Susan Bearman
  • Female
  • Evanston, IL
  • United States
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Who I am:
I'm a marketing communications and social media specialist, and have been and professional writer/editor for more than 20 years. In addition, I teach writing, blogging and social networking to groups and individuals. My successful Kickstarter Campaign in 2012 funded the printing of my new picture book and coloring book, the Animal Store Alphabet Book, as well as several related products. Current WIPs include a memoir about raising 24-weeker twins, a middle-grade novel, several more picture books and a mystery. I am also the publisher of Orrington Press, specializing in facilitated self-publishing. And did I mention that I'm a reluctant pet-store (co) owner?
Connect with me online! My site, blog, or Twitter handle are:
My Website:
My blog: Two Kinds of People —
Follow me @2kop
Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
Author of the Animal Store Alphabet Book. (Orrington Press, December 2012)
Ghostwrote: Sell Yourself in Any Interview by Oscar Adler, published by McGraw-Hill 2008
Media outlets that I currently write for:
Now writing for Write It Sideways
Our pet shop's blog: The Animal Store Blog
My writing is:
Fiction, Nonfiction, Memoir, Blog Posts, Theory
Services I offer to other writers:
-editing and critiques of non-fiction and children's fiction.
-workshops and individual tutoring on writing, blogging, and social networking.
-facilitated self-publishing through Orrington Press.
I'm part of these writers' groups or salons:
Board member, Off Campus Writers' Workshop; PS for Kids
My professional associations:
I found out about She Writes from:
I think I was one of the first 1K to join; read about it online.

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At 10:37am on May 17, 2013, Tracey Barnes Priestley said…

Susan, Any plans to bring The Many Paths to Publishing—Which One’s Right for You? to the San Francisco area? I'm currently teaching a class, "The Road to Publication"  for our local university's Extended Education program. I know we have people interested in hearing what you and April have to say. Please keep me in the loop! Looking forward to hearing rave reviews! 


At 9:52am on February 1, 2013, Rheanna Raynes said…

Thank you Susan for joining our little, but ever growing group.  I look forward to your input and am anxious to checking out your blog.  

You can also find me at: and at:

I'm relatively new to Blogging and I need all the help I can get so anything tid-bits of incite would be greatly appreciated.

Yours Truly,


At 9:48am on November 21, 2011, Regina Y. Swint said…

Hahaha!  I'm pretty sure that I missed the last train to Normal a few years ago, but not for lack of trying.  But hey.  I guess that means I'm a better writer than I might have been.  In fact, there may be a blog post in there somewhere about how the train left me at the station...with all of my baggage.

At 9:21am on November 21, 2011, Regina Y. Swint said…

Hi, Susan! I really liked your blog about the voices in our heads. Thank goodness that writing is socially acceptable schizophrenia.  Haha!  I've said for a long time that normal is highly over-rated, anyway.  :)

At 10:55am on November 5, 2011, Annie Boreson said…
Thanks so much for the comment on the video, Susan. It was my husband's doing. He sees things that bother him and makes a video. I always somehow end up in them by default. If you saw it on my old page, Atoll Annie, that will soon be defunk. The new site is Annie Off Leash ( Thanks for taking a peak and commenting. I really do appreciate it!
At 9:51am on October 30, 2011, Carol Apple said…
Thanks for the invite Susan! No I have not tried to import my blogger blog. I guess I ought to look into that. I have a self-hosted WP blog rather than one created at but hopefully that won't make a big difference.
At 6:42am on October 21, 2011, Amanda K. Jaros said…

HI Susan- Nice to "meet" you.  So you'r a mom and stepmom too, huh?  Plenty of goodies there to write about, right?  I look forward to checking out your websites:)


At 10:58am on June 19, 2011, Deborah Batterman said…

The blog hop is over, but the dinner/dance goes on . . . I think you're onto something with your wonderful blog re: two kinds of people, and would love to add you as a friend here on She Writes (I sent a request). I would also like to thank for your very kind and thoughtful comments on my blog posts. In light of what you wrote, specifically in response to "Lipstick," I thought you'd appreciate seeing the photo I used when I posted the essay on a different site I write for.  Lipstick 

Look forward to connecting with you more . . .

At 6:37pm on May 5, 2011, Helen Gallagher said…

Thanks Susan. I hope tonight's reading with Rebecca Rasmussen was great fun for all the writers who met up there.

Off Campus Writers Workshop this morning was great. A wonderfully responsive and inquisitive audience of men and women. I think there were 55 people there today. Fabulous.



At 11:15am on April 19, 2011, Nan Sanders Pokerwinski said…

Hi Susan,

Sorry to be a little slow responding.


I don't currently have a blog, but I enjoyed reading yours!



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Pathways to Publication: A workshop with April Eberhardt and Susan Bearman

Posted on May 8, 2013 at 10:56am 0 Comments

On Friday, June 7, April Eberhardt and I will be co-presenting a workshop in Chicago on Pathways to Publication: Choosing the Best Way to Reach Your Readers. We scheduled this on the afternoon before Printers Row Lit Fest. We hope those in the Chicago area or those coming to town for Lit Fest will add to your experience and join us for a workshop on how…


World Book Night, Barbara Kingsolver, Oprah Winfrey and Me

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