FAQs

1. Can someone help me write my biography?
Professional writers are available to help interview and write your biography. Contact us for more information.
 
2. I have hand-written memoirs that I need transcribed. Can you help?
Yes, we do have such service, however the charges depends on the length of your story
 
3. How long will it take to answer the questions?
You can answer just one or all, so the time it takes depends on you.
 
4. Can I add my own questions?
Of course you can do that, the more the variety the better it is! you may email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any additional questions.
 
5. Are my responses confidential during the writing process?
Yes. we respect your privacy and confidentiality
 
6. Can I keep my biography confidential?
Yes, if you wish to. But your biography will not be featured online on our website columnlife.com, hence it will not be available to all visitors to our website.
 
7. Is there a limit to the length of any answer?
You will find that some questions can be answered in one or two sentences; other questions will inspire you to write at length. There is no limit to the length of any answer.
 
8. Is there a limit to the length of my biography?
Yes. Keep the length of the biography to 2,500 words.
 
9. What if I want to change my biography?
We recognize that your life will continue to change and so should your personal history. You may change your answers and photos occasionally.
A small fee will be charged.
 
10. Will my answers be edited?
Yes, as far as possible we keep the originality. With highest respect for our right of free speech and expression, only in the most extreme circumstance will biographies be prohibited from being published. Of course, inappropriate photos will not be allowed and we have a filtering system that will not allow offensive language.
 
11. How will you ensure accuracy and truthfulness of answers?
Writers will be personally held liable for any inaccuracies or statements that cause harm. If you feel something is not right, please contact us.
 
12. Is someone available to help with technical issues?
E-mail us with any technical questions you have at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 
13. Any suggestions on how truthful I should be about other people?
We encourage you to be as open and honest as possible but not hurtful to others. Sometimes you will want to mention the name of the person who may have caused you pain along the way, but it's probably best to mention the hurt without denigrating the person. Then just move onto the next question.
 
14. Writing about difficult times.
Many people ask, "But what about the bad stuff? How do I write an autobiography that is open and honest but doesn't hurt the ones I love or doesn't damage the ones I might not love anymore?" Everybody has darker moments. Do they belong in a family history? 
 
No one leaves this life unscathed. We goof up. We shame ourselves. Tragedy happens. We've been hurt. We can't pretend life passed by with no potholes or wrong turns.
 
And yet not every story is for public consumption. You don't get points for pulling skeletons out of the closet and rattling them in your unsuspecting loved ones' faces. But the whole point of life is to learn. If you learned something that might help a family member during difficult times, it might not hurt to pass it along.
 
15. I'm worried about the longevity of electronic archives. How can I store my own autobiography?
When you are finished with your biography, you will be able to create a paper version right from your own printer, you will have the opportunity to print a professionally printed version, you can make your story available for reading and archiving on our site, create a PDF file to store in your computer, and even store a version on your own CD. That's five ways to store your biography.
 
16. Why are you doing this?
Our goal is to make it easy for anyone, anywhere to write and share their autobiographies. We encourage each and every one of you to write and publish your memories and experiences to share with your families and future generations, to add to our collective memory, and to enter a global conversation about the moments in our lives.
 
17. Will it be available in other languages?
Yes of course, currently the site is available only in English, soon it will be available in Bahasa Malaysia.
 
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