Suzan St Maur

Author Coach, Book Publishing & Marketing Advisor

I was an advertising copywriter since shortly before the Boer War and since then have written and had published 36 books of my own: mostly nonfiction plus some humour titles, some revolting poetry and some horror fiction. With my combined experience of marketing and the publishing world I help new authors conceive and write their books, then avoid getting ripped off while producing books we can both be proud of. I am also honoured to be the Baby Mama to the award-winning website resource HowToWriteBetter.net which has a mere 2,000 (nearly) articles and tutorials on how to write anything from a shopping list to a eulogy to a business book. You don’t have to sign up to anything: just help yourselves, so nooooo spam. And yes of course, my accountant is longing to have me sectioned under the UK’s Mental Health Act 1983 because I give away so much stuff for diddly. She’s an understanding person. (Thanks, Julia.)

Author Coach, Book Publishing & Marketing Advisor

Canadian born Suzan St Maur (a.k.a. “Suze”) was transported to the UK when a child and despite resultant cultural challenges managed to leave British secondary school with a couple of “A” levels and no talent for anything other than writing, so her career options were fairly clear cut.

After serving a full journalism apprenticeship on a provincial newspaper, she attended and graduated from the then-famous Watford Art School advertising writing course and worked in London ad agencies as a copywriter for a few years, before deciding she was far too bolshie to be an employee and so became a freelancer.

While comfortably paying her mortgage and bills her work took off into the areas of business theatre and corporate video, in which disciplines she became the Grandma Moses of corporate script and speechwriting for many years.

Suze also developed useful skills as a conference and video producer, largely in emergencies caused by the actual practitioners’ bunking off through illness, drunkenness, excessive use of recreational substances, etc. It’s amazing how fast you can learn to do a job if the person who should be doing it is in la-la-land …

These days Suze concentrates on delivering unique written content and editing across most business and nonfiction genres, in both digital and print media. She enjoys consulting, writing, editing for and coaching clients in addition to running her other business interests, writing her own books, blogs and articles, plus giving blogging workshops, radio interviews, etc., on how to make your writing more successful.