Many readers may be familiar with, or have been honored to receive, a tribute book or video celebrating their life and achievements. Creating a tangible record of all that we have accomplished is a vital part of creating a lasting legacy – the stories that we tell are an integral part of our history. As a publisher of custom, beautifully bound coffee table books, Superyacht Storytellers allows superyacht owners, builders, designers, and others to share their extraordinary yacht-based experiences with family and friends for generations to come.
Superyacht Storytellers is skilled in the two most essential arts of storytelling: the written word, and the artistic impact. Its creative vision is crafted by Diane M. Byrne, founder and editor of MegayachtNews.com, the only website educating American luxury-yacht owners, buyers, and their circles of influence about the yachting lifestyle. Joining her is Beth Smith, who specializes in private publishing of personal histories and tributes, working with couples, families, and celebrities through her company A Life in Print.
The books are completely custom-designed and written; while there are many “do-it-yourself picture book” services available, customization options
are often severely limited. In addition, Ms. Byrne comments that these companies may not allow text to accompany the images, or they may expect you “to be a modern-day Mark Twain”. Templates may hinder your ability to choose where your pictures or text are positioned; binding and paper type selections may be curtailed as well. Additionally, you may face page length limits, or have to order multiple copies to meet their minimum purchase requirements. Superyacht Storytellers tailors each project regardless of page length, or quantity. Just as one can commission a completely lovely semi-custom yacht, full customization is the only option if you wish every room tailored to your tastes.
Publishing possibilities include: portrait- or landscape-style book formats; hardcovers wrapped in fine linen fabric, leather, stitched leather, or suede (along with photo insets and imprinting); matte-finished paper or lustrous heavy-stock paper; books with dozens of pictures and few captions, or page-turning tales with hundreds of photos to match. All steps in the process of creating the book are outlined up front, with deadlines assigned to each step.
Photographs are supplied by the client – many owners, family members, and crew members are outstanding photographers. In addition, it is possible to access shipyard photos which document the build of every project. Ms. Byrne says: “Every one of us has a story to tell. We each likely have dozens, if not hundreds, of photos of our adventures sitting on a computer hard drive or, worse, on our camera’s memory card…These are the inspirations behind Superyacht Storytellers.”
Prices for a custom book from Superyacht Storytellers start at $2,250 and can exceed $5,000, with additional books priced on request. Pricing is not just based on page count, but on the scope of the project -- whether it be an image-driven visual spectacle, an engaging tale with a balance of words and images, or a high-impact massive tome. Your book can range in size from 50 to upwards of 250 pages, in portrait or landscape style, with a custom design aesthetic, written either in your “voice” or in third-person narrative. Guidance on photo selection is included. Additional services are available upon request, including map creation and photo retouching.
Superyacht Storytellers offers a unique way to add to your legacy. Ms. Byrne says: “Our team works hand-in-hand with you to bring your oral history to life, and to make your photos, and memories, leap off the pages. We firmly believe that every yacht is as unique as her owner is, and your book deserves the same treatment.”
Interested parties can learn more about projects and possibilities by visiting www.superyachtstorytellers.com. For those active on social media, Superyacht Storytellers can be found on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SuperyachtStorytellers, on Twitter at @SuperyachtStory, and on Instagram at @superyachtstorytellers.
By Nikki Glenn