Suzanne Sutherland

Suzanne Sutherland - Editor

Toronto, ON, Canada

Children's and YA Editor @ HarperCollins and author of books for kids and teens with more than 10 years experience.

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Hello! I'm a dedicated children's publishing professional with more than ten years experience, and I love spending my days on both sides of the editorial desk.

As an editor, I have worked on an array of bestselling and award-winning titles from board books to YA, and with a wide range of authors and illustrators, from debuts to seasoned professionals. As an author, I have published three novels for young readers—with another on the way in 2021! My experience as a writer makes me deeply empathetic as an editor; trust me when I say that I know how tough this road can be. It's most definitely easier when you walk with someone who knows the way well.

I got my start in publishing at the award-winning independent, Groundwood Books. At Groundwood, I mentored under the singular Sheila Barry, and worked with star creators such as Mariko Tamaki and Sydney Smith on the press' eclectic list of poignant and diverse picture books, middle grade, YA, and graphic novels. From Groundwood, I took the reins of my own list at HarperCollins, where I am thrilled to publish such luminaries as Kenneth Oppel (GG and Printz Award-winning author), Emma Donoghue (internationally bestselling author of ROOM), and Kim Smith (NYT-bestselling illustrator).

I believe in the importance of balanced feedback! I'm guilty of using exclamation marks, emojis, and a few too many vowels (yaaay!) in my thoughtful and nuanced editorial evaluations. With my help, you can transform your writing—and have some fun along the way. :)

And in case you'd like to take someone else's word for it:

"Thank you to Suzanne Sutherland. You were the best kind of editor—thoughtful, generous and this book’s biggest cheerleader. Thanks for helping me take this book—and these characters—to where they needed to go." —Brian Francis, author of the Governor General's Literary Award finalist Break in Case of Emergency

"Thank you to Suzanne Sutherland for her careful guidance in editing and shaping our journey from Riverton's magical ice rink to a slough in Saskatchewan." —Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor, co-authors of nationally best-selling Ice Chips Series

"Thanks to HarperCollins's wonderfully astute editor, Suzanne Sutherland, for finding the characters and stories I'd missed in Short For Chameleon. It's a much better book because of her." — Vicki Grant, award-winning author of Short For Chameleon and 36 Questions That Changed My Mind About You

"Suzanne is one of the most exciting and accomplished young editors in the country." — Iris Tupholme, Senior Vice President and Executive Publisher, HarperCollins Canada

"I would wager that she is probably one of, if not the top children’s book editor in Canada." — Patrick Crean, Publisher and Editor-at-Large, Patrick Crean Editions
Languages
English (CAN)
English (UK)
English (US)
Fiction
Middle Grade
Picture Books
Young Adult

Work experience

Children's and YA Editor

HarperCollins Publisher LTD
December, 2015 – Present (over 4 years)

Acquires and edits titles on the Canadian children’s publishing program. Select titles include Governor General's Literary Award-finalist BREAK IN CASE OF EMERGENCY by Brian Francis; the nationally bestselling ICE CHIPS series by Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor, illustrated by Kim Smith; INKLING by Kenneth Oppel, illustrated by Sydney Smith; CANADA ABC, CANADA 123, and CANADA ANIMALS by Paul Covello; and BE MY LOVE by Kit Pearson.

Portfolio (15 selected works)

The Ice Chips and the Magical Rink

Roy MacGregor, Kerry MacGregor

If you could travel through time, who would you want to meet?Lucas Finnigan eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. With his friends Edge, Swift and Crunch, Lucas plays on his hometown’s rink, dreaming of the day when he knows he’ll make the NHL. But lately money has been tight at home, and, after a major growth spurt, Lucas is forced to wear hand-me-down gear that doesn’t quite fit right. Now he’s ... read more

If you could travel through time, who would you want to meet?Lucas Finnigan eats, sleeps and breathes hockey. With his friends Edge, Swift and Crunch, Lucas plays on his hometown’s rink, dreaming of the day when he knows he’ll make the NHL. But lately money has been tight at home, and, after a major growth spurt, Lucas is forced to wear hand-me-down gear that doesn’t quite fit right. Now he’s ... read more

