Memoirs — Planned or In Progress

Do you have an idea for a memoir, a book in progress, or a complete manuscript and would like a publishing professional’s help determining what’s needed to make your book as good as it can be?

In a half-hour telephone or videoconferencing call we can discuss your book and your concerns about it. Next, you can email your manuscript as a Word or Pages doc (I respect your privacy and never share your material). I read the manuscript and return it to you with written notes addressing its strengths and with suggestions for areas of improvement. My review considers these essential aspects of a salable memoir:

• central topic

• narrative arc

• use of theme(s) threaded through book

• effectiveness of scenes

• use of dialog

• pacing

• characters (development and consistency)

A 1-hour call follows the return of your manuscript with notes so I can answer any of your questions. If your manuscript needs significant development, we can discuss that next step.

Do you have a book idea and haven’t started writing?

In a consultation for a book idea, we discuss its possibilities and help you plan it out. Please see my coaching services for details on the one-on-one development assistance I offer.

Other Nonfiction Books

If you’re writing or considering writing a nonfiction book that is not memoir, we’ll follow the same process as with a memoir consultation, starting with a half-hour phone call and proceeding from there as needed. For 30-plus years, I’ve helped authors create and complete nonfiction books, including self-help books, business books, informational books, travel books, cookbooks, gardening books, and books with regional interest.


We’ll get you on your way.

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.


Start Writing Right!

These 7 easy-to-follow essentials can get you started right or help you fine-tune your writing in progress. It’s a short, info-packed resource to help you improve on a good idea and give you the tools to build your exceptional story.