Parting Gifts


Goodbye to my online class students! This is the end of the month-long blurbing workshop I gave through the Heart of Carolina chapter. If you’re from my online class, post a comment here for a chance to win an autographed book (your pick!) from my backlist! πŸ˜†


  1. Pat Sider says:

    Hi, Suzanne,
    Fabulous course for you writers out there. I highly recommend it. I also recomment Cole Dempsey’s Back in Town. I enjoyed it.
    I’ll be looking for your courses in the fall, Suzanne. Until then have a nice summer.

  2. Dawn Hunt says:

    Thank you for taking time to teach the online blurb class. I learned SO much, and just in time to pitch at a conference next weekend. I feel a hundred times more confident now, and understand how to tighten an idea into a sentence – something I struggled with for years! I look forward to the opportunity to take more of your online courses, perhaps even to see you live if you do any workshops out New England way.
    Thanks again!

  3. Cathy McClain says:

    Thanks again Suzanne, I feel like something inside of me has been set free…corny, I know. But it’s very liberating to know the key has been turned and I really can do this. Thank you for clarifying and showing us examples, and most of all, thanks for your time. It’s the most precious gift.
    With warmest regards,

  4. Gayle Glass says:

    Great class! I learned a lot and have already put my new skills to good use. Thanks for taking time away from your own writing to help others acheive their dream. I look forward to seeing you at the next HCRW meeting.

  5. Karen Holthof says:

    Loved the class and learned alot. Hope I can put it all to good use I am anxious to try sending out my letter to agents with my new blurb. Loved COLE DEMPSEY’S BACK IN TOWN couldn’t put it down.

  6. Edie Ramer says:

    The class was fabulous! No wonder so many people took it–your reputation has gotten around. I’m eager to finish my wip and start querying. πŸ™‚

  7. Amy K. says:

    Hi Suzanne!
    Your class was amazingly helpful and I know I’ll drag out the notes every time I put together a blurb. I feel much more confident about it now. πŸ™‚

    Thanks so much for all the time you put into helping us learn this skill!

  8. Mary says:

    I’m sure your students loved you. You’re such a great teacher.

  9. Diane Burke says:


    This course was the best online course…or any course for that matter…that I have ever taken. I am published in nonfiction but have been struggling in fiction. This course was like a light in a dark room. Saying thanks will never be good enough…but thanks!

  10. Suzanne says:

    Celeste-my-sister, you were not in the class! Where is one of those whacking emoticons when you need one???

  11. Victoria Trout/Heidi Swift says:


    What a wonderful Class. I offer cudos for all the work you did. Such a HUGE class. 😯 I learned a LOT and plan to see if I can blurb for some of the books I have read lately, just to see if I come close to what they have! Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge!

    Your grateful student,
    Victoria Trout/a.k.a. Heidi Swift
    P.S. LOVE the smilies! πŸ˜›

  12. Olga says:

    Suzanne, I didn’t take the class with the chapter, so I don’t qualify (but I loved your workshop about blurbs on eHarlequin).
    I read Cole Dempsey’s Back In Town and couldn’t put it down! Had to keep turning the pages!

  13. Michelle says:

    You definitely are a great teacher, Suzanne. πŸ™‚

  14. Melinda says:

    Great class, Suzanne. I certainly learned alot and plan to come back to all your suggestions next time I need to write a blurb.

    Melinda 😎

  15. Pam says:

    Thank you again, Suzanne. I feel so much better about my blurbing skills. Your list of blurb elements will be a permanent addition to my file of β€œmust haves.”
    Your skill–and your patience–was nothing short of astounding.


  16. Kaylie says:


    I can’t thank you enough for sharing your brilliant blurb process with us. It’s completely changed the way I think about stories from Day One. The tools are incredibly useful and you are a wonderful, supportive coach. I’m telling everyone I know about you, your course, and… of course… your books! πŸ™‚ Please let us know if you every do another class so we can talk it up like crazy.

    All the best,

  17. Vicki Wasserman says:

    Hi Suzanne,

    I can’t tell you how glad I am I took your blurbing class. It sucked the mystery right out of taglines and blurbs. It’s great that so many people shared their work on the loop and that we got to see your comments — wonderful for learning. Thanks for giving up so much of your own time to teach us. I just started reading Cole — Love it.

  18. Jenn says:

    This was such a wonderful class–I’ve learned so much. Thank you very much for your time and consideration!


  19. Alfie Thompson says:

    Hope I win! Great class, Suzanne. Thanks for all your help. Are you giving a workshop in Reno??? I plan to be on the front row if you are.:wink:

    Alfie Thompson
    Lights! Camera! Fiction: A Movie Lovers Guide to Writing Fiction
    In bookstores, Spring 2006

  20. Kate McMurry says:

    Suzanne, the blurb workshop was fabulous! It has literally changed my writing life. I feel so blessed that you gave us your valuable time and priceless insights. Thanks so much! πŸ™‚
    –Kate McMurry

  21. Katie says:

    Hi, I’m one of Suzanne’s critique partners and she’s asked me to
    randomly draw the winners for the online class contest. I feel so important!
    (sorry, Celeste, your name didn’t get in the drawing!!)

    Congratulations to:

    Vicki Wasserman
    Diana Burke
    Edie Ramer

    Yay!!! πŸ˜†

  22. Suzanne says:

    Thanks, Katie!

    Vicki, Diana, and Edie–go to my Books page and scroll down to see my booklist. Let me know what your pick is! Click on the Email link in the sidebar and send me your address so I can send your book!

    And thanks to everyone for being in the class! πŸ˜€

  23. Sonja (from HCRW) says:

    Hee, I know I’m too late for this but thought I’d post a comment anyway. πŸ™‚