Carl Brauer, Historian and Biographer for biographies, books and memoirs
Carl Brauer's Approach to Commissioned or Sponsored History and Biography
When someone hires me to write a history or biography, they are hiring me personally. I have occasionally hired research assistants to do library research and I have sometimes used transcription services. But I always conduct all primary research, in documents and printed sources and through interviews. That is the only way I am able to write a book.
Popular songs and musical shows have had many successful collaborations between lyricists and composers, but history and biography, like literature, poetry, drama, music, and fine art, are usually the work of just one person, not teams of people.
I enjoy working for and with clients. I have the utmost respect for confidentiality. I am gratified when clients are happy with what I have produced. I take pride in finishing projects on time and on budget.
In all my writing, I strive for clarity, coherence and accuracy. I believe that history and biography should be readable, interesting and true.
I charge for my time, but I recognize that freelance writers, even ones with doctorates and many books to their credit, ordinarily do not command lofty fees. I care much more about doing worthwhile and interesting projects than about maximizing income. I am selective about what I accept.
Every project I undertake is unique and is tailored to a particular situation, need and budget. My projects sometimes begin with a research phase, followed by a writing phase. In certain circumstances, I conduct a feasibility study before submitting a formal proposal.
Sometimes I have helped clients with all the details of publication and sometimes clients only want me to produce a manuscript. When I hold the copyright, I see the manuscript through the entire publication process.
Carl Brauer, Historian and Biographer for biographies and memoirs
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Carl M. Brauer is a freelance historian and biographer who works under commission or sponsorship. His subjects include individuals and families, businesses and industries, professional service firms, hospitals and health care institutions, philanthropic foundations, government, and public policy. He also edits memoirs and conducts oral history projects.