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New Blog... [Feb. 17th, 2008|11:16 pm]
sgreeneauthor

I'm moving this blog over to blogspot. Here's the link, if you're interested in keeping up.

Best,
Su

http://sgreeneblog.blogspot.com/

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Boy, am I behind or what? [Jun. 29th, 2007|02:20 pm]
sgreeneauthor
[Tags|, ]
[Current Location |Garage Office]
[mood |hothot]

Geez. If time flies when you're having fun, I must be having a blast. I can't believe I haven't updated this darn thing in months. Time to get back on the ball!

School's out, and boy, is it HOT. But I can't complain. Even in my un-airconditioned garage office, I'm getting some work done. I'm currently blasting away at a sci-fi/futuristic romance. Yeah, I know. It's a little different from what I've done in the past, but I like to think I'm not boxed in to just one kind of writing. Right now, I've got this sci fi, a couple of fantasy pieces, and a few romantic suspense stories underway. 

I also have a series I'm going to be working on with a wonderful author, Erica Easley - so keep an eye out for those! Our OMEGA heroes are going to be hot, and our heroines are NOT damsels in distress! We've got our basic outline for the series, which right now is five books, and we're part of the way through book one. 

It's been a wild couple of months. We finally got our middle daughter "officially" diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome - a form of high-functioning autism, so that's taken a while. Then we lost two wonderful pets in the spring - our dog that we'd had for 16 years, and a cat we've had just as long. We have no idea how old the cat was, because we adopted her as an adult, but we adored them both. Lost them both within a month of each other. I was devastated, because they were my first "kids".  

We had adopted another cat from the animal shelter - a big old orange tom named Tigger - who definitely lives up to his name! He's three, but he's as playful as a kitten. I'm convinced he hallucinates, because he chases stuff that simply isn't there! Then yesterday, my darling daughters talked me into adopting a kitten that had been dumped off at a friend's farm. Sigh...  But I can't say much, because she's absolutely darling. So, our family had two grievous losses, but we've adopted two new members who seem to be fitting in well.

So, life has been busy as usual - but I'm nearly done with the sci fi. I'm at about 75K words now,  and hope to have around 90K when it's complete. Considering I left the hero and heroine in a rather precarious predicament, I suppose I should get back to them.

Thanks for dropping by - I'll try to keep this updated better!

Regards,
Susan

PS - OH - and if you leave me a comment, please sign your name! I keep getting anonymous comments, and I don't know who they're from! Thanks!

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A Little Holiday Cheer... [Dec. 12th, 2006|04:17 pm]
sgreeneauthor
[Current Location |My office, such as it is.]
[mood |busybusy]

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...

Well, sort of, anyway...as much as it can look like Christmas when it's 65 degrees outside. We finally got our lights up - I'll try to get a picture for you on the website soon. Don't know how to post one here. Sorry, not to web-savvy these days.

In any case, I thought I'd share a little holiday cheer with you all, compliments of my Executive Editor at Cobblestone, Brandi Broughton. This is her take on the "Twelve Days of Christmas."

The 12 Days of This Month (Words by Brandi Broughton - original tune/lyrics unknown.)

On the 1st day of this month, my editor checked for these:

A comma splice in a sentence.

On the 2nd day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the third day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 4th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 5th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 6th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 7th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 8th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Oops - hyphenation,

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 9th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Ugh, L-Y adverbs,

Oops - hyphenation,

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the 10th day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Any head-hopping,

Ugh, L-Y adverbs,

Oops - hyphenation,

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the eleventh day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Messed up happy endings,

Any head-hopping,

Ugh, L-Y adverbs,

Oops - hyphenation,

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

On the twelfth day of this month, my editor checked for these:

Bad so-so plotting,

Messed up happy endings,

Any head-hopping,

Ugh, L-Y adverbs,

Oops - hyphenation,

Misused gerund phrases,

Proper quotations,

Lay versus Lie.

Poor punctuation,

Bad grammar,

Any misspelled words,

And a comma splice in a sentence.

So, a little seasonal giggle for you. Enjoy the holidays!

Regards,
Susan
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It's the holiday season... [Dec. 4th, 2006|09:33 am]
sgreeneauthor
[Current Location |garage office -it's freezing in here...]
[mood |melancholymelancholy]

Or so they say. Somehow it doesn't feel quite like Christmas yet, despite the inundation of holiday cheer in every retail outlet in the country. Maybe it's because I've been fighting a bitch of a cold for a week, or maybe it's because I've had sick kids home from school for days on end...but somehow the Christmas spirit is eluding me this year.

