About Suzanne

 

 SUZANNE-SHERMAN-Book Consultant

I’m dedicated to helping writers put their good words into the world.

– Suzanne Sherman

 

I am an author, editor, and veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. My clients have published with Chronicle Books, Wiley & Sons, Ten Speed Press, and a number of others. I have also helped authors successfully self-publish.

Some of my memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they consider me an invaluable guide. 

After graduating with a degree in creative writing from UC Santa Cruz I began my publishing career as a magazine editor at Women’s Sports & Fitness, at twenty-three. Following that I was an associate editor at Ortho Books and a regular freelance editor for Ten Speed Press, Chronicle Books, and other Bay Area publishers for ten years before opening my own editing business in the mid-1990s. I am the author of two books, one published by Temple University Press, the other self-published (Girlhood in America: Personal Stories 1910 – 2010) in 2017.

I believe in the power of the personal and take great pleasure in helping transform the story of experience from truth to art. I know that well-written memoir can be more than a good entertainer, it can be a great teacher. I have been a speaker on memoir at the California Writer’s Club, the Story Circle Network Conference, and the National Memoir Writers Association. I was a consultant for writers at the 2018 San Francisco Writers Conference.

Besides this I am a memoir teacher, working with hundreds of people and critiquing thousands of short memoirs in my twenty-two-year career. Since 1996 I have taught memoir intensives at the University of California and at Southern Oregon University, and I taught memoir year-round for twenty years at Santa Rosa Junior College. I have taught online memoir courses for several colleges, and privately. I currently teach a weekly memoir workshop in the North Bay in California and will be offering a teleconference program.

I live in Sonoma County, where I write, study piano, take lizards away from my orange tabby cat Sunshine, and work with writers from around the country and around the world from the beauty of my countryside office.

About Suzanne

Suzanne Sherman is a veteran publishing professional, with thirty-five years in the field and a specialization in memoir and other nonfiction. Her clients have published with Wiley & Sons, Chronicle Books, Ten Speed Press, and a number of smaller publishers. She has also helped many authors successfully self-publish. Some of Suzanne’s memoir students and coaching clients prefer to write for personal pleasure or to create books for family, and they call her an invaluable guide.

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