Suzanne Kuhn has more than 25 years of book retailing experience and event sales, including traveling as part of Karen Kingsbury’s team. In 2010 Suzanne launched SuzyQ, a full-service promotion development firm that works with authors and public figures providing coaching, training and brand development as well as coordination of live events. Suzanne’s experience and knowledge give her an edge when coaching, facilitating tours and ensuring more successful and profitable events.
Suzanne will be leading a class that is part of our new Social Media Bootcamp. The class, called “Reaching your Audience through Social Media” will explore the basic “R”s of social media. Learn how to focus on engagement, build true fans and readers through a stress-free approach. Gain a strategy to keep social media manageable while reaching your target audience. As an added bonus, Suzanne will provide insights on live author events and bookstore engagement.
We asked Suzanne for her thoughts on the conference and what drives her. See what she had to share after the break.
PWC Where do you draw your inspiration?
SUZYQ I draw inspiration from the input of others and my surroundings. As an author promoter and coach, I find that the authors I work with often inspire me. To be able to effectively assist my clients in their reader engagement, I must be able to catch an author’s individual vision and passion for their work. For me personally, it’s important that I connect with my audience and surroundings to find inspiration. By nature, I tend to be people focused in my engagement, often asking questions on my social media. I find the answers to these questions will inspire me for new work and ideas, while making me aware of new needs and opportunities. I also find that life experiences can trigger ideas and inspiration for me. At the moment, I’m drawing inspirations from jelly beans.
PWC How important are conferences and conventions to a writer?
SUZYQ I believe writers conferences and conventions can be hugely significant in a writing career. These conferences often provide workshops and sessions focused on topics ranging from how to write your book, how to publish your book, and how to market you book — all of which are vital elements for every author’s writing journey. Additionally, the sense of community and camaraderie that is fostered while we all network is invaluable. Other than by attending a writers conference, where can an aspiring author have the opportunity to rub elbows, chat with, and gain knowledge from award-winning and best-selling authors? Where else can the accomplished author have the opportunity to give back to his community while also gaining much inspiration and focus from the collective gathering of creative minds? I think every writer should plan to attend at least one writers conference a year, PWC being a great choice.
PWC What are you most looking forward to at the 2014 Philadelphia Writers’ Conference?
SUZYQ Well, if you’ve taken the time to read my responses to the two previous questions, you probably already have a pretty good idea of how I will answer this one. I LOVE writers conferences. I pretty much love everything about them. I love teaching and coaching authors through my workshops which focus on author promotion. I love meeting with authors for the first time. I love meeting beginning writers, accomplished writers, young writers, and old writers. I love the inspiration I draw upon from workshops and conversations with others. I love the chance conversations that can lead to the inspiration of some of my finest work and accomplishments, both personally and professionally. I love, Love, LOVE writers conferences. But for me, this year at PWC2014, I am most looking forward to teaching my master class on social media, Saturday June 7 from 9:30-11:00. I thoroughly enjoy sharing my knowledge and experience with writers in that type of collective environment. I find it rewarding and exhilarating. Can’t wait!!
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