I wish I could tell you I have a lovely holiday themed book coming out for you to enjoy, but alas, my muse seems to have taken the holidays off and run away to the Bahamas or something. I've struggled with my romantic suspense for months now, and only after a LONG (two hour) IM conversation with my wonderful executive editor at Cobblestone, Brandi, did I realize that the reason I can't seem to make the story progress is because my heroine has NO character arc. She's flat as a pancake. UGH. Not exactly what you want to hear, but at least now I know what to do to fix it. Major revisions ahead on that one...and it's no wonder, now that I realize the problem, that the story was rejected. Who wants to read about a boring character who doesn't learn anything about herself?

On the good news front, I did have one major gold strike in my capitalistic Christmas ventures. I usually find a few of the "hot" toys to sell on eBay during the holidays to help with my family's Christmas expenses. (And it seems the older the kids get, the more expensive the toys they want are!) So...this year, I'd been keeping my eyes open for what we all know is the BIG thing this year - ELMO T.M.X. Now...why this toy is so incredibly hot is beyond me. We had the original Tickle Me Elmo when my son was a young child, and yes, it was cute, but it certainly wasn't anything extraordinary. I can't imagine the new one would be that much different. However, as I was stumbling half-asleep through Target early one morning, I located two - YES, TWO - Tickle Me Elmo toys on the shelf. At 34.99 each, I figured it might be worth it to pick these up and slap them on eBay just to see what happens. Call me opportunistic, but somehow I've gotta pay for a PSP for my son and a Nintendo DS for my daughter...and if Elmo can help me out, I'm not opposed to a little good old fashioned capitalism. (I promise I don't gouge prices - I simply list the item at the retail price and let the bidding commence - can I be blamed if someone is WILLING to pay exhorbitant prices for a toy?)

Anyway, back to writing...the Cobblestone authors are doing a holiday chat on Joyfully Reviewed on December 16th. Be sure and stop by, because there will be lots of great authors with wonderful books, prizes, and other give aways. Stay tuned for more information - Emma Peterson made a beautiful flyer and I'll try to get it posted here soon!

Best regards,
Susan
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The rest is still unwritten... [Nov. 15th, 2006|10:56 pm]
sgreeneauthor
[Current Location |garage office]
[mood |disappointeddisappointed]
[music |Natasha Bedingfield - Unwritten]

Current mood - Disappointed. Yeah, that about sums it up.

Okay, folks...after two long months, I finally got the big R from the agency I'd submitted to. Oh, well. Of course, it "didn't suit their needs" and they wished me luck.

Such is the life of an author. I'm disappointed but not discouraged. In fact, I've begun keeping a file of my rejections just so when I'm famous and at the top of the NY Times Bestseller List, I can look back at them all and smile. No, I'm not going to thumb my nose and neener-neener at anyone, but I will remember all these rejections that made me realize I simply needed to work harder.

Easy to say now, I suppose...but it's the truth. Obviously what I sent wasn't quite kicky enough to get her attention, so I'll move on. No sense in worrying over it. In fact, I've already submitted a few other queries. We'll see how that goes.

I wish I could tell you all that I'm kicking a** in NaNo this year, but the truth is I'm not even CLOSE to 50k. Okay, I'm not even close to 5K, but we won't get into that. I've been buried in edits for weeks now, and between the manuscripts I'm editing and taking care of my kids, there simply hasn't been enough time for writing. But that's okay, cause the kiddies have to come first, and someday I'll have a lot more time.

Completed final edits on the first manuscript I've ever done for a book that's due out in print. That should be interesting. I'm also working on the second round of a romantic suspense by a new author at Cobblestone. It's a good story, with a kick-butt villianess and a sweet ending. My next project is a paranormal, I think - I haven't gotten too far into reading it yet, but it looks interesting.

Okay, this entry is long enough. I'm going to try to get some quality sleep and hope my little one sleeps all night tonight. Tomorrow, I'll send out more submissions, and I'll just keep sending them until I find the right place for them.
Difficult as rejections are, I'm going to keep looking at my glass as half-full.

Regards,
Susan
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Well, this is a little odd... [Oct. 31st, 2006|06:31 pm]
sgreeneauthor
[mood |confusedconfused]

I finally heard back from Kimberly Whalen at Trident, the agent I'd submitted my work to, and I'm still not quite sure how I feel about it.

She said my first two books were very good, but she felt they would fit better in category romance and suggested I submit them to Harlequin. She said I didn't need an agent for that.

Okay, but she said she REALLY liked my romantic suspense, my work in progress. Unfortunately, the subject matter was similar to another book she already has contracted, and she felt it would be a conflict of interest for her to take mine on. Bummer.

Then she emailed me back and asked if I minded if she forwarded it to another agent. She'd discussed it with a colleague in her firm and the other agent had asked to see it. I didn't see the harm, so I told her to go ahead.

She forwarded me the email as well - it was to Jenny Bent. Now, I've heard Jenny is one of the best, so I'm not displeased about that turn of events at all, but now, here I sit, playing the waiting game AGAIN. Ugh.

