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PCL MS 154 Susan Elizabeth Phillips Collection

Introduction

     Susan Elizabeth Phillips is a contemporary American author of romance novels beginning with The Copeland Bride in 1982 and followed up to present by numerous award winning books.  Her collection is comprised of 4 linear feet of manuscript drafts, edited copies, galleys, research notes, publicity materials and some fan mail and miscellaneous correspondence mostly pertaining to manuscript editing.

     Susan E. Phillips began transferring her manuscripts to the Popular Culture Library, Bowling GreenStateUniversity, in June 1997.  The collection is open for research, but photocopying or other duplication of manuscripts must comply with applicable copyright laws.  This register was compiled by Debbie Chimahusky under the supervision of Jean Geist, Popular Culture Library Associate II in November 1998 and revised and expanded by Eric Honneffer in February 2008. 

Biographical Sketch

     Susan Elizabeth Phillips was born in Cincinnati, Ohio to John Aller Titus and Louesa Coate Titus.  She graduated in 1966 from OhioUniversity with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Theater.  She worked for six years as a high school teacher before deciding to become a writer full time.  She lives in a suburb of Chicago with her husband William C. Phillips.  They have two grown sons.

     Ms. Phillips’ writing career began when a neighbor suggested that the two of them could write a better historical romance than what was being offered to readers in the early 1980’s.  In their spare time, Ms. Phillips and her neighbor, Claire Lefkowitz, wrote The Copeland Bride (1983) under the pseudonym Justine Cole.  By the time this novel was complete, a friend had given them the telephone number of an editor at Dell Publishing.  The editor agreed to read their manuscript and a few weeks later called the women with an offer.  Soon after their success, Ms. Lefkowitz moved away to pursue a career as an assistant U.S. attorney.   Ms. Phillips, however, went on to write her next historical romance, Risen Glory, under her own name.  Glitter Baby followed and was published in several languages.  This novel would be her first contemporary romance.

     Ms. Phillips’ subsequent novels include such titles as Fancy Pants (1989), Hot Shot (1991), Honey Moon (1993), It Had to Be You (1994),  Heaven, Texas (1995), Kiss an Angel (1996), Nobody’s Baby But Mine (1997), Dream a Little Dream (1998) Lady Be Good (1999), First Lady (2000), This Heart of Mine (2001), Breathing Room (2002), Ain’t She Sweet? (2004), Match Me If You Can (2005) and Natural Born Charmer (2007).

     Susan Elizabeth Phillips has received many awards for her writing.  The Romance Writers of America Members’ Favorite Book of the Year Award was given to her in 1995 for It Had to Be You and again in 1997 for Nobody’s Baby But Mine.  The latter was also chosen as the 1998 RITA winner for Single Title Contemporary Romance.  She received a RITA in 1999 for Dream a Little Dream and another in 2001 for First Lady.  The Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in Contemporary Romance was bestowed upon her in 1989 for Fancy Pants and again in 1996 for Kiss an Angel .  In 1994 It Had to Be You also received Affaire de Coeur’s Romance of the Year Award, Best Contemporary Romance and Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award, Best Contemporary Romance.  

Scope and Content

     The Susan Elizabeth Phillips Collection contains manuscript drafts, edited copies and galleys for most of her novels and accompanying publicity materials, some pertaining to her career and writings.  Scattered pages of correspondence concerning the editing of manuscripts may assist researchers in better understanding how a manuscript is shaped into a publishable format.  Fan mail for some of Ms. Phillips’ novels may offer researchers insights into  readers’ likes and dislikes regarding an author’s work and the impact “fans” may have on the future direction of an author’s writing.

    Those interested in researching published works by Susan Elizabeth Phillips, donated by her to the Browne Popular Culture Library, should access the University Libraries Catalog.

Series Description

Correspondence

Series:

 Correspondence with editors or publishers

 1982-present (scattered)

Miscellaneous correspondence describing text/format changes may accompany edited manuscripts.

 

Fan Mail

1983- present,  scattered

Arranged by title of novel.

