I am a first-generation American. When my family “made it” and moved from an apartment to a house, somewhere along the way we lost a treasure-trove of photographs of my parents as children, grandparents, cousins and important places relating to my family’s history. In my mind’s eye I can still see the photo of my father at the age of five, standing in the snow in St. Petersburg, Russia and wearing a fur coat and hat. My grandchildren will never see that photo, and when I think about it, my parents are not around to answer the many questions I wish I had asked them about their lives. My mission as a personal historian is to help my clients preserve the past and the present for the future.
The services offered by Mixed Media Memoirs include:
- Memoirs in book format—starting from scratch with interviews or based on your existing manuscript
- Video oral history memoirs
- Travel photography books
- Business and organization histories
What authors say about working with Leah
“Whether you are a first-time writer or an experienced author, Leah is poised to help you. Over the years I have watched her work with people of all backgrounds, CEOs, entertainers, homemakers, business owners, artists, etc. Some born in the U.S., others who are not native English-speakers. No matter. She interviews people who have no manuscript and helps them to create one. For those who prefer to speak into a recorder, she then transcribes the material and fashions it into a worthy manuscript. For those who want a video, she brings top quality videographers and editors to the project.
“You may be an experienced writer, as I was, but need editing, guidance on layout, graphic design, and such. No matter what your starting point, Leah can guide you to the finish line with expertise, patience, and enthusiasm, until you are holding your book in your hand—or watching your video, a satisfied smile on your face. I know. I’m one of those with the satisfied smiles.”
—Ruth Broyde Sharone, author of award-winning book,
Minefields and Miracles: Why God and Allah Need to Talk
“Leah Abrahams was essential in putting together all aspects of my book including a beautiful cover for, Ethel Merman Mother Teresa… and Me which became a 2014 International Book Awards finalist. Her encouragement and knowledge is something I will always be grateful for. She was also a joy to work with.”
“Leah is a joy to work with. My early attempts at self-publishing were a struggle, trying to communicate with a company sending cut and dried instructions via computer, while a human being was rarely available. Producing your first book is akin to giving birth and needs a guiding hand—at least mine did. Leah’s professionalism steered me through, her calm and warm voice always there to answer questions, and she had all the answers, including the marketing of my books through Amazon and other venues. All of this was done while Leah lived in Wisconsin and I lived in Long Island. In spite of distance, this was a personal approach to publishing, and Leah has made it a pleasurable one.
Needless to say, I highly recommend Leah.”