“There is no writing; there is only re-writing.” – John Updike
Suzanne McConnell has worked with novelists and memorialists as an editor and writing coach for Greenline Publishing Consultants, as well as freelance. As a teacher, she estimates that she has edited over a thousand short stories from Hunter College fiction workshop students alone. As Fiction Editor of the Bellevue Literary Review since 2006, she has edited more than 100 short stories for publication and considered over two thousand.
- “Necessary Stories: Interview about the Bellevue Literary Review,” The Review Review
- “Periodically Speaking: The Magathon,” New York Public Library, June 2010. Suzanne McConnell describes the Bellevue Literary Review and reads from “This, Of Course, Is Spiritual,” a story by Matthew Lombardi published in Fall 2009 (74:55 on the podcast)
- Radio interview for “Bookshelf” on Kurt Vonnegut as a teacher, spring 2008
- Magazine interview, “Novel Bound,” by Tracy Bledsoe, Cape Women, 2002
- “Fiction editor Suzanne McConnell accepted my story [“Remedies”] and edited with a keen eye and open heart.” – Sabrina and Corina, One World, Random House.
- “Special thanks to Suzanne McConnell, a fine writer, friend and instructor at Hunter College, who read the first galleys and gave fresh insights, providing better, more precise words to phrases which had become too familiar to be improved upon from within and saved me from many red pencil errors.” – Lynne Picard, The Elephant’s Rope and the Untethered Spirit: A Remarkable True Story of Healing and Hope, Robert D. Reed Publishers
- “Thanks to Suzanne McConnell for her tireless guidance, intuitive editing, and brutal squashing of my worst indulgences.” – Scott Oglesby, Riding High, a novel
- “My special thanks to Suzanne McConnell, who teaches fiction at Hunter College in New York City. She took a great interest in my manuscript, and we spent many hours discussing it together.” – Fara Krasnopolsky, I Remember, The Women’s Press, LTD & Houghton Mifflin Co.