The Joy of Seeking Stories

The one thing we’ve learned in talking with people, is that they’ve got stories to tell. Some are family histories, some are professional memoirs, others are anecdotes of questionable veracity.

We recently met with an author who comes from prominent New England lineage. She’s got an 87,000 word manuscript drafted — fiction based on oral history — and is trying to figure out what to do with it. There’s some question about who owns the rights to these stories — and whether there is any liability in telling them.

SPG author, Jill C. Baker, stumbled upon a story in a story in a story, which led her to blog about it in a post called “There’s Always More to the Story.” Check it out if you enjoy local history and surprising connections.

Speaking of history, we’re working on a book about Nelson Baker’s family. He was a genealogist who lived in New York state and kept copious notes, photos, and papers. We’ve been fortunate to have the assistance of someone involved with the Lafayette Historical Society who has generously shared materials.

We’re also in final edits on Absent, the third book in the Sutherland Series. This, like the other titles, is a free-standing story, but it picks up with the husband, Carter. He’s a happily married, partially color-blind, think tank executive, who has a reserved, academic view of the world — until he meets Tracee Green, a synesthete, who sees words as colors. She offers to take him on 4 cerebral journeys to pivotal eras in time in order to help him expand his color perception and awareness. Quite a trip!


Sudbury Publishing Group is a small company catering to those interested in self-publishing for personal or public enjoyment. SPG specializes in eclectic subjects, family histories, photography compendiums, and now, trade books.

Using a consultative approach to help new authors find their voice, SPG offers:

  • Industry experience in traditional print and new digital channels
  • Direct services or collaboration with an expansive talent pool
  • High quality. Professional standards. Reasonable costs.

There’s no need to look like a novice even if you are one.


Featured Books


TORY ROOF is a woman’s story – an unexpected romance and account of bravery – that pits logic against longing. The story takes Sarah Sutherland from the safety of her contemporary New England home into the arms of a fiery Revolutionary War agitator. In the process, she discovers her own independence and why she was chosen to traverse time. The present-day plot unfolds throughout the course of a year and dovetails with actual events in 1765. In trying to reconcile the two, Sarah learns that people around her are not who they seem, and that greed can infiltrate even the noblest agendas.


SILVER LINE follows a casual college couple who discovers they can revert to their former, older selves living as a miner and dancehall girl in a bawdy 1860s Colorado town. Jared Sutherland (Sarah’s son) had repressed these precognitive skills, until Alexa insists they are a gift. He finally agrees to use them to help solve a modern museum heist—and to travel back in time, lured by the romance of their alter-egos and adventures in the untamed West. Together, the twosome discovers that clues to the present lie in the past as their innocent attraction matures into something more.


ABSENT invites the average man – or the woman who loves one – to embark on a quest for self-improvement. When Carter Sutherland (Sarah’s husband and think tank executive) meets the lovely Tracee Green, a synesthete who sees words as colors, little does he know she will take him on four sensory-rich journeys that alter his black-and-white world. Regressed through several personas, past and future, he gains emotional intelligence and personal insight that helps him at work. But he also stumbles into black-market dealings and a situation he can’t escape.

The author often wondered what it would be like to simply disappear and do something else — thus the motivation for the Sutherland Series

Binding It Together

How to Follow a Lead

Sometimes people ask us where writers get their ideas and how they develop them into plotlines. Aspiring authors wonder where to find interesting stories and characters who could come to life in their work. SPG author, Jill C. Baker, stumbled upon a story in a story in a story, so fascinating, that it sent her on an exploration. This story covers centuries, decades, and recent days. If you’re intrigued by history, coincidences, and bizarre connections, check it out. She writes about it on her blog, Between the Lines, in a post called, “There’s Always More to the Story.”  

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