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Susanne Remembers: A Mennonite Childhood in Revolutionary Russia

Susanne Remembers: A Mennonite Childhood in Revolutionary Russia. Susanne Willms Thielman. 2009. 176 pages. ISBN. 978–0–9739618–2–9. Hard cover, 11 x 9. Judson Lake House Publishers printed 1,000 copies. Book design by William Glasgow and Neil Klassen. Cover design by William Glasgow.

Project Highlights
In the early 1980s the client (who is ninety-five and whose first language is not English) wrote a draft of her childhood memories growing up in revolutionary Russia. It sat until 2008 when she hired us to organize and edit the manuscript and add material from the journals of other family members. Our involvement included:

  • Developmental, structural, stylistic, and copyediting the manuscript and back cover blurb.
  • Proofreading
  • Reading family diaries, journals, and autobiographies and selecting material to include.
  • Writing a 4000-word background article to give readers the necessary context to make sense of the story.
  • Ghostwriting the preface
  • Consulting with the designer and publisher concerning the front cover.
  • Writing a 700-word media release that resulted in extensive coverage in the print media for the book launch.

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To read an excerpt of the media release, click here.

 




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