I have edited numerous books and am the author of many, including AN ASSASSIN IN UTOPIA (Pegasus, 2023); TITANIC: LEGACY OF THE WORLD'S GREATEST OCEAN LINER (Time-Life Books, 1997), a 14-week New York Times bestseller; PEARL HARBOR: AMERICA'S DARKEST DAY (Time-Life Books, 2001); AMELIA EARHART: THE THRILL OF IT (Running Press, 2009); SAN FRANCISCO: ARTS FOR THE CITY (Heyday, 2012); SF JAZZ: THE FIRST 30 YEARS (Chronicle Books, 2012); CALIFORNIA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES: ARCHITECTURE IN HARMONY WITH NATURE (Chronicle Books, 2008); STANFORD: PORTRAIT OF A UNIVERSITY (Stanford University, 1999); and THE OLYMPIC SPIRIT: 100 YEARS OF THE GAMES (Collins, 1995).
I have also worked on assignment around the world and served as correspondent on the Titanic Research and Recovery Expedition, blogging daily from the site of the Titanic in the North Atlantic.
I'm a Stanford University graduate with a B.A. in English and communication/journalism and an M.A. in history from San Francisco State University.
Specialties: Writing and editing; corporate, academic, narrative, organizational, and family history and memoir development.
Clients have said:
"Whenever I work with Sue on a project, I have absolute confidence that the book will be phenomenal. Not only is she a great writer and editor, she is a terrific collaborator. Sue is inquisitive, curious, and brings passion and professionalism to all that she does. She has deep research skills and captures the tone and voice that fits each subject. We have worked on multiple projects over the years, and each one has been a complete success. When a great project comes my way I always think of her first. She is the best."
"I couldn’t have asked for a better partner. [My] book has benefited immeasurably from her fine writing skills and excellent judgment every step of the way. I can never thank Susan enough for that collaboration and her innumerable contributions to the final product.”
“Susan is a phenomenal writer, editor, mentor and colleague. Her talent and passion shines through in all that she does to support a collaborative, organized, and most effective writing process. Her capacity to capture a voice that is true to an author, relevant to the subject matter they must address, and then most accessible to an audience is outstanding. Susan is a gem to be admired for all that she brings to a project.”
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