Susan’s professional background is in librarianship, publishing and editorial, and historical research. For her, it’s always been about the written word.
In 2002 she gained a Ph.D in Anglo-Jewish history at the Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations, University of Southampton. She continues to research and write on her subject, with a book in preparation for publication.
She has worked in trade and academic publishing sales for Ward Lock, Headline (as a member of their first sales team launched in 1986; today the imprint is part of the giant publishing group Hachette Livre) and Gower (now part of Routledge) where she was UK Sales Manager and then European Sales Manager. She’s also worked in bookselling for Dillons (later absorbed into Waterstones) and Blackwells.
In 2001, in the final year of her Doctorate, she set up Clio Publishing Ltd, an imprint helping non-fiction authors and researchers to self-publish in the arts and humanities, and which she ran for 13 years. On one multi-book project she copy-edited and proofread close to 3 million words.
She has written copy for advertising campaigns, “blurb” for books, content for websites and social media, blogs, press releases, features, flyers, advance book information flyers, editorials and long reads. She has undertaken research for advertising pitches and business growth.
Past and current clients include Barrett Howe plc, Glace Rare Iceberg Water, National Justice Museum, Nottingham, SENSE, Winchester School of Art, Lord Rothschild (Windmill Hill Archives, Waddesdon Manor), AJEX, British Sociological Association, Exbury Gardens, Darren Northeast PR, University of Hawaii, Bosworth Battlefields Survey funded by Leicestershire County Council and the Heritage Lottery, and numerous non-fiction authors in the UK and overseas.
Susan specialises in assisting authors in refining their manuscripts for publication. Writing for history and historical research consultancy is also a proven area of expertise.
But it’s not all work and no play. Susan enjoys reading (hardly surprising) especially history, biography, art history, and crime fiction. She’s an avid reader of Private Eye, loves browsing in secondhand bookshops, watching crime drama on television, visiting art galleries and quirky museums, rummaging in archives, and listening to BBC Radio 4 and 4Extra. She also bakes a mean madeira cake.