Pages of history

Former PT reporters create biographical book biz
By: Sherri L. Shaulis, The Press-Tribune
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Former newspaper reporters Jamie Trump and Scott Johnston believe everyone has a story worth telling. And the husband-and-wife team is willing to help preserve those stories for you. Trump, former editor of The Granite Bay Press-Tribune, and Johnston, former news editor of The Roseville and Granite Bay Press-Tribunes, have started their own company, Book It, to capture and preserve memories of all types for families. "It's their story, their ideas, their pictures," Trump said of customers' finished products. "We just put it all together for them." The concept of Book It has Trump and Johnston interviewing clients to get down the stories they want told. The couple will also do additional research as needed, gleaning information from journals, family notes and genealogy sites as needed. "It's interesting, because sometimes we sit with someone to interview them for the story, and it's almost therapeutic for them," Trump said. "And when they see the finished product - even though it's their words and photos - they still get teary-eyed. They just run their hands over the book, touching the pages and taking it all in." Allie Reagan of Auburn is a customer who already appreciates the finished product. She's ordered two items from Book It to send to her mother in Germany. "When I saw the books, I immediately thought of all the ways it could be used," Reagan said. "There are so many family stories that could be cemented in the book. It's just a good feeling to have your roots preserved." Johnston, who helps with design, said he believes the company fills a niche not previously explored. "The first rule of journalism we were taught is people want to read about people," he said. "What better way than to read a book about your family and its stories?" The variety of book styles is almost as limitless as the stories that can be told, Trump added. To date, the couple has produced a family history book, a cookbook complete with family tales behind the chosen recipes and an ABC books featuring pictures and rhymes for every letter of the alphabet. The finished books feature double-sided, full-color high-gloss pages. Trump hand stitches and binds the books, and they are wrapped in a high-glass jacket. An average book contains 25 pages and takes about two weeks to complete. Starting price for two books is $800, Trump said, which includes interviews and research, a rough draft and two final, hardbound books with the customized book jacket. Add-itional copies start at $75.
WHAT: Book It Biographies, which turns personal family stories and pictures into hardbound books
COST: $800 initially, which covers research, rough draft and two books; $75 each additional book
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