A suite of services to tell your life story.
I founded Lasting Legacies in 2006 and have been helping individuals and families preserve their life stories ever since (view my Portfolio). Before that, I worked as the senior editor and publications director at the indie publishing company, BR Anchor Publishing. It was in the early days of self-publishing, and I learned a great deal that I was able to transfer over into my own company.
I also have experience in the academic world, having worked several years as a freelance copy editor for a third-party publishing company charged with editing books for Cambridge University Press, and I completed an internship at the University of Pittsburgh Press.
You can be confident that I have the experience and knowledge you need to craft a well-written, purpose-driven legacy that will benefit future generations.
Writing your life story isn’t about
stroking your ego or being vain
- It’s about promoting intergenerational conversations and understanding.
- It’s about educating, encouraging and empowering others. Even beyond your family, readers for generations to come will benefit from your first-person account of life as you’ve experienced it.
- It’s about sharing what’s most important to you with your loved ones in an uninterrupted, comfortable manner rather than an untimely and awkward conversation or worse yet, never sharing your wisdom and values at all.
Whether you’re wanting to write a book about best business leadership practices, the Civil War, fitness or any other nonfiction topic, I welcome the opportunity to work with you.
When solopreneurs and entrepreneurs begin to experience growth, the need for more content and someone to write it – or edit it – becomes a necessity. Traditional companies of all sizes also need regular content and occasionally their go-to freelancer is unavailable or they take on a project that requires additional writers and editors. I’m here to help you out.
I’m passionate about sharing the importance of preserving legacy through life story with audiences of all sizes. I also welcome the opportunity to share writing, editing and publishing tips to both beginning and experienced writers.
My organization sponsored a presentation by Dalene Bickel and we were pleased to find that she delivers valuable content in a professional yet personable manner. Her legacy presentations are engaging, interactive and informative – she inspires and equips her audience to take immediate action. The feedback from our members was overwhelmingly positive.
Dalene was a pleasure to work with. Her talent at shaping my words and chapters into a finished product (book) was done with professionalism and ease. She really knows how to structure “happenings” for better flow and makes excellent suggestions. Communication was always top priority and I always felt Dalene kept the project and me on task for deadlines.
Our family history consisted of a few books written by my wife’s mother (she is now 92). One of these books was only available on tape – we were able to retrieve the original from the Library of Congress. The tapes were old cassettes that had many problems with the clarity. Parts of the book were only in Italian. Dalene was able to accurately transcribe the 5 tapes and provide enough information of the damaged parts of the tape to allow us to complete the manuscript. I would highly recommend her for any project that involves transcripts of oral history.