In our Family Connexion section, we ‘re used to talking about people whose purpose is to help families and support them through their professional activities or passions.
Caroline Albou is at the crossroads : when she launched Porte-Plume in 2008, she decided to combine her passion for writing and publishing to her love for family stories to transmit precious memories. Initially, Caroline deeply wanted to democratize the edition fiels and gave the opportunity to anybody to make bespoke books. It must be said that since childhood Caroline had in mind to write the story of her grandmothers … and she started by that!
Today, biographies are at the heart of her publishing house. It’s why we wanted to know more about this wonderful idea…
Who comes to ask for biographies?
People from very different backgrounds, coming from all over France. Some of them just need some help to finish a biographie project, others, at the end of their life, have the desire to transmit a memorable experience to their descendants. Sometimes, children who want to make a beautiful gift to their grandparents or to know more about their ancestry also come to see us.
How do you proceed to write these biographies?
It all begins with a questionnaire to set the framework of the biography and the lines of research to be done. Then we determine who, within our team, will feel most affinity with the person interviewed. We then conduct the interview (about 9 hours). The family is also asked to collect souvenirs, photographs in particular, which will enrich and illustrate the contents of these works. It’s then time for editing: graphics, layout, cover, proofreading … At the end, we present a refined and high-quality work, that will be transmitted to the future generations.
What are your other activities around families in addition to biographies?
We also produce souvenir books, such as cookbooks that relate the memories associated with family recipes. This is what I did personally about my grandmothers, who were both excellent cooks.
We also create customized children’s books. Everything is adapted to the personality and life of the child : graphics, colors, universe, but also adventures … This is a beautiful birthday gift for example!
A big thank to Caroline for all this precious information. I invite you to visit Porte Plume ‘s website for more information.
See you next week for a Summer recipe, simple but tasty.
Lots of love,