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The #1 question I get asked about personalised story books

There’s a funny tale about how I started writing personalised story books and, ever since I embarked on this journey, I got asked looots of questions about this concept.

Woman holding her personalised book

Cover of a personalised book we worked at for a wonderful mum and granny

The thing is, I had no idea I’ll reach the point where this is going to be my job. I remember clearly how I used to sit with my baby in my lap and dream about how I was going to write stories for each and every hero. Honestly, at that time, I didn’t envision my project growing so big and the concept of a PERSONALISED BOOK reaching so close to faultlessness.

The idea of gifting a personalised story book to somebody is incredible! Honestly. I have received amazing feedback over the course of these many years since I started this entrepreneurial journey. Most people were impressed by the idea of keeping a memory safe in the pages of a book. A memory they’ll be able to look at whenever they open THE BOOK – either it’s in the present or 50 years from now.

Which brings us to the number one question I get asked almost all the time:

“Are these personalised story books actually UNIQUE?”

And I would proudly say YES! with the same excitement one feels when looking into the eyes of a loved one and putting on the ring on the finger. Because the first personalised book I ever wrote was the one I dedicated to my daughter. That was a story I envisioned for her only, with a message I only wanted for her to read and nobody else. I then looked for an illustrator to bring that story to life and the result was a book that’s hers to keep and browse. And there is no other book like that on Earth.

So that was the concept: no basic text, no “put me in the story” kind of book, but one that was 100 per cent written AND illustrated for each and every hero. I didn’t know exactly how I was going to do it, I just felt deep within my heart that I should do it.

Because we all have people we care for dearly, we all want to make their hearts smile and we have memories we want to keep safe. And we take memories and certain details from real life and turn them into a story that has never been written before. The tale then gets dressed up in beautiful, heart-warming illustrations to match the traits of the characters -> and there you have it: a 100 % personalised story book.

You see, we’ve gotten so used to the entire marketing framing, that we just don’t believe in the word “unique” anymore. We find it so common, it’s all over the place. That is why you’d most probably be surprised to hear that, yes, the personalised story books we create in our little bookshop are actually one of a kind.

Of course, over the time, we’ve gotten more and more confident as to expand the concept, so more and more children and families can benefit from the blessing of reading a customised book, especially in terms of costs. So our family grew bigger and we widened the series of books available in our shop.

But the original idea of a unique book remained the same.

There is a small army of creative people working at each and every bespoke book in our bookshop. Which makes us tremendously proud and so excited about everything there is to come.

 

Until next time,

Cristina Guraliuc storyteller

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