Susanna Forrest

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Berlin, Germany

Memoir, self help, history and nature: developmental editor and copyeditor, writing teacher, ex-bookseller and former literary agent's PA.

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"Writing nonfiction is more like sculpture, a matter of shaping the research into the finished thing." – Joan Didion.

In twenty years in publishing I've edited leading authors, shaped and polished books, shepherded writers through to completion of their work, typed contracts and worked the tills at a bookshop to see what the public really buy. Having worked with a wide range of publishers from Penguin Random House to Atlantic Books and Hay House, I've edited across genres.

I'm here to help you find a path through your book, teasing out clear themes and arcs that give it depth and dynamism. I'll also help you perfect the text line by line in a way that enables you to build your own skillbase. I spend a lot of time working with authors of biographies and memoirs in my evening classes here in Berlin but I also love self-help, history and nature-based titles.

Let's see what we can achieve together!

Languages
English (UK)
English (US)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Entertainment
Health & wellbeing
History
Nature
Self-help & Self-improvement
Social & Behavioral Sciences
Sports & outdoor recreation

Awards

  • Sophie Coe Prize for an essay on Food History 2016
  • Society of Authors Authors' Foundation Award 2012

Work experience

Editor and Writer

Self-employed
September, 2004 – Present (about 14 years)

Journalist/essayist/book reviewer published in New York Times, The Times, the Guardian, Daily Telegraph, New Statesman, Spiegel Online, The Atlantic, Literary Hub, the Literary Review, Scotland on Sunday, Der Freitag, Paris Review Daily, Nowhere magazine (Fall 2017 Travel Writing Finalist), Atlas Obscura, Zoomorphic, Culturised.

Critically acclaimed author of two nonfiction titles, The Age of the Horse: An Equine Journey Through Human History (Atlantic Books, 2016) and If Wishes Were Horses (Atlantic Books, 2012). Contributed chapters to scholarly collections.

Creative nonfiction editor at SAND literary journal, Berlin.

Ghostwriting, bookdoctoring, editing and commercial writing for; Hay House; Gawker/Gridskipper; Business Franchise; Gradjobs; Gerad Kite; Dropping Knowledge; Wuppertal Institute; Ebury Press/Random House and Virgin Books. Overseeing, writing and completing book-length projects or blogs.

Editing, transcreation and translation for ReThink for Volkswagen and ERGO; Der Spiegel Brexit Issue; European Commission; Egmont Royal Institute, Brussels; ECIPE Brussels; European Payments Council; Bertelsmann Stiftung; Blinkist; Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich; Harper Collins; Headline Review; Endeva; Martinus Nijhoff; Piet Zwart Institute; Spectormag; GALERIE EIGEN + ART; Mots Slow; grant applications; academic papers and cover letters. Providing feedback and editing for a wide range of writers from political scientists to erotica authors and molecular biologists; literary and commercial translations; art catalogues and special publications.

Teacher of Creative Nonfiction

The Reader Berlin
January, 2016 – Present (almost 3 years)

Teacher and coach in creative nonfiction, offering Introduction to Creative Nonfiction evening course; Advanced Workshops for students with ongoing book-length projects, and day-length workshops on the personal essay and academic writing.

Editor and copywriter at Fab.com

Fab
September, 2012 – September, 2013 (about 1 year)

Manager of a team of copywriters; editing; training staff members; problem-solving in a high pressure, fast-paced environment that involved researching and turning out large amounts of copy daily. Building structures for efficiency, teamwork and improved quality in a brand new start-up with constantly shifting requirements.

Weekend Bookseller

Waterstones Cambridge
January, 2005 – August, 2005 (7 months)

Assistant editor, Erotic Review

Erotic Review magazine
September, 2002 – September, 2004 (about 2 years)

Commissioning and editing short stories, articles and reviews. Working with authors including Sarah Waters, Michel Faber, Anthony Bourdain and DBC Pierre.

Literary Agent's Assistant

Sheil Land Associates
April, 2000 – September, 2002 (over 2 years)

Assistant to Vivien Green, literary agent. Drafting contracts, dealing with permissions, author liaison, assessing manuscripts, general admin.

The Amazing Power of Animals

Gordon Smith

Packed with real life stories, this book reveals the unconditional love that animals give to their owners and how they can remind us of how simple life can be and what the purpose of our life really is.

Packed with real life stories, this book reveals the unconditional love that animals give to their owners and how they can remind us of how simple life can be and what the purpose of our life really is.

Through My Eyes

Gordon Smith

Opens a window onto author's own life to describe how the world looks through his eyes. This title walks the reader through author's own spirit-filled world and explains what it actually feels like when the spirits communicate through him.

Opens a window onto author's own life to describe how the world looks through his eyes. This title walks the reader through author's own spirit-filled world and explains what it actually feels like when the spirits communicate through him.

Why Do Bad Things Happen

Smith Gordon

The child who dies of a terminal illness, the mother of a young family killed by a drunk driver, the young boy who takes his own life because he is bullied at school, the children massacred when a crazed person takes a gun into their school. So many lives seem to end tragically - world renowned medium Gordon Smith looks at why. In his work as a medium Gordon is constantly asked why a person ha... read more

The child who dies of a terminal illness, the mother of a young family killed by a drunk driver, the young boy who takes his own life because he is bullied at school, the children massacred when a crazed person takes a gun into their school. So many lives seem to end tragically - world renowned medium Gordon Smith looks at why. In his work as a medium Gordon is constantly asked why a person ha... read more

Big Brother The Inside Story - The Completely Unauthorised, Unofficial Truth Behind the Reality as Told by Those Who Lived It

Narinder Kaur

But what do the producers really do? Do they edit to create characters? Can they really make or break a star? And what do the contestants think? Do they feel used or do they relish the opportunity? What is life after the show like for them? This book attempts to answer these questions about the annual TV show Big Brother.

But what do the producers really do? Do they edit to create characters? Can they really make or break a star? And what do the contestants think? Do they feel used or do they relish the opportunity? What is life after the show like for them? This book attempts to answer these questions about the annual TV show Big Brother.

If Wishes Were Horses: A Memoir of Equine Obsession

Susanna Forrest

If Wishes Were Horses Entertaining, beguiling and surprising in equal measure, If Wishes Were Horses is the story of one girl's childhood obsession with ponies and the complex relationship that women have had with horses across the centuries. Full description

If Wishes Were Horses Entertaining, beguiling and surprising in equal measure, If Wishes Were Horses is the story of one girl's childhood obsession with ponies and the complex relationship that women have had with horses across the centuries. Full description

Intimate Adventures of an Office Girl

Sienna Lewis

Paperback. Pages: 320 Publisher: Random House 'I work in a pretty ordinary office from 9 to 5. I could be the receptionist in your building. Or the girl next to you on the bus reading a copy of Metro. And I'm wondering. what happened How did I turn from a spotty teenager into this femme fatale who can't stop falling in and out of bed 'Following a bad eakup. twenty-something Sienna Lewis resolv... read more

Paperback. Pages: 320 Publisher: Random House 'I work in a pretty ordinary office from 9 to 5. I could be the receptionist in your building. Or the girl next to you on the bus reading a copy of Metro. And I'm wondering. what happened How did I turn from a spotty teenager into this femme fatale who can't stop falling in and out of bed 'Following a bad eakup. twenty-something Sienna Lewis resolv... read more

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Zaake DC

Susanna provided valuable feedback and edits for me. She was extremely thorough in her edits, and I hope to work with her again. Would definitely recommend!

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Zaake DC, August 2018

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