Company History Books
There are many important reasons to chronicle the history of a successful enterprise with a corporate history book, company history book, or association history book. Among the first questions asked of your leadership should be: “Who are the most important audiences for the history book?” and, “What is it you would like them to understand about the company that perhaps they didn’t fully appreciate before they began reading?”
A corporate history book preserves the unique culture and reinforces the philosophy, mission, and spirit of the enterprise among current and future employees. As an organization grows, current customers and prospects are not always fully aware of the scope, quality, and innovation of products and services available. Having a company history book will help current and desired customers to become better familiarized with the organization’s scope of operations. No matter if it is your 50th or 75th anniversary, your target audience will feel confident in your organization’s success as they hold your corporate history book in their hands. While you may have been through lean times, challenging events, and periods of exceptional growth, it is comforting for each of your readers to know that you are in it for the long haul. Our company history books will clearly portray that confidence.
Many organizations realize that sustained growth often means a combination of organic growth and acquisition. It is important that acquisition candidates understand the positive cultures, virtues, philosophy, and acquisition history of a prospective parent. Write Stuff will make sure that successful acquisition integrations, synergies, and greater opportunities for the acquired companies and their employees are well chronicled.
Your internal and external audiences, including analysts, institutional shareholders, joint venture partners, and media, have a genuine need to understand your organization. Properly told, your corporate history can boost the profile and positioning of the company with great effect. Each of these groups will use the volume to reinforce their positive opinions of the organization. Through the voices of your leadership, key employees, and key customers, your positive evolution and current initiatives are together pulled into focus to tell the whole story with a well-illustrated and comprehensive corporate history.
Company Anniversary Books
There is perhaps no more compelling time to prepare a comprehensive history of an organization than to commemorate and celebrate a special milestone such as a company anniversary. Nearly half of our extensive library of books chronicling a company history was produced to coincide with a significant anniversary. Such a book will become the cornerstone of a yearlong celebration, and should be readily available on the eve of the company’s anniversary.
From the 20th anniversary of Office Depot, to the 150th anniversary of Pfizer, the company anniversary book is always the first element to be produced, and provides a wealth of benefits to other potential anniversary projects. Once the manuscript is prepared, it contains the best text, illustrations, and captions regarding your corporate history. This thoroughly vetted document can be used to vastly accelerate other business anniversary-related projects.
No matter if it is your 25th or 100th company anniversary, each of your important audiences will feel confident that you have a venerable organization. You have been through lean times, challenging events, and periods of exceptional growth. A company anniversary book comforts each of your audiences, letting them know that you are in it for the long haul.
A biography or autobiography is a specialized work that requires the highest level of professional direction and focus. Biographical books published by Write Stuff are among the best in this challenging field. For example, our biography of Carl Kiekhaefer, the founder and enigmatic visionary of Mercury Outboard fame, is an iconic and perennial favorite. It required more than 300 in-depth interviews and travel to nine states. At nearly 700 pages, it is extraordinarily thorough.
Previous biography books include the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney, which has become a reference guide without peer to the life of the man who co-founded Pan-American Airlines and co-produced Gone With the Wind, among a dazzling breadth of other accomplishments. Our work is exceptionally discrete and sensitive to the privacy of the families and associates of the subjects of our biography books.
Beyond the art of capturing the personality, accomplishments, and life of an individual, business biography books also serve a number of important goals, particularly when individuals are associated with a thriving business. A business biography book can be a superb recruiting device and a marketing tool for existing and future customers, as well as an important guide for corporate branding, repositioning, reorganization, and merger and acquisition activities.
Company Timeline Books
Not every organization has the time or budget needed to have a full-length, illustrated company history book or a full-length corporate anniversary book prepared in advance of a special event or milestone. An excellent option is to have a corporate timeline book produced. Smaller in format, shorter in page count, the company timeline book is packed with browsable information for the reader. The format allows for all of the traditional features of the larger history volume—harvested quotes from interviews, sidebars, the foreword, introduction, acknowledgments, index, and appendices—as reader-friendly components to a highly-illustrated timeline of historic milestones of the company’s history.