About Suzanne

 

 SUZANNE-SHERMAN-Book Consultant

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

– Suzanne Sherman

 

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.

Suzanne began her publishing career as a magazine editor at Women’s Sports & Fitness. She 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 her own editing business. She is the author of two books, one traditionally published (Temple University Press), the other self-published (Girlhood in America: Personal Stories 1910 – 2010).

Suzanne believes in the power of the personal story and likes helping transform the story of experience from truth to art. She knows that good memoir can be one of our greatest teachers. Suzanne has been a speaker on memoir at the California Writer’s Club, the Story Circle Network Conference, and the National Memoir Writers Association. In 2018 she will appear at the San Francisco Writers Conference, offering editorial consultation for writers.

Besides being a book editor and speaker, Suzanne is also a veteran memoir teacher. She has taught memoir through the University of California Extended Ed, at Southern Oregon University, at Santa Rosa Junior College for 20 years, and has taught online memoir courses at several colleges. She has taught memoir writing to hundreds of new writers and critiqued thousands of short memoirs in her career. Suzanne currently teaches a weekly memoir workshop in Sebastopol, California and offers online and teleconference programs.

Suzanne’s educational background includes a BA in creative writing at University of California, an MFA at San Francisco State University, and coursework in screenwriting at UCLA and at the Squaw Valley Writer’s Conference. She was a script reader for HBO Pictures in Los Angeles, reviewing scripts for development executives. After that, she returned to the Bay Area in 1991, where, she says, she smiled for an entire year she was so glad to be back. Suzanne lives in Northern California, writing, playing piano and ukelele, and working with writers from around the world from the beauty of her 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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