Hi! I'm Dalene Bickel

Author | Book Coach | Legacy Speaker | Founder of Lasting Legacies

Undoubtedly, you have many questions – about personal biographies as well as my qualifications. I encourage you to read more about me by scrolling below and to spend some time reviewing the other pages on this site.

In addition, I invite you to contact me with your specific questions.

My Background

I’ve always had my nose in a book, primarily nonfiction and historical fiction. In high school, I was one of the few students who enjoyed the research phase of history reports and loved all of my English classes. By the time I reached college, I knew that I was going to do something with writing and books, but I wasn’t sure what.

As I earned a dual degree in English and History from Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA, everyone told me I was crazy to obtain a liberal arts degree, but I had faith that something good would come of it. Then, during my junior year of college, I completed an accelerated internship with the University of Pittsburgh Press. Immediately, I fell in love with the publishing world and knew that editing and book publishing was going to be my career.

Since that time, I’ve gained extensive knowledge of the publishing industry, working most of my career as an editor for both small publishers and large university presses. My personal writing has appeared in local and national publications, including the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, and I have served as a freelance copywriter for various companies.

But it’s my business, Lasting Legacies, that brings me the most joy and satisfaction. It combines not only my love for writing and history, but also my passion for positively impacting others by helping them preserve their legacies.

Dalene Bickel - Lasting Legacies

Where I’ve Been Featured

Encouraging Dads Project

Encouraging Dads

Biographers International Conference Panelist

Biographer’s Int’l Conference Panelist

Growing Bolder


Back Porch Writer Podcast

Back Porch Writer

What My Clients Say

Dalene is very admirable, witty and a great historian. She makes you feel at ease as you tell about the story…and gives you all the right answers to help you meet your dream.

Herbert J. Pittman

It truly was a delight working with Dalene. She went above and beyond when it came to the design, creation and editing of the 2011 JDRF Hope Gala commemorative book. We were on a short deadline for this project, and Dalene was able to meet all our deadlines in order to receive the finished product 2 weeks before our event. Thank you Dalene!

Erin Mabry, Branch Manager, JDRF Coastal Carolina Branch

Why I Became a Personal Biographer

I founded Lasting Legacies in 2006 because I recognized that many people understand the value of their story and want to create a high-quality, privately published book but they don’t have the time to write it themselves and don’t understand the self-publishing process.

These people desire a comprehensive, done-for-you service and that’s what I created: a personalized experience for each project combined with an exceptional finished product.

This remains true today. I continue to specialize in life stories, as well as corporate and organizational histories. I not only write (or co-author) the manuscript, but I also oversee all aspects of the custom publishing process.

The ability to help individuals and companies create distinctive, purpose-driven legacies is such an honor. I look forward to helping you with yours!

My Pledge to You

I realize that you have many options when it comes to writing and publishing your life story, which is why I commit to providing you with the attention to detail and exceptional service that you expect and deserve. Your satisfaction with both the process and the finished product is my top priority.

About Dalene

Dalene Bickel is an author, book coach and ghostwriter of nonfiction and historical fiction who loves to help beginning writers become established authors.