Become a Memoirist for Elders

Become a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business

Mary’s book, Become a Memoirist for Elders vividly describes the satisfactions and challenges of a new type of business: helping elderly clients capture their life stories in published memoirs that become cherished family heirlooms.

Based on Tyrrell’s extensive firsthand experience working with the elderly as a memoirist and gerontological nurse, Become a Memoirist for Elders is written in an easy-to-read narrative style and offers a wealth of interesting stories and useful examples. In its pages, Mary Tyrrell shares invaluable advice on working with elders, conducting interviews, composing memoirs, and creating and maintaining a successful memoir business with a minimal financial investment.

Learn how you can do the same through the experience and wisdom of a respected pioneer in this burgeoning new industry.


“Dear Mary, I received your book last Thursday and inhaled it over the weekend. I have been slowly developing my own business for the past year and plan on being fully operational by next fall. This slow pace coincides with my youngest child entering Kindergarten. I am so inspired and encouraged by your words and want to thank you for your generosity. I feel like you are holding my hand, long distance.”—Sarah Peck

“Yesterday I received Mary Tyrrell’s book, Become a Memoirist for Elders: Create a Successful Home Business, and I can’t recommend it enough. Mary gives such wonderful nuts-and-bolts advice about issues around working with elders, protecting confidentiality, making the interview go smoothly, etc., that I have not seen elsewhere. She shares all the stuff you would otherwise only learn through mistakes and unfortunate experiences, but now I can avoid those problems because Mary has alerted me to them.” —Sue Mitchell, An Untold Story

“[Mary’s book gives] a comprehensive look into the business of becoming a memoirist that includes the whys, hows, and whats … For everyone who has had the urge to get that life story recorded, this is the book to not only tell you how to do it, but expresses the joy found in doing it. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to capture and preserve life stories.” —Cheryl Svensson