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Susan Stroh Writing Services 2016-11-08T12:48:50+00:00

Susan’s Services

These ladies have been part of my long-running memoir workshop (turned into our ongoing writers’ workshop) for over five years. Each has published at least one memoir or non-fiction book, some are on their third book.

Introductory Service

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.

Coaching/mentoring

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.

Writing

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.

Editing

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.

Proofreading

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

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.

Cover Design

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.

Memoir Workshops

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!

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“From the moment she presented a sample chapter about my father’s past, to her book signings on the occasion of our 50th anniversary, Susan demonstrated creativity, understanding, team leadership and poise in the corporate setting. She is not only talented and professional, but unstoppable in her persistence for completing projects on a deadline. I’d been trying to get this book done for years. Susan wrapped it up in months.”
Robert Anderson Schoepe, President and Chief Executive Officer, Fluidmaster, Inc.
“It has been a delight working with Susan Stroh on my memoir about how I was one of the first female fire fighters and how that shaped my life today, contributing to my success as a trainer and speaker. We went on a writer’s retreat to structure my book, to edit some of the chapters and to plan the rest of the book. It was a process during which Susan was able to bring out the real flavor of my life and show me how to get it onto a page so that the reader would get the full benefit of my experience.”
W.S.W., Author, trainer and speaker

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