Some people call me a book midwife.
Other people are just glad they called me.

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Writing Coach

I help authors develop their books and other writings.

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1:1 Services

Get a professional review of your manuscript, finished or in progress. Ready to publish? Determine your best publishing options. Proposals and query letters written or reviewed.

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Memoir Workshop

Improve your writing skills and get your life stories or book written in this 8-week Zoom workshop, with valuable craft lessons and helpful feedback on writings.

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15-Minute Consultation

Wondering where to begin? A 15-minute consultation can save you hours.

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Client Testimonials

caroline-muir

What a wordsmith extraordinaire! Suzanne took my idea for a book and expertly wrote a proposal that sold. She helped me articulate the book’s essence. Anyone who needs a book writing partner, editor, or proposal writer, Suzanne is a gem.

Robin Fisher Roffer, Founder & CEO Big Fish Marketing

The Fearless Fish Out of Water:  How to Succeed When You’re the Only One Like You

roseanne-chambers

Working with Suzanne has been tremendously helpful. I hired her to help me organize the vast amount of material I have gathered to write a nonfiction book. Her careful reviews of my proposed outlines, my drafts of chapters and suggestions for development of them along with her requests for clarification have been great. She’s friendly and knowledgeable, with helpful creative ideas. She knows the publishing business and her writing skills are impressive.

Roseanne Chambers, Ph.D., Geologist, Geographer, Writer

The Monumental Andes (Forthcoming)

Terilynn-Mitchell-round

Suzanne is my mentor, teacher, coach, and editor. I came to her memoir class eight years ago with a story and subsequently published it in Imitation Fruit Literary Journal. Four other stories Suzanne helped me develop were published in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series. With her help, I’m now completing a book of cat rescue stories. And to think it started with one class!

Terilynn Mitchell

Writer, Veterinary Technician

Recent Articles

Poetic License in Memoir

How true is your story? Can you possibly remember everything important to include in a scene from an event that happened thirty or forty years ago? And what about emotional memory versus fact—the truths you know by experience that can’t be verified by provable facts? With memoir, truth is expected.

Start with Engagement

Where do you start a story? Whether you’re writing a short memoir or a book, you need to draw a reader in right away. Here are a few ways to do it. Use An Emotional Hook Emotional hooks engage. Readers feel something, they’re curious to know what will happen. They

How to Safely Skip Ahead

 A memoir student asked me recently if it was okay that she was skipping ahead in the chronology she planned for her story. She was jumping a time period of several years to write about a part that came more easily to her to write. The material she was skipping

My Book

Girlhood in America

Personal Stories 1910 – 2010

Pop culture.

Personal stories.

A stunning century comes to life.

There’s so much to learn from and enjoy in these 56 lively personal stories from around the country and throughout a century — from 1910 to 2010.

Discover a new way to understand life.

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