I help writers get started and get further with their writing, whether it’s for personal pleasure or for planned publication. Genres I specialize in: memoir, nonfiction (self-help, instructional, historical and regional interest). You’ll have a sense of accountability and structure for getting your writing done and the flexibility to choose your coaching session times and frequency.

For writers interested in writing a memoir, I help with all aspects of book creation, including:

→ crystallizing the central topic idea

→ outlining the book

→ identifying theme(s)

→ identifying reader takeaways

→ planning the structure of the story

Our coaching sessions are individualized to suit writers’ needs. They can include my review of new material you’ve written a chapter or section at a time, with written my feedback and follow-up discussion by phone, or they can be weekly phone calls to discuss any of your writing concerns.


SCHEDULE a free 15-minute call to get started.

I take calls on Tuesdays and Thursdays.


Writers are as unique as their projects and much of what’s needed is discovered once a coaching program is underway. Here are a few of the ways writers benefit by working with me as their writing coach.

Are You Considering a Memoir?

I offer creative solutions. We’ll uncover your storyline (plot) and identify themes and key turning points to build your book around.

Do You Have a Memoir in Progress?

I help writers stay true to their goals for their book, reviewing chapters as they’re written and offering feedback. Writers learn to find and use a consistent, natural tone and receive feedback on essentials of good memoir, such as character development, dramatization, pacing, and the use of scene and narrative.

If You’re Writing Other Nonfiction

Informational, self-help, and how-to books require a format appropriate to their topic. I help identify the most-effective format, assist with the outline as needed, and offer helpful feedback as the book develops.


Where Are Coaching Sessions Done?

Coaching is done by telephone or in my online office using Zoom or Skype. We meet in 30- or 60-minute sessions. I recommend setting a regular time that fits with your schedule and gives you consistency and structure.

What Coaching Sessions Include

• Discussion of any topic of your choice.

• Review of written material emailed to me in advance of our scheduled call.

• Optional recording of sessions delivered by email.

What Coaching Sessions Do Not Include

• I do not edit your written material. (See my editing services to get that kind of help.)

• I do not act as an agent for your book, but I can provide recommended resources.

How Coaching Sessions Are Paid

Coaching packages give you a discount on the hourly fee and can be used in 30- and 60-minute sessions within 90 days (3 months) of purchase. Choose the package you’d like below, then schedule your coaching appointment in the box below.

Package I: 3 hours: $485
Package II: 6 hours: $895

Hourly Coaching Fee: $165, Half-Hour $85


SCHEDULE a free 15-minute call to get started.

If you schedule a coaching session using the calendar below, please be sure to include your contact information. I will call you at our appointed time. If you would like me to read material you’ve written in advance of our call, please email first to arrange the details.


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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