The letters sent to Ms. Phillips by her many fans are mostly congratulatory in nature but also share with the author preferences for certain characters, story lines, ideas for future works and the like.

 

Literary Productions

 Series:

Novel manuscripts

1982-present

Arranged chronologically by novel publication date

These can include manuscript drafts, edited copies, galleys, notes and story synopses.

 

Misc. Literary Productions

1982, ND

No arrangement.

A “diary” or script used by Susan Elizabeth Phillips during public appearances promoting The Copeland Bride and an undated abandoned synopsis for Love Seeds appear at the end of the collection.

Printed Materials

 Series:

 Publicity Materials

1982- present

Arranged chronologically by novel publication date.

These publicity materials can include book covers, posters (some oversized), bookmarks, fliers, articles and newsclippings promoting Ms. Phillips’ novels.

 

Miscellaneous Printed Materials

1984- present

Award certificates and articles about her are included. 

Photographic Material

c. 1984, c. 1990, 1999, nd

Can include publicity photos of Ms. Phillips, snapshots of her with her fans, and photos sent from her fans.

 

Artifacts 

1982-1999 scattered, nd

Jewelry, artwork, t-shirts, a “diary” or script used by Ms. Phillips during public appearances promoting The Copeland Bride, and a totebag signed by fans are included

Inventory

Box C1
FolderDescriptionDate
1 Miscellaneous correspondence 1997
2 Fan mail – The Copeland Bride 1983-1984
3 Risen Glory 1987-1988
4 Glitter Baby 1987-1988
5 Fancy Pants 1989-1994 scattered
6 Hot Shot 1990-1992
7 Honey Moon 1993-1995
8 Fan Mail 2001
9 Fan Mail Jan-June, 2002
10 Fan Mail July-Dec, 2002
11 Fan Mail 2003
12 Fan Mail 2004
13 Fan Mail 2005
14 Fan Mail 2006, n.d.
15 Fan Mail 2014
16 Notecards of congratulations sent with flowers from agent, editor, et al 2004, n.d.
17 Fan's email collection about Ms. Philip's character Dean Robillard 2007
Box M1
FolderDescriptionDate
Parris Free 1982
1 unfinished draft - chapters 1-6  
2 Chapters 7-11
3 Synopsis with corrections
4 Final synopsis
5 Research notes
6 Historical background notes
The Copeland Bride 1983
7 Edited manuscript – prologue – chapters 1-3  
8 Chapters 4-5
9 Chapters 6-8
10 Chapters 9-11
11 Chapters 12-13
12 Chapters14-16
13 Chapters 17-19
14 Chapters 20-22
15 Chapters 23-25
16 Chapters 26-29
17 Chapters 30-32
18 Chapters 33-34, 34?
19 Chapters 35-37
20 Chapters 38?-40
21 Chapters 41-43
22 Chapters 38?, 44-45
23 Chapters 46-49
24 Publicity
Box M2
FolderDescriptionDate
Risen Glory 1984
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-4  
2 Chapters 5-7
3 Chapters 8-10
4 Chapters 11-14
5 Chapters 15-18
6 Chapters 19-21
7 Chapters 22-25
8 Chapters 26-29
9 Chapters 30-33
10 Chapters 34-37
11 Notes and synopsis
12 Draft – chapters 1-6 c. 1987
13 Chapters 7-12
14 Chapters 13-19
15 Chapters 20-24
16 Chapters 25-30
17 Chapters 31-37
Box M3
FolderDescriptionDate
Glitter Baby 1987
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-6  
2 Chapters 7-11
3 Chapters 12-16
4 Chapters 17-21
5 Chapters 22-26
6 Chapters 27 -epilogue
7 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5
8 Chapters 6-11
9 Chapters 12-16
Box M4
FolderDescriptionDate
Glitter Baby (cont.) 1987
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 17-22  
2 Chapters 23-27
3 Chapters 28-epilogue
4 “Treatment” and synopsis
5 Character sketches
6 Publicity
Box M5
FolderDescriptionDate
Fancy Pants 1989
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
2 Chapters 6-10
3 Chapters 11-15
4 Chapters 16-21
5 Chapters 22-26
6 Chapters 27-30
7 Chapters 31-epilogue
8 Reviews
9 Publicity (some oversized, some objects)
Box M6
FolderDescriptionDate
Hot Shot 1991
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
2 Chapters 6-10
3 Chapters 11-14
4 Chapters 15-20
5 Chapters 21-24
6 Chapters 25-30
7 Chapters 31-epilogue
8 Publicity (some objects)
Box M7
FolderDescriptionDate
