What do you really want to create? Using an extensive questionnaire, Susan and you discover the look and content you want to have at the end of the writing/editing process. As a collaborative team you and Susan clarify focus and vision, the scope of the project, your purposes, preliminary design ideas and demographics targeted by the book.
Susan guides the project, keeps you focused and moving, schedules and establishes periodic targets so as to achieve completion. She teaches elements of storytelling and editing as needed.
Susan conducts in-depth interviews of you and others needed to tell your story, edits transcripts of interviews, researches, outlines, writes—in partnership with you. Together you and Susan discover your story; character, voice, structure and shape the narrative to capture your voice, your passion, and your growth through time.
Susan makes as many passes over the written material as needed for deeper discovery of character development, narrative build and momentum and to ensure every word, sentence, paragraph and chapter has purpose and furthers the story. She checks dialogue and all the other elements needed to make for a moving, concise and precise manuscript ready for publication.
Susan’s professional proofreader looks in depth, not only for errors in spelling, punctuation and grammar, but also for typos, word usage, consistent capitalization and continuity.
Typesetting is the art and mechanics of designing the “look” of the inner pages of the book. Layouts including headers, fonts, title treatments, the positioning of text with photography or graphics, and line spacing.
The cover of your memoir is the first page of your story. Under Susan’s guidance, you may choose to work closely with one of our professional artist/graphic designers to create a cover that beautifully conveys the message of your story.
Audio Book Production
Susan directs a professional voice-over actor selected to bring your book alive under the supervision of the sound engineer in his studio. This is edited into an audio book with specially composed music to go between chapters.
Susan gives memoir workshops once a week, four hours a day in ten week increments. The workshop can be extended for as long as members want instruction and guidance throughout the development and completion of their books. Ideal size: 6 – 8 writers. Join one or put together one with your friends and Susan will lead it!