Ford, Sue

Ford, Sue

Sue Ford has sold over 130 magazine pieces for children and adults. Sue writes for children under her maiden name, Susan Uhlig. She has been an active member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for 18 years. She also is an instructor for the Institute of Children’s Literature. Sue’s website has writing resources and recommendations of children’s books.

She is currently marketing a tween novel.


Things Little Kids Need to Know
This is the story of what a young boy plans to teach his new sister when she arrives from across the world. Includes advice such as “Dogs like their tummies scritched. But cats scratch back.” and “Never ever pick the neighbor’s flowers.”

This picture book about international adoption was chosen as a 2000 Read, America! Collection Selection.

Stories, poems, & articles

Cliff Diver, an article Sue sold to Child Life, is being used by Kansas in their reading assessment test. She has written short stories and articles for a variety of children’s and adult magazines–secular and Christian, print and online–including Highlights for Children, Cricket, Jack and Jill, and Children’s Writer. She currently has some articles on the Institute of Children’s Literature website in their Rx for Writers section.

Author Visits

Sue shares some published works, where ideas come from, and how books, stories and articles are marketed. She also does writing exercises with kids on “showing versus telling,” using specific nouns, adjectives that count, dialogue and more. (Trained in Six Writing Traits.)

Mind Your C’s and Q’s
focuses on Query and Cover letters, inQuiry letters—including requests for guidelines and catalogs as well as manuscript status, plus a brief discussion on Contracts.

The Nuts and Bolts of Writing for Children
includes goals, planning, getting to work, how to “show don’t tell,” dialogue tips, rewriting and marketing.

Swift Fiction – the Short Story in Focus
discusses the elements of short story writing with a focus on the storyline, theme, and main character.

Writing for Children’s Magazines
covers the ups and downs of Writing for Children’s Magazines, what sells, how to write for children’s magazines: including: study, research, and staying organized, how to sell to magazines, keeping track of submissions, magazine rights and what they mean, and more.

See Sue’s website for more details

Availability: Daytime, evenings and Saturdays. Contact Sue at for specific availability.
Audience:  children and adults

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