Inkling

Kenneth Oppel

Get ready—a little ink blot is about to become your new best friendThe Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say.Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. Then one night the ink of his drawings ru... read more

Get ready—a little ink blot is about to become your new best friendThe Rylance family is stuck. Dad’s got writer’s block. Ethan promised to illustrate a group project at school—even though he can’t draw. Sarah’s still pining for a puppy. And they all miss Mom so much more than they can say.Enter Inkling. Inkling begins life in Mr. Rylance’s sketchbook. Then one night the ink of his drawings ru... read more

Be My Love

Kit Pearson

One summer will change everything.For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family. This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too m... read more

One summer will change everything.For as long as she can remember, Maisie has spent her summers on Kingfisher Island. She and her beloved cousin Una run wild, and Maisie feels the warm embrace of her big, extended family. This summer Maisie needs that escape more than ever. But now everything on Kingfisher has changed: Una has returned from her mainland school a sophisticated young woman too m... read more

Boxitects

Kim Smith

New York Times–bestselling illustrator Kim Smith’s author-illustrator debutNothing’s better than building with boxes!Meg is a brilliant and creative boxitect. She loves building extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes and impressing her classmates with what she creates. But then a new kid comes to Maker School: Simone. Simone is good at everything. Worst of all, she’s a boxitect t... read more

New York Times–bestselling illustrator Kim Smith’s author-illustrator debutNothing’s better than building with boxes!Meg is a brilliant and creative boxitect. She loves building extraordinary things out of ordinary cardboard boxes and impressing her classmates with what she creates. But then a new kid comes to Maker School: Simone. Simone is good at everything. Worst of all, she’s a boxitect t... read more

Canada ABC

Paul Covello

A is for Arctic, B is for Beaver ...Paul Covello’s gloriously bright and detailed board book for the very young highlights Canada’s iconic symbols, souvenirs and events, including the Dogsled, Inuksuk, Loonie, Totem Pole and the Zamboni machine. From the author of the beloved Toronto ABC.

A is for Arctic, B is for Beaver ...Paul Covello’s gloriously bright and detailed board book for the very young highlights Canada’s iconic symbols, souvenirs and events, including the Dogsled, Inuksuk, Loonie, Totem Pole and the Zamboni machine. From the author of the beloved Toronto ABC.

Crimson

Arthur Slade

A ruthless queen. An ancient god. One brave girl and an impossible choice.For over a thousand years, Queen Servilia has ruled the world of Illium. Using magical red dust mined from the earth, she has enslaved her subjects, enforcing uniformity and sameness to maintain her absolute power. But in Village Twenty-One, wild magic is growing. Fen, a young girl whose hand has been cut off as punishme... read more

A ruthless queen. An ancient god. One brave girl and an impossible choice.For over a thousand years, Queen Servilia has ruled the world of Illium. Using magical red dust mined from the earth, she has enslaved her subjects, enforcing uniformity and sameness to maintain her absolute power. But in Village Twenty-One, wild magic is growing. Fen, a young girl whose hand has been cut off as punishme... read more

Bloom

Kenneth Oppel

The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s explosive new trilogyIt was just rain.But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.Suddenly—They. Are. Everywhere.They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed.Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secre... read more

The first book in bestselling author Kenneth Oppel’s explosive new trilogyIt was just rain.But after the downpour, odd black plants begin to shoot up.Suddenly—They. Are. Everywhere.They take over fields and twine around houses. They bloom and throw off toxic pollen—and feed.Strangely, three Salt Spring Island teens seem immune. Anaya, Petra and Seth. What’s their connection? What’s their secre... read more

The Ice Chips and the Haunted Hurricane

Roy MacGregor, Kerry MacGregor

Practice makes . . . a perfect storm?The Ice Chips are facing a big hurdle at their hometown rink in Riverton. Their biggest rivals, the Stars, have a major advantage, with better gear and a state-of-the-art arena. Without more ice time, the Chips just can’t keep up. Fortunately, the team has a secret weapon: their magical rink, which allows them to travel through time and meet their hockey he... read more

Practice makes . . . a perfect storm?The Ice Chips are facing a big hurdle at their hometown rink in Riverton. Their biggest rivals, the Stars, have a major advantage, with better gear and a state-of-the-art arena. Without more ice time, the Chips just can’t keep up. Fortunately, the team has a secret weapon: their magical rink, which allows them to travel through time and meet their hockey he... read more

