The Texan Biographer - Rory Siefer

The Texan Biographer is now…

June 15th, 2010

As The Texan Biographer I’ve been able to work with some amazing families over the years.  I’m immensely proud of the stories we’ve captured along the way and the people we have helped.  But with all good things, they must change and evolve…

With that, I am pleased to announce that we will be changing our name… (can I get a drum roll?)  Come August, The Texan Biographer will be relaunched as Epic Bound!  Epic Bound will continue to publish amazing coffee-table Personal Biographies, but we’re also excited to begin publishing Corporate Histories as well.

Our new web address is EpicBoundBooks.com, and we’re targeting an August 15th launch date.

Stay tuned for additional details!

The wait is over…

November 10th, 2009

We have been counting down the days to unveil our newest biography services (our Contemporary Memoirs), and the day is finally here!

Every aspect of this new biography offering is managed by a talented team of: Interviewers, Writers, Editors, Art Directors, Historians, Graphic Designers, Printers and Binders.

family history

Each page is designed with professional care and attention as hundreds of our clients’ photographs are restored, enlarged, and integrated into their priceless life story. This highly graphic presentation will be sure to catch the attention of every child, grandchild, and loved one.

For example: In the pages below our team researched the client’s favorite cowboy heroes and included a section about their place in history…what a fun way to share his childhood with his own grandchildren!

memoirs

In this spread we were able to find the Model A Ford that his grandfather used for driving lessons. These simple memories are brought to life in a meaningful way, and create a book that is impossible to put down!

family memoirs

Here are just a few reasons why our clients have commissioned a family biography for their loved ones:

  • To assure that your family’s name and legacy lives on for generations to come
  • To capture your family’s history, in the words of the original storytellers who lived the events
  • As a gift to your children and grandchildren that will be cherished for generations to come
  • To bring your family together and enjoy one for a priceless project
  • To celebrate a parent or grandparent for all of their life’s accomplishments (What kind of a gift do you get for the person who has it all? How about their own biography!)

Contact us today to see a sample of our work and talk to our founder, Rory Siefer

In the News: Houston’s Bellaire Buzz is buzzin’ about us!

December 5th, 2008

Local family biographerThe most recent edition of Houston’s Bellaire Buzz featured the Texan Biographer and our custom family biographies. So if you’re in the Houston area, don’t miss the article on page 11.

If you’d like to read the PDF click here. Otherwise, here is our exceprt from the article written by Angie Frederickson:

“Perhaps the most unique gift you will ever give is to commission a personal biography for someone. Rory Siefer, The Texan Biographer, specializes in capturing personal stories and turning them into a leather-bound hardback book that is sure to become a family heirloom. She conducts personal interviews and helps select personal photos and memorabilia to tell the stories of people’s lives. She can put together a gift certificate and welcome package to announce this gift in time for the holidays!”

Article in the Austin-American Statesman

December 5th, 2008

custom biographiesWe’re happy to report that the Austin American Statesman decided to feature the Texan Biographer in the Sunday edition this past November 23rd.

In a special article titled, “Capturing a family member’s life for posterity – It might be one of the best gifts you can give,” Helen Anders describes how one local family gave their loved ones the gift of a lifetime.

Don’t miss the great advice I give to other families who are wanting to find a way to start saving their loved one’s best stories too!

Magical Holiday Market in Houston

November 9th, 2008

holiday marketThis coming, Tuesday, November 11th, I will be attending a very special fund raiser in Houston, Texas.

Amy and Kris Brown are hosting a holiday market at their home to benefit Texan Children’s Hospital from their foundation KickClub. Amy has invited unique companies from across the country to come and show their products and services at her home as a special kick-off to the holiday shopping season (Which actually works well since her husband Kris is the kicker for Texans).

Tuesday, November 11th
9am – 3pm
4712 Holly Street – Bellaire, TX 7740
RSVP: 832.824.2124

Come and see me in Houston! I’ll be showing off some of my favorite biography projects and talking to local families about how they can start saving the stories of their loved ones! It should be a wonderful event and a great start to the holiday season.

A Holiday Gift Preview and Wine Tasting Event in Sugarland

October 27th, 2008

wine tasting

This coming Wednesday, October 29th, the Vineyard on the Square in Sugarland, Texas, is welcoming me as a special guest to their wine bar! It is a beautiful place to enjoy a glass of wine and unwind.