Anyway, keep your fingers crossed. Perhaps Jenny will be interested enough. In the meantime, I suppose I should quit playing on my blogs and get my butt busy finishing the book. She can't sell it if it's not done.

I'll update again someday...

Regards,
Susan
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An Agent? Possibly? [Sep. 25th, 2006|10:41 am]
sgreeneauthor
[Current Location |My office in the garage]
[mood |anxiousanxious]
[music |none]

When I was at RWA this past summer, I hadn't planned on making any agent or publisher pitches, because I really wanted to go this first time and see what it was all about before I jumped in with both feet. However, sometimes fate intervenes, and I did meet an agent outside the hotel. (She asked me for a light.)

We chatted a while, and I had no idea she was an agent until she asked me to meet her inside for a glass of wine. She gave me her card. Kimberly Whalen, VP of Trident Media Group. Wow.

Okay. I was fine until I knew she was an agent, but now I was nervous. I dragged my poor, long-suffering critique partner by the hand to the salon Trident had reserved in the hotel. We chatted for a while with Kimberly and some of her authors, and before I left, she asked me to send her a query and let her know what I write.

I didn't follow up as soon as I went home. Why? Well, I suppose we all have our fears, and this woman is an agent for some very big names (Cherry Adair, Roxanne St. Clair, Karen Kendall...you get the picture) So, I admit I was afraid.

After a conversation with another author, Candy Halliday, who uses the same agency, I decided to go for it. I sent a query email to Kimberly, but didn't really expect anything to come of it.

Within a week, she requested the first 100 pages of ALL THREE of my manuscripts. I was floored, to say the least, but sent them anyway. Now, I realize this isn't a contract offer, and she might still reject me once she reads the work, but at least she didn't reject me based on the query alone. It's been a little over a week since I sent in the requested work, and I'm trying not to check email sixty times a day or jump every time the phone rings. I dread going to the mailbox - from what I've heard, if they reject me, it'll be by mail or email, and if they offer to take me as a client, they'll call. I don't really know if that's how it works, but that's what I've heard.

So, keep your fingers crossed, and I'll keep you posted.

Regards,
Susan
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Contest for Cobblestone Inn! [Sep. 15th, 2006|09:53 am]
sgreeneauthor
Okay, if you read the excerpt, here's the question.

Who starred with Julia Roberts in the movie Liz references in the excerpt?

First one to post the right answer wins a copy of Starstruck!

Good luck!

Susan
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Book Reviews [Sep. 4th, 2006|01:51 pm]
sgreeneauthor
[Current Location |Garage office]
[mood |curiouscurious]

I have a question. Do any of you read book reviews? I mean, do you read them before buying a book - do they have any effect on your decision whether to read or not read a certain book?

I'm just curious. I am getting very good reviews so far, but I know reviews are also highly subjective. I've seen books that I really liked get very so-so reviews, and books that I didn't like get good ones. So, I'm wondering, as readers, how do YOU view reviews?

Speaking of reviews...

There's a great new review site strictly for ebooks starting up. There's a forum there where readers can discuss the latest in ebooks, and their opinions on them. Right now, they're in need of reviewers, so anyone interested can check out this link. Just join the forum and PM either the webmistress Stella or Ashely, the review coordinator.

http://ritesofromance.iforumer.com

I'm also considering doing some book reviews here, for books that I've read. Is anyone interested in reading them?

Thanks
Susan
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More reviews for Snowbound and a NEW RELEASE next week! [Aug. 18th, 2006|03:38 pm]
sgreeneauthor
Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know...I've been really slack about keeping up with this blog thing. I've been busy, but I'll spare you the details.

In any case, Snowbound, my first book, continues to get excellent reviews. Fallen Angel gave it FIVE angels - a big shock but a nice surprise to come home to after the RWA Conference in Atlanta. You can see that review here:

http://www.fallenangelreviews.com/2006/July/Tewanda-Snowbound.htm

Another site, Romance Junkies, gave it four blue ribbons. Here's their review:

http://www.romancejunkiesreviews.com/artman/publish/article_6241.shtml

And it got an excellent review from Joyfully Reviewed - they don't rank their reviews, but she seemed to really like the book. Their site is here:

http://www.joyfullyreviewed.com/reviews/Snowbound.html

In any case, it's a thrill to know you're doing something that people enjoy. I realize reviews are very subjective by nature, but it's still nice to know people are reading the book and like what I've done.

My next book, Starstruck, will be released next week by Cobblestone Press! Check out my website, www.susangreene.net for more info and an excerpt of the book!

Well, that's about it for today - heading out for vacation tomorrow, and I must go pack. I'll report in again next week.

Regards,
Susan
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