The end of 2016 is arriving and with that, many of us are considering where we’ve been this year, what we’ve accomplished, and where we see ourselves going in 2017. I’ve observed a lot of negative change happening in the World War II research world the last few months. This negativity has given me pause to stop and consider what I have created for the world in educational materials and how much more I need to create. I’ve questioned, is what I do needed, and should I be doing something different. After much soul searching I decided a lot of changes will be taking place at the World War II Research and Writing Center in 2017.
What is remaining the same?
I will still be able to help my clients connect with researchers in Europe who can help them with their research or walk in the footsteps of their soldiers.
I am still available to write books for clients, whether these are World War II related, genealogy/family history, or photo books. Learn more about my client books and long-term projects.
I am still giving World War II lectures on research and writing in the U.S. and Europe.
The books I wrote are not the end. There will be more coming on World War II research, writing, stories, and some that move in a completely new direction that I can’t talk about yet. I am very excited about this new direction.
What is changing at the beginning of 2017?
Because of all the negativity I have observed and had directed at the work I (and others in the WWII research world) do, the education I do is changing. What is described in this article is just the beginning. No longer will I be publishing everything on my website and sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. To access educational articles on research, writing, case studies, book reviews, and other things, researchers will be required to sign up for my FREE newsletter. I plan to send this out twice a month unless there is some big news that has to be released. If you are struggling with a part of your research and have suggestions on what I should cover, feel free to contact me.
I will be accepting some guest articles for the website for those who would like to share their story of war. The details of what is required in your story can be found in this article.
I will no longer be doing free consultations. As part of my research services, which clients have always paid for, I used to offer free consultations. This is ending.
I receive a lot of emails, calls, and questions on social media, which take a lot of my time, as people are looking for advice rather than hiring a researcher. I am one of the best the World War II researchers and writers the world has to offer, and my time, network of researchers in the U.S. and Europe, and expertise is valuable. I built a library of educational articles on my website, in national magazines, and Ancestry.com’s blog, to name a few locations you can find my work. I also wrote the only books on the market to teach people how to research, whether they live in the U.S. or Europe.
Researchers with questions now have several options if they need my assistance.
- WWII Coaching in the form of 30 minutes, 1 hour, 90 minutes, or 2 hours max. This is for people who want to research on their own or are not sure if they want to hire a researcher. Please contact me if you are interested in this option for rates.
- For a 30 minute paid session I will be available for a phone call to discuss your research questions.
- For a 60 minute paid session I will be available to review and analyze your information, create a short research plan, and have a phone call to discuss your research questions.
- I recommend a 90 minute or 2 hour paid session for those with a lot of information gathered and questions. This allows me more time to analyze your research and questions, and create a research plan.
- Hire me for a research project.
- I am available for World War II research and writing projects. I have a standard procedure I use for most projects to verify the information and family stories a client has, that works well to dispel family myths and reconstruct service history even if all the records burned for your Army, Army Air Forces, or National Guard service member. Read research testimonials. Please contact me if you are interested in this option for rates and project options.
What else is coming in 2017?
My business will be expanding in an entirely new direction that no other World War II researchers are heading, which will draw in a new audience. I can’t release details about this yet, but hope to by summer 2017. With this new direction, my team and I will be able to help families learn more about their service member’s story, have family questions answered, perhaps bring family secrets to light for closure and healing, and merge the past with the present. We will accomplish this through new books, live and in person programs, videos, and articles.
I hope you will join the World War II Research and Writing Center on our journey as we welcome in 2017 and help preserve more stories of war.
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