Honey Moon 1993
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
2 Chapters 6-11
3 Chapters 12-16
4 Chapters 17-21
5 Chapters 22-26
6 Chapters 27-epilogue
7 Publicity
It Had to Be You 1994
8 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
9 Chapters 6-10
10 Chapters 11-15
Box M8
FolderDescriptionDate
It Had to Be You (cont.) 1994
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 16-19  
2 Chapters 20-23
3 Chapters 24-epilogue
4 Synopsis, notes, original artwork
5 Publicity
Box M9
FolderDescriptionDate
Heaven, Texas 1995
1 Edited manuscript – chapters1-4  
2 Chapters 5-9
3 Chapters 10-14
4 Chapters 15-20
5 Chapter 21-epilogue
6 Publicity
Kiss an Angel 1996
7 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
8 Chapters 6-10
9 Chapters 11-15
10 Chapters 16-19
11 Chapters 20-epilogue
12 Publicity
Box M10
FolderDescriptionDate
Nobody’s Baby But Mine 1997
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-5  
2 Chapters 6-10
3 Chapters 11-15
4 Chapters 16-20
5 Chapters 21-epilogue
6 Publicity
Dream a Little Dream 1998
7 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-6  
8 Chapters 7-11
9 Chapters 12-15
10 Chapters 16-20
11 Chapters 21-epilogue
12 Publicity (some oversized)
Box M11
FolderDescriptionDate
Lady Be Good 1999
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-3  
2 Chapters 4-7
3 Chapters 8-11
4 Chapters 12-15
5 Chapters 16-19
6 Chapters 20-22
7 Chapters 23-epilogue
8 Publicity
Box M12
FolderDescriptionDate
First Lady 2000
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-4  
2 Chapters 5-7
3 Chapters 8-10
4 Chapters 11-13
5 Chapters 14-16
6 Chapters 17-19
7 Chapters 20-epilogue
8 Galley – chapters 1-7
9 Chapters 8-14
10 Chapters 15-19
11 Chapters 20-epilogue
12 Publicity
Box M13
FolderDescriptionDate
Just Imagine (formerly Risen Glory) 2001
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-3  
2 Chapters 4-6
3 Chapters 7-9
4 Chapters 10-12
5 Chapters 13-15
6 Chapters 16-18
7 Chapters 19-21
8 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-2
9 Chapters 3-5
10 Chapters 6-8
11 Chapters 9-11
12 Chapters 12-16
13 Chapters 17-21
14 Publicity
Box M14
FolderDescriptionDate
This Heart of Mine 2001
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-3  
2 Chapters 4-6
3 Chapters 7-10
4 Chapters 11-13
5 Chapters 14-16
6 Chapters 17-20
7 Chapters 21-24
8 Chapters 25-26
9 Miscellaneous rewritten pages
10 Galley – Chapters 8-12 (1-7 not included)
11 Chapters 13-16
12 Chapters 17-20
13 Chapters 21-23
14 Chapters 24-epilogue
15 Style sheet
16 Publicity
Box M15
FolderDescriptionDate
Breathing Room 2002
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-4  
2 Chapters 5-8
3 Chapters 9-11
4 Chapters 12-14
5 Chapters 15-17
6 Chapters 18-20
7 Chapters 21-epilogue
8 Galley – chapters 1-4
9 Chapters 5-8
10 Chapters 9-12
11 Chapters 13-16
12 Chapters 17-20
13 Chapters 21-epilogue
14 Publicity
Box M16
FolderDescriptionDate
Match Me If You Can 2005
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-3  
2 Chapters 4-6
3 Chapters 7-9
4 Chapters 10-12
5 Chapters 13-16
6 Chapters 17-19
7 Chapters 20-22
8 Chapters 23-epilogue
9 Galley – chapters 1-3
10 Chapters 4-6
11 Chapters 7-9
12 Chapters 10-12
13 Chapters 13-15
14 Chapters 16-18
15 Chapters 19-21
16 Chapters 22-epilogue
17 Publicity
Box M17
FolderDescriptionDate
Natural Born Charmer 2007
1 Edited manuscript – chapters 1-3  
2 Chapters 4-6
3 Chapters 7-9
4 Chapters 10-12
5 Chapters 13-15
6 Chapters 16-18
7 Chapters 19-21
8 Chapters 22-24
9 Chapters 25-epilogue
10 Galley – chapters 1-3
11 Chapters 4-6
12 Chapters 7-9
13 Chapters 10-12
14 Chapters 13-15
15 Chapters 16-18
16 Chapters 19-21
17 Chapters 22-24
18 Chapters 25-epilogue
Box M18
FolderDescriptionDate
Natural Born Charmer (cont.) 2007
1 Galley – miscellaneous pages  
2 Same
3 Chapters 1-3
4 Chapters 4-6
5 Chapters 7-9
6 Chapters 10-12
7 Chapters 13-15
8 Chapters 16-18
9 Chapters 19-21
10 Chapters 22-24
11 Chapters 25-epilogue
12 Publicity

