Tuesday, August 16, 2016


You have reached the home page of author Susan Schuyler Walker.


Hello. I am a graduate of Bread Loaf School of English, Middlebury College, and am a retired English teacher, editor, technical writer, and curriculum developer. An active member of my local Audubon chapter, I enjoy birding and am also an avid long-distance bicyclist.
I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, with my husband Jeffrey, a dynamic and dedicated professor of English. We have two beautiful daughters for whom my first book, The Snarl, the Cob, & the Pflug, was originally written. I halfheartedly tried to find a publisher and asked a talented artist uncle to illustrate this first manuscript. He told me that I had the cart before the horse and that I needed to find a publisher first. For years, the book languished in a drawer, out of sight and out of mind. But then I found Hannah Tuohy, my illustrator, and through her discovered CreateSpace.
      I am what is known as an "Indie" author, which means that my books are created by me, independent of a publishing house. I design and create the books myself, using my editing background and the tools available on Amazon's CreateSpace. I collaborate with Hannah Tuohy to create the picture books, which star our house cats Ted and Pad. Obviously, Hannah is responsible for the lion's share of the effort that goes into these books where the illustrations, as well as the text, tell the story.
     CreateSpace is an "on-demand" service, meaning that when the buyer orders the book, a copy is printed and mailed. This print-on-demand method cuts out the risk that publishers take when they print and warehouse say, 10,000 books of one title, and then must advertise and scramble to sell those books to make up their expenses.
     Frankly, my books would not be available without CreateSpace because I do not have the interest or energy in finding an agent and wooing a publisher. The children's book market is particularly difficult to break into. 
    At this point I have published The Snarl, five picture books, and an adult non-fiction book about my bicycle travels: Coast When Ya Kin: 30 Years "Behind Bars." All of my books are described, rated, and available on demand through amazon.com.  Originally Snarl and Coast were available on kindle, but I did not like the way Kindle separated pictures from captions and laid out the pages, so these titles are no longer available on kindle.
     You can each book and learn about them by clicking on the titles under "Books" top right. 
     If you order and read some of these books to your children or if you read the adult travel book, please help me promote my titles by reviewing them on amazon.com.  Thank you!

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