Susan Suffes

smsuff@gmail.com

Selected Works

Education/Self-help
An experienced teacher gives invaluable tips with humor and understanding.
Health
A doctor who specializes in dementia brings a mostly unspoken condition to light.
Relief in seconds for everyday aches and pain from a renowned physical therapist who treats the Duke University football team.
Business
Two brothers, who harness tension to find business success, show how to do it.
Diet/Health
Use brain power—with its appetite-suppressing chemical, serotonin—to lose weight.
Memoir
A day when my grandmother and I learned what "looking away a little bit" meant.

Welcome

Specialization in:
• Business, health, diet, finance and self-help titles
• Guiding authors to define their subjects and best convey their thoughts
• Line editing manuscripts, book proposals and other text for clarity and organization
• Writing articles on nonfiction subjects
• Working with traditional publishers as well as self-publishing business authors
• Creating and editing content for a diverse readership
• Collaborating with professionals on all facets of publishing including art, sales,
marketing, publicity, subsidiary rights and accounting departments
• Supporting publishing efforts with catalog and jacket copy
• Meeting deadlines on simultaneous projects
• Proofreading
• Editing blog copy

“My brother and I had spent a year working on a book together and were really stuck. We hired Susan and she whipped us into shape, helped us select and prioritize what is important." —Chris Wasden and Mitch Wasden, authors of Tension: The Energy of Innovation

My first 15 minutes of author fame were by association. At the age of five I dedicated, on behalf of the children of the United States, the statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park in New York City. My job was to stand next to the Mayor, his son Duncan, and Henrik, the son of the Danish counsel. Henrik pulled my hair.
Since then, with less hair pulling, I’ve written my own stories and co-authored several nonfiction books. Along with the way I’ve also ghosted books and written book proposals. Before that, as an in-house editor at several publishers, including a seven-year stint as a senior editor at Warner Books, I acquired and edited numerous manuscripts.
In 1997 I started Your Book is My Business, Inc., a writing and editing service with a concentration on business, finance, health, diet, real estate, and self-help books. From doctors to CEOs, from physical therapists to hedge fund managers, from life coaches to real estate gurus: I've worked with a wide spectrum of people. Some of the professionals I’ve been fortunate to cross paths with were gracious enough to send me their impressions of our time together. They wrote:

“Susan Suffes is not only a very gifted and insightful writer, but a pleasure to collaborate with. I’ve worked on a number of projects with her, and would undoubtedly do so again.”
—Geoff Brewer, Editorial Director, Gallup Press

“Susan is the person whom Nina and I relied on to shape our book, edit our blogs and enhance our marketing. She is an experienced, effortless writer who manages to maintain the style of the person she is working with while transforming the words into a more organized seamless composition.”
—Judith J. Wurtman, PhD, co-author of The Serotonin Power Diet

“An accomplished editor and writer, Susan Suffes is one of the most dependable and most talented professionals I know. As both a colleague at Warner Books and a fixer and writer of manuscripts I've acquired, she understands the entire publishing process.”
—Rick Wolff, Senior Executive Editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Susan is a professional in the truest sense in that she is as committed to your success as you are. She is both a scientist and an artist; she is a master of editing nuances and details as well as a creative force that will inspire your writing."
—Mark Sanborn, author of the bestselling The Fred Factor and You Don’t Need a Title to Be a Leader

“As the author of five books and hundreds of articles, I have had the experience of working with dozens of editors. For my latest book, I turned to Susan Suffes for a fresh new approach and wow! – She delivered. Her expertise and insights were invaluable and she was an absolute joy to work with. I can’t imagine doing another project without her.”
—Peter Stark, author, The Only Negotiating Guide You’ll Ever Need and Engaged! How Leaders Build Organizations Where Employees Love to Come to Work and President, Peter Barron Stark & Associates

“Susan is not only a great editor—she’s a terrific coach as well. Attention to detail, thoughtful suggestions, and a real understanding of a person’s work is part of the package. To add to that she is a delight to work with, lots of fun, and has a great sense of humor. Having her as my editor at Warner was one of the highlights of my publishing life.”
—Robert Kriegel, Ph.D., best-selling author of If It Ain’t Broke . . . Break It! and Sacred Cows Make the Best Burgers

“Working with Susan, I was blessed with the best experience in my nine years as an author. She pays attention—to the book and most of all to the person. A spirited and talented person who knows the industry and how to get the job done, Susan gives you the advice you need to succeed.”
—Susan RoAne, best-selling author of How to Work a Room and How to Create Your Own Luck: The “You Never Know Approach”