Sue Fliess ("fleece") is the author of over 30 children's books including The Earth Gives More, Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins, Mary Had a Little Lab, How to Trap a Leprechaun, Tons of Trucks, 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, Education.com, 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 and Chinese. Her book, The Bug Book, was chosen for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in 2017 and 2018. 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.
Varies but usually:
*One presentation: $500
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.
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.
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 (30-45 minutes includes a preso, reading, q & a):
Write What You Know (Research what you don't!)
We'll discuss fiction and non-fiction, how to research for both, and a closer look at my process behind Robots, Robots Everywhere!
The Truth About Writing
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, idea generation, and more.
An interactive discussion about rhyme and meter and I talk about the different types of rhyme schemes in my books.
We'll discuss fractured fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and even fractured songs. Sue will talk about her own fractured stories and together the group will learn how to spark ideas for their own to write later.
The Big Deal about Little Golden Books
Sue will talk about traditional Little Golden Books, 2-3 of her own and how they came to be, and what makes these iconic stories have lasting readability.
From My Brain to the Bookstore
The publishing process, from the idea to manuscript submission, all the way to the bookstore.
Top 10 Burning Questions about Publishing a Children's Book--and Answers! (for older students and/ or adults/ staff)
Making "Sense" of Your Story
The importance of writing with detail, using all of the senses, and using "juicy" words.
Getting to Know Your Character
I'll share tips on creating a believable character
Get Ready to Write!
Discuss the elements of the story, sensory details, and give a writing challenge (prompt, write a prequel or sequel to a book, or letter to a main character). (gr 2-5)
Making rhymes in this fun interactive session where kids help create a rhyming poem. (gr K-2)
We'll discuss fractured fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and even fractured songs. Sue will talk about her own fractured stories and together the group will learn how to spark ideas for their own and write them with Sue's guidance during the workshop.
Every Word Counts
The editing process: how making little changes can make your work better. (gr 2-5, but can tailor for a younger audience)
Reading of my books followed by an open Q & A from studentsCheck out Sue's school visit video and book her for your school today!
Sue’s books have received honors and awards, including being named to A Mighty Girl's Best Books lists. Mary Had a Little Lab was awarded Best in Rhyme for 2018 and named to Oklahoma's Redbud Read-Aloud Award masterlist.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 Trucks. A 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: