CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
Capture your authentic story in rich & relatable narrative
Carry your values & wisdom forward to future generations
Steward your living & lasting legacy for your family

"Our experience with Renown's storytelling process has been heartwarming and memorable. We never dreamed it could be so life-giving. Our entire journey has been exemplary and remarkable." 

— Stan and Amy Reiff

Your Family's Story is the Most Important Part of Your Wealth. Let Us Capture It.

You’ve faithfully built a life through blood, sweat, and tears. But have you…
  • Stewarded your mission for future generations? 
  • Codified your values through the power of story?
  • Empowered next-gen inheritors with purpose? 

“If there is not intentional communication ... it's tantamount to withholding affection.You didn't just get where you are overnight—and your kids and grandkids need to hear those stories."

— Russ Crosson

THE LEGACY 
STORYTELLING EXPERIENCE 

Steward your life's purpose by capturing and cultivating your story
A partnership with Renown Publishing surrounds you with literary professionals to guide you through the experience of producing and printing your legacy story so that you can make a generational impact through values-based continuity—without overloading your schedule. 

We call it The Legacy Storytelling Experience: a powerful process that brings focus and intentionality to communicating your heart and mission to future generations.

For 1 hour of your time per week, you will embark on a 16- to 18-month transformational journey that clarifies values and purposes, strengthens generational bonds, stewards valuable wisdom, cultivates deep family roots, empowers next-gen impact, and fosters peace of mind. It looks like the following:
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML

Document Your Story

Unearth gems inside of you as you discover how your values were forged.
Personal Interviews: You meet with us 2-4 times per month to reflect on meaningful moments & share your authentic story.

Printed Family Memoir

Pass on your values through storytelling rather than instruction.

Family Heritage Video 

Capture memories & inspiring moments shared during your interviews. 
Cinematic Heirlooms: We capture your legacy story in written and visual form so that your purpose & values carry forward to your children's children. 

Letters to Loved Ones

Cultivate familial harmony & resolve any unfinished business.

Signet Rings

Foster ancestral pride and honor with a mark of your family's lineage.

Legacy Boxes

Present your book & mementos to family in beautiful heirloom boxes.
Virtuous Mementos: We help you develop tangible & heartfelt messages & gifts that will ripple with love & wisdom for generations.

You are the Guide—Not the Hero

The Legacy Storytelling Experience is a journey that bestows dignity and respect beyond the patriarch or matriarch, adds meaning to people's lives, and provides a roadmap for keeping your family going in the right direction, for the right reasons, with the right people.

Your Experience Awaits . . .

CAPTURE

Your Story
  • Meet Guides
  • ​Personal Interviews

WRITE

Your Story
  • Story Outline
  • ​Cinematic
    Manuscript

REVIEW

Your Story
  • First Draft
  • Letters to Family

REVISE

Your Story
  • ​Second Draft
  • ​Interview Highlights

PUBLISH

Your Story
  • Final Draft
  • ​Legacy 
    Boxes
What Family Storytelling Promotes
  • “…higher levels of self-esteem, competence, and fewer behavior problems." — Psychology Today
  • “…higher levels of emotional well-being, identity achievement, self-worth, and the ability to plan for the future.” — The Atlantic
  • ​“… lower levels of anxiety and depression … [and] increased resilience.” — Washington Post

Your Experience Awaits...

18 months from publication

CAPTURE

YOUR STORY
  • Meet Guides
  • ​​Personal Interviews

10 months from publication

WRITE

YOUR STORY
  • Story Outline
  • ​​Cinematic Manuscript

6 months from publication

REVIEW

YOUR STORY
  • First Draft
  • ​​Letters to Family

2 months from publication

REVISE

YOUR STORY
  • ​Second Draft
  • ​​Interview Highlights

1 month from publication

PUBLISH

YOUR STORY
  • Final Draft
  • Legacy Boxes

Don’t Share Too Little of Your Story Before It’s Too Late.

The Legacy Storytelling Experience champions what you stand for and 
weaves timeless tales into a rich, captivating message.
Showcase all who have contributed to your life's milestones in a 
memorable, relatable, and inviting way.