Box M19
FolderDescriptionDate
What I Did for Love (Edited Manuscript) 2009
1 Edited manuscript Ch. 1-3  
2 Ch. 4-6
3 Ch. 7-9
4 Ch. 10-12
5 Ch. 13-16
6 Ch. 17-19
7 Ch. 20-22
8 Ch. 23-25
9 Ch. 26-end
What I Did for Love (Galley Sheets) 2009
10 Galley - Ch.1-4  
11 Ch. 5-9
12 Ch. 10-14
13 Ch. 15-18
14 Ch. 19-22
15 Ch. 23-end

Box M20
FolderDescriptionDate
Miscellaneous literary productions
1 Abandoned synopsis for Love Seeds ND
Miscellaneous printed materials
2 Award certificates given to Ms. Phillips 1990-1998
3 Articles about Ms. Phillips 1984-1997
4 Publicity photos of Ms. Phillips c. 1984, c. 1990
5 Photos of Ms. Phillips with fans 1999
6 Photos sent by fans n.d.
7 Printed heart-shaped design with titles of Ms. Phillips' works n.d.
8 Publicity for Ain't She Sweet? 2004
9 Book publicity-What I Did for Love 2009
10 Book publicity-Call me Irresitible 2011
11 Book publicity in foreign language 2011
12 Book publicity-The Great Escape 2014
13 "Diary" used as a prop by Ms. Phillips while promoting The Copeland Bride 1983
14 Blank journal designed by a fan n.d.
15 Necklace of miniature book covers of Ms. Phillips' works made by a fan, two lapel pins from fans, and a pinback button "I stalk SEP" n.d.
Box 21
DescriptionDate
Objects
T-shirt - Fancy Pants 1989
T-shirt - Hot Shot 1991
Tote bag autographed by fans 1999
Soft cover copy of Lady Be Good read and annotated by fans 1999
Small decorative mail box made by a fan and decorated with pages from Ms. Philips' books n.d.
Oversized 1
DescriptionDate
Oversized publicity - envelope – Fancy Pants 1989
Small painting of a country homestead in the winter with a mail box featuring Susan Elizabeth Phillips – made by a fan. n.d.
Oversized Storage
DescriptionDate
Standing poster – Dream a Little Dream 1998
Publicity poster – book cover – The Great Escape n.d.
Publicity poster – autographed open house poster - The Great Escape n.d.

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