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Books: Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the author of eighteen children's books (published or forthcoming) including Tons of Trucks, Shoes for Me!, Robots, Robots Everywhere! and The Hug Book. Her background is in copywriting, public relations, and marketing. Her articles and essays have appeared in O the Oprah Magazine, Huffington Post, Writer's Digest,, Daily Candy Kids,, and more. Her Oprah article was chosen for inclusion in O's Little Books of Happiness (Flatiron Books/Macmillan). Fliess has also written a collection of Palace Pets 5 Minute Stories for The Walt Disney Company.

Her picture books have received honors from the Society of Children's Books Writers and Illustrators, have been used as curriculum tools in schools, in museum educational programs, and have even been translated into French. She's a member of SCBWI, The Children’s Book Guild of DC, and is available for book signings, school visits, and speaking engagements. Sue lives with her family and a Lab named Charlie in Northern Virginia.

Fee: Varies but usually:

*One presentation: $400
*Half-day (two presentations): $650
*Half-Day PLUS Program (2 presentations + a breakout session): $725
*Full day (3-4 presentations) [fee for Virginia schools]: $800
[$.57/​mile for schools outside of Ashburn, VA, possible hotel room]
*Full day (3-4 presentations) [fee for out-of-state schools]: $1000
plus travel expenses where applicable (airfare, mileage, hotel, meals)

She is happy to mix and match some breakouts in lieu of assembly presentations too--just ask! She is always building new presentations. Fee is negotiable when a book sale is included as part of the school visit. Fee varies for presentations for adults.

Availability: Sue is an experienced speaker for all ages. School visits, book clubs, writing workshops, library readings, talks, etc. Also available to speak to groups of aspiring adult writers about the writing process and the business of children’s books, the publishing industry and breaking in, as well as talking to students at school career fairs about making a living as a writer.
Features: Sue loves meeting with students, teachers, librarians and aspiring authors to talk about writing, reading, and publishing. She’s a humorous, high-energy speaker. She does PowerPoint presentations, hands-on activities, as well as more casual book talks and workshops. She is an active speaker and panelist at regional conferences, universities, and book festivals. Watch this short video about her school visits.

Presentations (45 minutes includes a preso, reading, q & a)
1. Write What You Know (Research what you don't!) The differences between fiction and non-fiction, how to research for both, and a closer look at my process behind Robots, Robots Everywhere!
2. The Truth About Writing is a fun interactive true or false quiz that inspires kids to write. Discusses the life of a writer, idea generation, different ways to be a writer, and more.
3. From Idea to Book The publishing process, from idea, to manuscript submission, to the bookstore.

Breakout sessions (30 minutes)
1. Making "Sense" of Your Story The importance of writing with detail, incorporating all of your senses, and using "juicy" words.
2. Getting to know your character I'll share tips on creating a believable character
3. Let's Make a Book Book-making workshop -- includes discussion of story structure, creating a character and plot and writing a story
4. Rhyme Time Making rhymes in this fun interactive session where kids help create a rhyming poem. (1-2)
5. Every Word Counts The editing process: how making little changes can make your work better. (2-5, but can tailor content for a younger audience)
6.Reading of my books followed by an open Q & A from students

Add-ons upon request
*Brown-bag lunch with the author (for students or staff)
*30 minute breakout session for grades K-5 (see session topics below)
*Open Q & A with teachers and staff about children's publishing, my writing process, my path to publication.

Check out Sue's school visit video and book her for your school today!


Sue received Letters of Commendation for the Barbara Karlin Grant for picture book writing from SCBWI for her books: Shoes for Me! and Tons of TrucksA Gluten-free Birthday for Me! won a gluten-free children’s book award and was included in the 2015 Gluten-free Buyers Guide.

Please check out Sue's book trailers:




Author Visits

Book Trailers