BOOK CONSULTANT

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.

SCHEDULE A FREE 15-MINUTE CONSULTATION

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.

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