Convey a Strong Sense of 
History, Purpose, & Vision

We highlight what has distinguished and shaped your life—solidifying the transfer of familial knowledge and demonstrating why values matter and how they contribute to the overall purpose and mission of your legacy.
Foster connectedness and timeless principles that bring your loved ones together in achieving greater societal impact.

Earn Trust & Buy-In From Future Generations

Renown Publishing aims to help your great grandchildren see themselves in your legacy story so that they feel connected to you at a profound level and opened to your wisdom.
Shine a light on the difficulties you've faced and the decisions you've made that have solidified your values, core beliefs, and vision for your family.

Why Renown Publishing

Renown Publishing is a transformational experience that helps patriarchs and matriarchs document & pass on their family legacy—without overloading their schedule. We are an elite team of publishing professionals devoted to helping you shape, 
write, and steward your values-rich story. Renown has written, edited, and worked on hundreds of books (including New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today best-sellers, and the #1 book on all 
of Amazon). 
  • Our vision is for the greatest transfer of wealth in history to come as values—not valuables. 
  • Our mission is to help high-impact families capture their values & cultivate familial harmony through the power of story.
  • Our moonshot outcome is to empower next-generation inheritors with a strong sense of identity & purpose, inspiring virtuous acts that leverage billions for human flourishing.
  • ​Our Legacy Storytelling Experience helps you connect to the human heart through the power of story so that you can pass on character qualities and ideals to your children and grandchildren for generations to come.

The Founders

In 2008, Renown Publishing founders Caleb and Brittney Breakey were arrested on their honeymoon for allegedly robbing a bank. Seven squad cars surrounded them—guns drawn—but when officers closed in, all they found were a couple of writers who were definitely not Bonnie and Clyde. Caleb sold that story to Chicken Soup, he and Brittney invested their wedding money in literary education, and together they haven't stopped telling stories since.

Caleb's professional career started in New York City, covering the Yankees for MLB.com. He loved interviewing professional athletes and sharing their stories, but it didn't satisfy his desire to impact lives through the written word. So after two years as a sports journalist, he and Brittney moved into a retirement community, where they served as night managers. The job gave them the opportunity to experience a treasure trove of age-defying relationships and to work on their adventurous writing and publishing endeavors—all the while making the occasional emergency call between 6 p.m. and 8 a.m. 

Their literary pursuits during this chapter landed them literary agents, opened doors to traditional fiction and non-fiction book contracts, and inspired them to establish their own writing and publishing agency that has gone on to craft over 200 books, some earning spots on esteemed bestseller lists like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and securing Amazon's #1 book ranking.

Caleb and Brittney’s belief in the unique power of individual narratives, rife with struggles of acceptance, faith, fear, forgiveness, and love, deeply informs their life's work at Renown Publishing. They believe the best way to bridge the divide in a family is through the binding influence of shared stories, which contain the power to heal and transform. This ethos drives them each day, shaping the impact they hope Renown Publishing will impart on the world.

Our Values & Guiding Principles

  • Integrity: Make decisions based on honesty and strong moral principles
  • ​Empathy: See the world through the eyes of the people around you
  • Reliability: Be direct in communication and do what you say you'll do
  • ​Ownership: Solve problems creatively and be accountable for results 
  • Redemptive: Work to produce deep, restorative change in people's lives
“Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone."

— Proverbs 22:29

T

he most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.
“Observe people who are good at their work—skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don’t take a backseat to anyone."

            — Proverbs 22:29

8+

publishing pros
in your corner

200+

authors trust our guidance

400k+

hours saved by our process
“Story is the most powerful way to transform the human heart." 

— Ted Dekker

CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”

-Steve Jobs

Meet Your Legacy Guides

We are heart-forward storytellers, passionately guiding you on a journey to create a living, breathing family memoir that unveils your most cherished values and becomes a powerful tool for your family's future.

Caleb Breakey—Book Director

Caleb is a dedicated wordsmith, gifted interviewer, and passionately committed to truthful storytelling. He is the founder of Renown Publishing, creator of the Speak It To Book method, and published traditionally in both fiction and non-fiction. He lives in Washington State with his wife of 15 years, Brittney. Together, they enjoy writing, coffee dates, playing CLUE, and visits from three mischievous mini huskies and a smiley Shiba Inu. 

