
Great! But, if you want to include your cousins AND sell copies to them,
you better have something about their families, too. Here's a discussion
I found on Facebook recently. The names have been changed to protect
these uninteresting cousins:
TONY: It really aggravates me to
have waited for a genealogy book
and then to receive a piece of junk. Thanks uncle, thanks cousin
for nothing....... What a joke.
MOM: I know Tony! Sorry!!
TONY: Not your fault mom.
COUSIN BETH: I assume ur talking about our family book. I heard about the book but have not seen it. I also heard from someone it was expensive. Did u expect much different?
TONY: Was hoping. Big let down, Beth.
MOM: Your right Tony! Was hoping!!! I should
have known better!! The title of the book should have been
named for only a couple of relatives. Seeing that about 1/4
of the book was about their immediate family and not about
the entire family!!!
SISTER: yes and I agree! What a huge let
down. Its very unprofessional with pages upside down etc.
Its really a brag book for certain relatives, If I'd known
it was a brag book I would have bragged on my family too. I
really want to ship it back and get my money back. This book
is a bunch of copied papers in a binder probably from office
depot, Not worth the money paid. I'll never buy another from
these people again.
OUCH! I'm betting that's not the reaction the author was
going for. Yeah, maybe cousin Tony never finished high
school and his kids are on crack, but you approached him and
took his money for a book about HIS family. So what have we
1. Your kids aren't that cute. They are minor characters
in the eyes of your audience. Limit their space in the book. Some
will say "but I'm writing it for THEM." Okay. Then don't expect your
cousins to offset your publishing costs.
2. When people get a family book, they look up themselves
and their children first. Stories of grandpa come second. Seek out
the relatives with the fewest lines devoted to them, and try to get
3. If you must tell lengthy stories of your immediate
family, then also help the cousins write their own bios. Otherwise do a
separate book, just for you and yours.