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Contact Susan Stroh 2016-11-03T18:28:01+00:00

Contact Susan

“One of the best things you can do in your life is to explore some part of it by collaborating on a written memoir. There’s great opportunity to grow in courage and insight, discover exciting self-revelations and learn the best way to share your unique take on life and the interactions with the people and events in your world.” Susan Stroh

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Tell me your story! What part of your life do you want to explore and illuminate in print? Please get in touch to discuss your project. I will be so pleased to hear from you. As Anais Nin wrote, “We write to taste life twice.”

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FAQ

Still not sure if we can be of help? Check through some frequently asked questions and then send us a message.

A ghostwriter is the person who writes the book for a client. The client’s name is on the book as author. Susan chooses to say she is a collaborator, because one cannot strictly speaking go off and ghostwrite someone’s memoir. A collaborator works closely with the client, interviewing him or her extensively, working through the writing and editing process, consulting and coaching and even teaching along the way. Sometimes a collaborator’s name is seen on the book along with the client’s name and often not, but a ghostwriter never gets her name on a book as author.
It takes great courage and commitment on the part of the client and writer/collaborator/coach to get a memoir written and edited to the highest quality possible. Paying for each of the five sections ahead of time ensures commitment on both sides. The sections are:

  1. Introductory overview interviews resulting in a plan and program
  2. outline generation
  3. writing; rough draft and further drafts
  4. editing; many passes
  5. production coordination to get the book proofread, typeset, cover design done and printing advice.
Another way of asking this question is: How long does a full-length memoir take and what is involved?

There are many factors to determine how long the memoir writing and editing will take: so Susan has broken the process down into steps.

  • number of preliminary interviews, taped and transcribed and research needed to get the raw material (This is be ongoing, also)
  • Reading the transcripts of interviews and putting the information into files according to categories
  • time to develop a rough structure that will best tell your story
  • developing a rough outline
  • more interviews (on-going)
  • refining the outline
  • Writing the chapters, one at a time and sent to client for approval and input
  • Re-writing chapters
  • Rough editing
  • Breaking down the scenes and putting on 3 x 5 cards
  • Rearranging the scenes to create greatest impact (story is not necessarily linear)
  • Rewriting
  • Editing: pass one for story momentum and impact
  • Editing: pass two for logic, dialogue
  • Editing: pass three to cut the fat, tighten, turning passive verbs into action verbs where possible
  • Editing: other passes as needed
  • Manuscript sent to proof reader
  • Choosing photos and graphics to enhance the book
  • Manuscript sent to cover artist and typesetting if desired
  • Manuscript sent to printer and to Create Space (Amazon).

Other factors that determine how long the book process will take:

  • how much time the client can put in with Susan,
  • whether or not that time is interrupted by vacations, etc.
  • your response time to Susan’s deliverables,
  • how long it takes to find the structure, to write the outline, write the chapters and how much editing is needed.

Most books have taken Susan and her client a year or a year and a half from first interview to a printed copy. But then, most clients have had jobs, and/or family commitments and so on. Ideally, clients can put in intensive time at certain times of the book writing process. The above is a thorough look at the steps needed to create a full-length book. Even though a full length memoir is non-fiction, Susan uses fictional techniques to enhance the story making your experience an immersion, not only in the layers of your life, but also into the world of creative non-fiction, one of the fastest growing genres. Susan has written enhanced company histories and shorter memoirs that don’t require all of the above steps but sometimes add the steps dictated by more of a photojournalistic book, or if an audio book is needed.

It takes great courage and commitment on the part of the client and writer/collaborator/coach to get a memoir written and edited to the highest quality possible. Paying for each of the five sections ahead of time ensures commitment on both sides. The first step will determine the estimated costs of the following sections. The sections are:

Step One: In-depth questions and answers to determine what you want to have at the end of the book writing and editing process, the look of the book, the demographics and all logistics needed to discuss our working collaboration over time.  This results in a plan and program (At an introductory fee of $500)

  1. outline generation TBD
  2. writing; rough draft and further drafts TBD
  3. editing; many passes TBD
  4. production coordination to get the book proofread, typeset, cover design done and includes publishing and printing advice. TBD
Yes! Susan offers specials. When you contact Susan she will tell you about them.

Susan has worked with clients in Colorado, Washington DC, New York, Massachusetts, Tennessee as well as many places in California. She does much of her work interviewing or coaching via Skype, emails, texts, phone calls and snail mail from her office in Southern California. Sometimes, however, it is a necessary for Susan to travel to your location to do interviews, see your environments, photographs and other archival material.

Gina & Brielle Walker, authors of “Delivery Girl”

We needed an editor who was willing to work with us on our mother/daughter memoir who was highly educated, skilled in memoir and screenwriting (because we have been advised this book should also be a film) and who was excited about our journey.

You are exactly what we were looking for! You sifted through our manuscript efficiently yet thoroughly; eliminating anything that distracted from the pure heart and strength of our story and its message.

Thank you for getting who we are and what our objectives for the book are; for making us better writers.

Heide P. Boyden, Author, Coach, Editor

I have had the pleasure of working with Susan Stroh for over twenty-five years. We had a writing partnership for over six of those years.

Together, we have edited  millions of words and written millions more. Working with Susan has been a turning point in my life. It has been with her help and inspiration that I have realized my dream of becoming a professional writer.

Susan is a dedicated work partner. She understands what the word collaboration means and is always willing to hear, embrace and even embellish another’s valid viewpoint. Her professionalism is only enhanced by her friendliness, making working with Susan fun.

Susan knows her stuff. If you want to get your thoughts, your words and your stories known, Susan Stroh is exactly the right person to help you complete your manuscript.

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