Past Tense

Star Spider

How do you live after death?Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it—she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that h... read more

How do you live after death?Julie Nolan is a pretty average girl with pretty average problems. She’s been in love with her best friend, Lorelei, ever since they met in grade three. Only Lorelei doesn’t know about it—she’s too busy trying to set Julie up with Henry, her ex, who Julie finds, in a word, vapid.But life gets more complicated when Julie comes home to find her mother insisting that h... read more

The Undoing

Jennifer Sommersby

The most dangerous magic must be destroyedGenevieve Flannery’s family inheritance is both an invaluable gift and an unspeakable curse: Genevieve is one of the heirs of the Avrakedavra, a trio of ancient texts capable of preserving everlasting life–or eroding it completely. Burdened with the power of untold magic and tormented by those who would seek to exploit it, Genevieve knows that the thre... read more

The most dangerous magic must be destroyedGenevieve Flannery’s family inheritance is both an invaluable gift and an unspeakable curse: Genevieve is one of the heirs of the Avrakedavra, a trio of ancient texts capable of preserving everlasting life–or eroding it completely. Burdened with the power of untold magic and tormented by those who would seek to exploit it, Genevieve knows that the thre... read more

Canada Animals

Paul Covello

The latest title in Paul Covello’s winning Canada board-book series features wondrously detailed illustrations for the very young, highlighting some of Canada’s most beloved and iconic creatures. From the author and illustrator of the national bestsellers Canada ABC and Canada 123.

The latest title in Paul Covello’s winning Canada board-book series features wondrously detailed illustrations for the very young, highlighting some of Canada’s most beloved and iconic creatures. From the author and illustrator of the national bestsellers Canada ABC and Canada 123.

The Ice Chips and the Invisible Puck

Roy MacGregor, Kerry MacGregor

The third title in the beloved and bestselling Ice Chips series by acclaimed authors Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor and illustrator Kim Smith, featuring a vibrant and diverse cast of characters and inspiring hockey greatsWould you play on a team with your worst enemy?Lucas Finnigan and his friends on the Riverton Ice Chips know a thing or two about time travel—at least, they’ve been learnin... read more

The third title in the beloved and bestselling Ice Chips series by acclaimed authors Roy MacGregor and Kerry MacGregor and illustrator Kim Smith, featuring a vibrant and diverse cast of characters and inspiring hockey greatsWould you play on a team with your worst enemy?Lucas Finnigan and his friends on the Riverton Ice Chips know a thing or two about time travel—at least, they’ve been learnin... read more

Good Night, Good Night

Dennis Lee

Good Night, Good Night collects some of Dennis Lee’s best-loved poems on the themes of bedtime and dreaming, brought to life by the warm and whimsical art of award-winning illustrator Qin Leng. This board book is the perfect nighttime read-aloud for the very young.

Good Night, Good Night collects some of Dennis Lee’s best-loved poems on the themes of bedtime and dreaming, brought to life by the warm and whimsical art of award-winning illustrator Qin Leng. This board book is the perfect nighttime read-aloud for the very young.

The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup

Roy MacGregor, Kerry MacGregor

The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

The Ice Chips and the Stolen Cup has descriptive copy which is not yet available from the Publisher.

Break in Case of Emergency

Brian Francis

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Text Dads can be such a drag Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but e... read more

Finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Young People’s Literature–Text Dads can be such a drag Life has been a struggle for Toby Goodman. Her mother died by suicide five years ago, and her father left their small town before Toby was born. Now a teenager living on her grandparents’ dairy farm, Toby has trouble letting people in. She keeps even her closest friend, the brash but e... read more

Suzanne has 2 reviews

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Stephen Castro
I just started writing my first children's book and Suzanne helped me out A TON with understanding how things are done. She was very friendly, patient, communicative, and knowledgable. She left great feedback of how I can improve the story, and I will definitely come back to her if I write anything else in the future :)

Stephen Castro, July 2020


Sumaya Conners
Suzanne and I are just starting our collaboration. However what she has done up to now is very satisfactory. I will continue with her when I have finished writing what she has recommended.

Sumaya Conners, July 2020

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