Let’s Write Together
How Can We Work Together?
For the last twenty years, I've been entrenched in the publishing industry, building and structuring books, connecting writers with agents, building author platforms, designing long and short book launches and helping new and seasoned writers win top literary awards and hit bestseller lists.
And what I learned during this tenure is that books pick their authors. If you are hearing the whisper of a book, drop everything and follow it. Quit your day job? Hell yeah. If you surrender to it, if you allow yourself to be chosen, your writing will give you a hundred thousand times in return.
Below are some of the ways you can use me as your genie in the bottle. Remember that the work we do together will be within the framework of the Gateless methodology, which fuses creative brain science, industry savvy skills and tools, and radical nurturing to bring domain-changing work into the world. In this methodology we lean into your greatest strengths, the energy of the work, and the power of what you are doing in the world to manifest your singular genius in the form of a book.
The Gateless Power Consult with Enterprise Building:
Before Bob Litwin's bestselling book Live the Best Story of Your Life was ever a book, we sat down to an in-depth consult about how to begin. Thinking of Bob's work as an enterprise, rather than a book helped us find ways to approach big media outlets like the New York Times and to turn what he was working on into a clear brand with a unique methodology. From there, we were able to attract high profile clients, develop online course material, craft pitches to big media, and create throughlines for speaking engagements.
Today he is a bestselling internationally-acclaimed author, his book is now distributed by Random House and has put Bob on the map as one of the most powerful voices in personal development today.
The power consult gives you a lens through understanding that your work is not just a book but a movement, a brand and an enterprise from which you can create multiple avenues for income generation and exposure. In an unprecedented approach this session engages with your deepest most innate power. The Gateless consult sets beautiful fire to your mission so you can move forward with not just a book but a career. Tell me your story and we can begin: firstname.lastname@example.org
"Suzanne and I worked together in fantastic bursts of creative energy, and I learned the craft of not only writing and selling the book, but also branding myself as an author and building a platform. Almost as soon as I finished my final draft, I was offered a contract and got my first book deal!" ~Jane Miller, Boulder Colorado.
Publicity Consult, Agent Find and Proposal Creation:
"Can you help me create a platform?" Huda al-Marashi had just finished her now critically-acclaimed memoir First Comes Marriage, and her agent passed her to me because, though Huda had already been in some of the country's top media outlets, she needed more exposure for her book as she went to sale.
Through several consult sessions, Huda and I developed a powerful publicity plan that involved speaking engagements, major media outlets and leveraging venues for a first launch that would get her book seen. Not long afterwords, she was seeing her and her work profiled in the Wash Post, the New York Post, VIDA, Tin House, and Smithsonian's Book Dragon.
Other writers, like Cam and Vicki Sokolik, come for consultation because they have a drafted proposal but need to make it industry ready. Cam, Vicki and I worked on their proposal over the course of a few months. I provided them the names of the top agents I knew in their field so that they could sell North American publishing rights to the top houses in NY. They are now choosing between a list of some of the very best agents in New York.
Book proposals have a very definite structure and format that agents and publishers are looking for and very few consultants know how to create that.
These are master level consults with writers of any genre who need a bridge and a guide to the industry. Writers usually start with a 90 minute consult that includes a sample read of the work and an interview on the page. To set one up, write to us here: email@example.com
Full Manuscript Read with In-Depth Summary:
When Jen Waite first asked me to read A Beautiful, Terrible Thing, I sat on my couch and read it in a day. After only minor edits, she wound up with my favorite boutique lit agency in New York, and her memoir went to auction. It was published by Penguin Random House. She just sold her second book (a novel) this spring. Is it always that easy? Sometimes!
And sometimes the author has taken on the epic task of the Great American novel, like Susan Strecker, whose manuscript was 500 pages when she sent it. She was hungry for the wild intricacies of craft, and we worked together on and off for months on the literary mastery she has captured today. When the novel was done, she signed with one of the top agents in New York, went to auction in under a week and was offered one of the biggest book deals of the season. She just came out with a new novel this year.
Full manuscript reads can change an author's life. If you have spent endless hours with the page, avoided family, work and sleep to dive into the book you were meant to write, a full manuscript read can give the work an eye toward the sale, to find out what works, and the clear next steps to finding it a home. The right industry map can deliver it to an agent’s hands and the bookstore shelf.
This is an extremely fragile time. The full manuscript read meets the work on its own terms and makes sure that we always keep the work's integrity and your own vision at the forefront.
Price and time of a full-manuscript read depend on length of the work. Tell me about your book: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book signing with one of my memoir writers, Kasey Mathews, and her fantastic literary agent, Dede Cummings. Yeah Kasey!! Her memoir Preemie is published by Hatherleigh, distributed by Random House and was awarded the Reader's Choice Award!
Therapeutic Care and Scribe Channeling for Writers:
With therapeutic care, we break through the stumbling blocks that trip writers up and can feel maddening, debilitating and demoralizing. Why aren't I writing? Why is there never enough time to do what I really want to do? Everyone else having success, and I feel like I'm sitting still.
Sometimes these blocks come from an external source. When Laura Belgray was introduced to me, another editor had (mistakenly) told her she didn't have anything that would sell on the New York publishing market. Looking at her material, it was clear that the editor had a block to seeing the brilliance in the content. The work could easily be formed into a best-selling proposal. A year later, after working on the prop and the content together, Laura found her dream agent and sold to Hatchette in a very sweet deal.
Breaking through blocks is one of the biggest steps a writer can take toward the vision of who she wants to be in the world. When we work together, we open a treasure chest that might contain anything from familial fears and former relationships to fragility around failing or rejection. In therapeutic care, you receive a combination of deep inquiry and profound nurturing so that you can begin to feel the sweetness of your unique creative genius and move into your best vision of yourself.
Sessions can range from 90 minutes to a weekend intensive and include charting your career course and some powerful resources to get you there. Writers who sign up for therapeutic care sessions often experience dramatic shifts in their lives both on and off the page. In-person sessions include Thai head massage and Reiki. Please contact me if you feel you want to fly: email@example.com
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"Suzanne and I met when I signed up for one of her retreats...over the next few years, she passed me the tools of the craft and helped me see where my innate talent was. The memoir I built just got picked up by one of the biggest agents in New York!" ~Mary Okoye, Tucson, Arizona
The Gateless Writers' Academy: If you are looking for a trusted mentor who can take you to the highest vision of your dreams as an author, if you wish you had a network of support to cheerlead you on when you hit the page, if you wish you could talk to literary luminaries on the road ahead of you, The Academy is what you are looking for. Each semester a select number of new and seasoned writers are invited to join in this intimate, intensive experience which is the Gateless Writers' Academy, to learn more visit us here:Gateless Academy
Retreat Your Way to the Book of Your Dreams:
One of the absolutely best ways for you and me to work together is for you to come on a salon-style writing retreat where we spend four uninterrupted days focusing on your writing, breathing life into your story and giving you the attention you deserve as a writer. Come away with me and a small group of writers to be massaged, pampered, fed and supported. At retreat we push past your creative limits and make your writing dreams come alive. These retreats include deep guided meditations, a body worker on staff to help you feel held and supported in the body and tons of writing and sharing your work with an encouraging audience. If you are interested, come visit the retreat page: suzannekingsbury.net/writing-retreats/
Not Sure What You Need? There are a thousand ways to work together from killer website copy, to blog writing and beyond that might not quite be on this list. Drop me a line telling me your story, and I will respond within the week. Can't wait to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org