Everyone is welcome for a wine tasting and I’ll also be talking about the ultimate gift you can give to your loved ones this holidays season, a custom biography. Each year I work with a select number of special clients to capture their best life stories and transform them into a biography. Come see how I am changing the way we remember our loved ones.

In addition, Petaluma, California-based Adobe Road will be offering a wine tasting of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. Adobe Road is a small, family-owned winery, specializing in flavorful, handcrafted vintages with distinctive taste. The wines are created in small lots, allowing precise quality control to ensure that every bottle is just the way the wine artisans intended. Adobe Road varietals also include Zinfandel, Syrah, Petit Syrah, Cabernet Franc and Meritage.

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008
6:00- 8:00pm

VINEYARD on the SQUARE
(Sugarland Town Square)
16135 City Walk
SUGARLAND, TX 77479

Contact Rory Siefer at 210.373.9313 for more information.
Learn more about Rory: http://www.texanbiographer.com

The Texan Biographer at Ole Marketplace in San Antonio

October 20th, 2008

This coming Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, we will have a booth at Junior League’s big holiday extravaganza, Ole Marketplace. It’s the biggest fund raiser of the year for Junior League of San Antonio, and the fair is packed full of amazing vendors from across the country. Come and finish your holiday shopping early this year!

Don’t miss a special guest appearance at our booth from Joe O’Connell. Joe, a former FBI agent, just finished his biography this past summer, and will be a part of our booth on Saturday morning starting at 10:00am. Come by and learn more about his fascinating stories with the mafia, bank robberies, and more.

Market Shopping hours are:
- Thursday, October 23rd: Noon to 6 p.m.
- Friday, October 24th: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Saturday, October 25th: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

So come by and learn more about the ultimate gift you can give this holiday season. Take a look first hand at our custom biographies, and figure out how to start saving a loved ones stories today!

How to write my life story…

October 13th, 2008

Save Family Stories in a Biography This morning there was an article posted in the New York Times all about what it takes to be a “Personal Historian” and how quickly the trend of saving life stories is growing.

The article, Tales from the Past, Preserved for Families,” is all about how Personal Historians are using every kind of multimedia possible to save memories.

For those of you who are trying to be your own family’s personal historian, here are a few different types of media you can use to save stories, if you can’t hire a Family Biographer like me:

1) Capture it all in a Biography

2) Preserve Stories in an Audio Recording

3) Record the Memories on Video

4) Remember the Events through Photographs

Everyday this week, in honor of Family History Month, I’ll be highlighting each of these media forms and telling you how they can be used best to save your loved one’s past!

The Family Biographer on the San Antonio Living Show

October 8th, 2008

The Family BiographerAs promised, here is the link to watch my appearance on yesterday’s San Antonio Living Show. It was a great opportunity to meet with Shelly Miles and tell some local families about how they can start saving stories today. If you missed the show, be sure to go watch it at this link.

Also, here’s a little of what I discussed on the show. Tips from Family Biographer, Rory Siefer, on how your family can celebrate Family History Month:

  • Save the Stories: Record your family’s stories orally or in written form. Sit down and interview your parent or grandparent and get the kids involved. Or as an extra special gift to a loved one, hire a family biographer to come in and capture the stories for them!
  • Trace Your Family Roots: Start a family tree together and call your parents and grandparents to uncover the exact dates. Who knows how far back you can go!
  • Preserve the Photos: Create a photo book with some of your best old family pictures. Record the details about each snapshot so that those stories are never lost.
  • Create a Family blog: Keep your family and friends up to date on what your family is up to on a regular basis. his can be an easy weekly activity and then by the end of the year you have a great collection of memories.
  • Make Sentimental Gifts: Integrate family mementos and history into a one of a kind gift for your loved one. Frame a family artifact, or create greeting cards from your favorite old photos.

To learn more about how to save your families priceless stories check out Rory’s website or call today:
Rory Siefer – The Texan Biographer
(210) 694-4743
http://www.texanbiographer.com or rory@texanbiographer.com

San Antonio Living Appearance – Tuesday

October 6th, 2008

I will be appearing on the San Antonio Living Show, this Tuesday, October 7th at 10:00am, to talk about Family History Month. As a family history expert I’ll be sharing with the viewers fun and creative ways that they can celebrate this month, and most importantly save their loved ones best stories.

As soon as the show has been uploaded to the NBC site, I’ll add a link here so that all of those outside of San Antonio can watch too!

Check back to learn more about the tips I’m sharing with San Antonio families.

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