Featured Titles

Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones

Up! How Families Around the World Carry Their Little Ones

Off to Class

Off to Class

Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble

Maggie McGillicuddy's Eye for Trouble

Bailey's Visit

Bailey's Visit


What's new?

Welcome!

I'll be signing and handing out copies of my new picture book What Happens Next (tbp March 2018) at the OLA Superconference in Toronto with fab illustrator Carey Sookocheff. Come and meet us at the convention centre in the OBPO booth on Fri. Feb 2, 2018 from 11 to 11.30.

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My delightful hold-'em-in-pudgy-hands-and-maybe-even-gnaw-on-'em board books are now available at bookstores. The series is called TIME TO, and the three new books are BATH TIME, NAP TIME, and PLAY TIME. Thank you, Annick Press, for making this happen! 

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I've been receiving some wonderful letters from readers recently. (Did I mention how much I love receiving mail??) Here's a letter from Lily and one from Ila! 

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I write, edit, and story coach!

Please enjoy exploring my website and feel free to contact me with any writing questions or work inquiries. I am happy to discuss providing you with a manuscript critiques or developmental edit. I will also consider writing commissions. 

Below are two testimonials about my work. You can read more by clicking on the Testimonials tab above or the button below. 

“Susan is really amazing at proving in-depth manuscript comments of criticism, explanations, and suggestions, as well as a summary of the overall critique. ... Susan is really helpful because her summary notes are not just about the manuscript at hand, they are also about story in general and the kid reader market. ... Susan knows how to edit and look at the story at hand -not the disability of the character -as the story (unless of course, that is the story)." 
- Luda Gogolushko, owner and publisher of Includas Publishing (www.includas.com), a press that brings diversity to readers; Temecula, California, US 

"What I find most constructive about Susan’s analysis of a story are the questions she asks. They have a way of pinpointing the weaknesses that may lurk in the narrative, and always give you a place to begin your revisions. I remember sending her the ms. for Mister Dash and the Cupcake Calamity. I had hit a wall and couldn’t come up with a way to move forward. Susan’s astute questions, in this case of the “what if?” sort, helped me get that picture book story written and ultimately published. Thank you, Susan!" 
Monica Kulling, author of many picture books, such as On Our Way to Oyster Bay: Mother Jones and Her March for Children's Rights (Kid Can),  Grant and Tillie Go Walking (Groundwood), the popular Great Idea series (Tundra), and Master Dash and the Cupcake Calamity (Tundra); Toronto, ON, Canada