A suite of tailored services for independent authors

Whether you’re writing your first book or your tenth, I offer the services you need to write and self-publish your nonfiction or historical fiction book.

Don’t see what you’re looking for? Send me a detailed message and I’ll get back to you with a proposal.

Book Coaching

Editing & Self-Publishing



Book Coaching

Biography - Life Story

1-on-1 Customized Writing Assistance

You know you want to write a book. You’ve probably even started to write your story. But something is preventing you from finishing it.

Maybe a major life change placed your writing on the back burner. Or you’ve begun to doubt your ability to write your story. Or the writing process has become overwhelming.

If this describes you, know that book coaching is a non-threatening, supportive and invaluable solution to help you overcome your writing challenges and successfully complete your book. As your coach, I’ll follow-up with you on a consistent basis and provide constructive feedback in a friendly, encouraging manner.

Unlike group courses, individual book coaching provides you with the customized information you need, when you need it. Everyone writes at different paces, in different styles and with different goals. If you need to spend multiple coaching sessions on the same issue, we’ll do it. Whatever it is that you’re struggling with, we’ll address it in order to get you focused and productive.

My coaching is designed to meet your needs and achieve your end goals.

I had written a linear outline of my life experiences, which had taken me about ten years to document. It was accurate and detailed, but had no form, told no story in a readable fashion that would spark a reader's interest. Fortunately, I found Lasting Legacies and Dalene Bickel. Working with her has been a pleasant experience and has made the difference in bringing forward my voice and the enhancement of my life experiences. I recommend Dalene to anyone who wants detailed and professional help with writing and publishing their story.

Charles E. Johnston

Editing & Self-Publishing

General Nonfiction
Edit Your Story and Print a Beautiful Book

Congratulations! You’ve written your complete manuscript!

But you’re not done yet. Before you upload the file to be printed or compiled into an e-book, you need to make sure that your manuscript is error free and attractively designed. You also need to know which printer will best meet your unique publishing needs, whether you want to print as few as one copy or as many as 3,000.

Sound overwhelming? It doesn’t have to be!

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.

Connie Hill


General Nonfiction

The Ultimate Done-for-You Book Package

When Lasting Legacies Press was founded in 2006, its sole service package was ghostwriting the life stories of individuals and self-publishing those legacies.

After ten years of successfully writing and publishing numerous legacies, as well as editing and self-publishing a wide variety of nonfiction books, I wrote my own book (a how-to book) in order to help build my entrepreneurial business.

I’m pleased to offer two distinct and specialized ghostwriting services:

Business Books

As an entrepreneur or thought leader, you know your subject matter inside and out. You’ve heard what a book can do for your business. You’re ready to write that book.

But your schedule simply won’t allow for you to do it yourself. Or you don’t feel confident enough in your writing skills. Whatever the reason, you’re looking for an experienced professional to write your book, oversee the publishing details and help you reach your business goals.

Life Stories

You understand the importance of preserving your beliefs, experiences and wisdom. You want to leave a meaningful written legacy for your children and future generations.

Yes, you could take the time to learn how to write it yourself, but you understand the intrinsic value in hiring someone to write it for you.

The JDRF commemorative book, Hands of Time, designed and executed by Dalene Bickel is a treasure beyond compare.  Not only was the creation of the book handled in a professional and timely manner, the final product will always be a valued keepsake.  The book, masterfully edited, through pictures and words, captured the essence of the members of our JDRF family and their families' journey living with Type 1 diabetes.

Anna Maynard


BIO Panel

Need a Speaker?

I’m passionate about preserving individual legacies through life story, helping thought leaders leave their mark through practical business books and assisting nonfiction authors.

I welcome the opportunity to share one of my three signature presentations at your next event:

  • Book Your Busines
  • Your Life in Words
  • Authorpreneur Essentials

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.

Susan Silver, Aging in Place Downtown Wilmington
About Dalene

Dalene Bickel is an author, book coach and speaker who helps nonfiction authors successfully write, develop and self-publish their books.