• ECPA Book Award finalist, winner of the ACFW Genesis Award, and teacher at numerous writers conferences.

Former award-winning journalist of numerous star athletes and professional musicians

Steve—Storyteller

Steve is an exceptional writer hailing from Atco, New Jersey, and has spent a lifetime harnessing the power of storytelling to transport readers to extraordinary places. From his early days in grade school, he has cultivated a remarkable ability to ignite the imagination and captivate audiences with his literary creations.

Armed with a bachelor's degree in journalism from the esteemed Boston University, Steve's time at university not only sharpened his writing skills but also instilled in him a passion for capturing the essence of the human experience, a characteristic that permeates his work to this day.

Brittney—Storyteller

With over 400 author interviews to her name, Brittney's passion for literature intertwines seamlessly with her innate gift for discovering the essence of captivating narratives. She is a distinguished editor and wordsmith, and has honed her ability to delve deep into the hearts and minds of literary giants—unearthing the stories behind their masterpieces. 

Her meticulous attention to detail and unwavering dedication to the written word ensure that every sentence, paragraph, and short story she touches becomes a work of art. Her ability to craft compelling narratives and refine raw manuscripts is a testament to her unparalleled talent and passion for her craft. 

Tim—Storyteller

Tim, a seasoned journalist with a gift for crafting narratives, holds an esteemed portfolio that encompasses contributions to TIME, Sports Illustrated, Popular Mechanics, Forbes, New York Times, and Wired. His role as a researcher and contributor to television and video productions underlines his versatility and multifaceted talents.

Residing in the serene Pacific Northwest, Tim, alongside his wife and three daughters, embodies a legacy of storytelling excellence. With an unwavering commitment to his craft, he is an integral part of our team and brings warmth and insight to every interview. 

Jennifer—Storyteller

Jennifer is a distinguished storyteller and experienced writing consultant, here to craft and elevate your legacy narrative with utmost care and precision. Navigating the realm of legacy storytelling requires a skilled hand—one that not only respects your unique vision but also understands the depth and significance of the tales you wish to share. Jennifer, with her unwavering passion for stories that stand the test of time, is your trusted companion on this journey.

In the world of legacy storytelling, where every word is a brushstroke painting the canvas of history, Jennifer is the artist who meticulously weaves your stories into a tapestry that will endure for generations to come. With Jen by your side, your legacy is in the hands of a storyteller who understands the power of words and the significance of the narratives that shape our lives.

Mike—Storyteller

Rooted in the Midwest, Mike brings authenticity and relatability to his narratives, capturing the essence of the human experience. Through compelling storytelling, he invites readers to delve into narratives that resonate with depth, leaving a lasting impact on hearts and minds.  

Beyond his literary achievements, Mike is a devoted family man, drawing inspiration from the complexities of familial relationships. His stories beautifully intertwine suspense and genuine characters.


Lance—Partnerships

Lance is a virtuoso orchestrator of purposeful connections, creating harmonious bonds for generations to come. With a profound gift for discerning partnerships that empower aspirations, Lance conducts strategic unions that resonate beyond transactions.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Lance is a devoted partner and father, nurturing wisdom within his own family. His life is a tapestry of boundless curiosity, creative problem-solving, outdoor adventures, and shared laughter. As a shareholder of the Green Bay Packers, he embraces community and collective success. 

Eric—Acquisitions

In the realm of legacy storytelling, Eric stands as a guiding light, assisting inquiring patriarchs and matriarchs with unwavering commitment and genuine warmth. Eric understands the profound importance of crafting a legacy that reflects the true essence of individuals and their families, and he embraces the responsibility with utmost care.

Eric helps patriarchs and matriarchs navigate the intricacies of their legacy desires, working diligently to ensure that their visions are translated into tangible and lasting legacies. 

Joy—Publishing Concierge

Joy is the consummate orchestrator of impeccable client experiences. With her unwavering dedication and keen attention to detail, she ensures that each client receives exceptional service throughout their legacy storytelling journey, embodying the essence of hospitality in its truest form. From initial contact to the final stages of the process, she goes above and beyond to ensure that every client feels valued, supported, and guided every step of the way.

Savannah—Finances

Savannah has a keen eye for detail and identifying financial solutions. She excels in her ability to analyze complex financial landscapes, ensuring that all moving parts are handled with precision and efficiency. Her exceptional organizational skills ensure that each task and responsibility receives the attention it deserves. 

In the world of finance management, motherhood, homeschooling, and doula work, Savannah's ability to navigate diverse arenas with grace and expertise is truly remarkable. 

T

he most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.
“The most powerful person in the world is the storyteller. The storyteller sets the vision, values and agenda of an entire generation that is to come.”

            — Steve Jobs

your story is the solution

Opportunity

Your children and great grandchildren are seeking a purpose greater than themselves.

Solution

Through the power of story, you can articulate your vision and values. 

Opportunity

Memory is constructed of narrative, making stories 7X more memorable than facts.

Solution

Distilling your values into narrative makes loved ones significantly more likely to remember what they stand for.
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML
CUSTOM JAVASCRIPT / HTML

Let's Shape, Write, & Share Your Legacy Story

A life is only as good as its story. 

Stories have the power to stimulate meaningful dialogue, win trust, strengthen familial bonds, and fortify a living and lasting legacy.   

Harness the natural power of your story and pass the torch to your kids, grandkids, and great grandkids for generations to come. 

Connect with Renown Publishing founder Caleb Breakey directly at caleb@renownpublishing.com to set up a personal consultation.

W

isdom is better when it’s paired with money, especially if you get both while you’re still living. Double protection: wisdom and wealth!​
Wisdom is better when it’s paired with money, especially if you get both while you’re still living. Double protection: wisdom and wealth!​

             — Ecclesiastes 7:11-12

FAQ

Can you provide examples of families who have successfully implemented your storytelling approach?

We are working with our inaugural clients and the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Our clients are deeply engaged in our storytelling experience, finding it both transformative and empowering. "Our experience with Renown's storytelling process has been heartwarming and memorable," say clients Stan and Amy Reiff. "We never dreamed it could be so life-giving. Our entire journey has been exemplary and remarkable." 

How do you ensure that the values & stories are effectively carried forward to future generations and actually impact their decision-making?

Our approach is rooted in the power of storytelling to “transmit, not teach” values. Authentic storytelling shapes behavior, and the purposeful intention and physical presence of a beautifully crafted book, heirloom gift boxes, and heartfelt letters directly from the patriarch or matriarch to each family member serve as powerful reminders of the values and legacy being passed down—reinforcing the importance of those principles in everyday life.

What happens if the next generation does not resonate with or fully embrace the 
family's values despite this process?

Ultimately, our approach respects the individuality and free will of each person while providing them with a powerful resource to draw upon—a shared story and set of values that can provide guidance, comfort, and inspiration during their most defining moments. Our process fosters accessibility and a level playing field between you and future generations, allowing for open dialogue and understanding.

How do you determine the cost of your service?

Our quotes take into account the expertise and time dedicated to conduct deeply personal interviews, curate and edit memorable moments into a moving video tribute, craft a meticulously written family memoir, facilitate heartfelt letter-writing from the patriarch/matriarch to each family member, present heirloom gift boxes to the family, and collectively provide a transformational experience. While our pricing reflects the extensive work involved (experienced memoir writers alone command $100,000+), we are open to discussing flexible options tailored to meet specific needs.

How do you address skepticism or resistance from patriarchs and matriarchs who may be hesitant to invest in this process or see its value?

Whether good or bad, every patriarch and matriarch on the planet is creating their legacy—it is an inescapable truth. The decision not to share their legacy story can only result in a ruination of missed opportunity (see studies referenced in Psychology Today, The Atlantic, and the Washington Post). By engaging in our transformative process, patriarchs and matriarchs ensure that their values and wisdom remain accessible to future generations during their most defining moments. This lasting impact allows their legacy to transcend time and positively shape the lives of their loved ones for generations to come.
Copyright © 2024 | Renown Publishing