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My Twisty Turny Road to Publication – Susan Crawford

My Twisty Turny Road to Publication – Susan Crawford

I have always written. When I was a child, I had diaries jam-packed with angst and secrets, and, later, notebooks filled with fairly random thoughts, short-story parts, poetry. Writing was my escape as was reading. It was my therapy, my emotional purging, my joy. When my family exasperated me, an unhappily common occurrence, I would […]

April 20, 2018 | By | Reply More
My Road to Publication

My Road to Publication

I’ve always wanted to write, and even as a child I loved making up stories, and telling them to my younger sister. She would often ask if I could tell her one at night, to help her get off to sleep. Unfortunately, although, according to my English teacher, I had a good imagination, I was […]

March 14, 2018 | By | Reply More
Cover Story

Cover Story

When my publisher asked if I had any ideas in mind for the cover of my new book, I’m not sure they were prepared for the Pinterest board I’d been adding to steadily for over a year!  I had eleventy-million ideas and couldn’t begin to think how they could all be distilled down to one […]

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BEING AGENTED IRL – Part One

BEING AGENTED IRL – Part One

A Twenty-Five-Question Interview Published as a Five Part Series | Hosted by MM Finck | | Anonymously Answered By Agented Authors* with Varying Publishing Career Durations and Successes from Debut to Bestselling and Represented by Multiple Literary Agencies of Varying Sizes | QUESTION ONE Why did you choose the traditional publishing track? Abha: Because I […]

February 28, 2018 | By | Reply More
The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

The Unglamorous Part Of Writing

Writing is a solitary profession and extremely unglamorous. When I write, I need zero distractions: no Twitter, dirty dishes, Rightmove, eBay, Netflix or wine. In order to finish my book, I knew I needed to remove myself from all of these things, which is how I ended up in a rudimentary cabin on the moors, […]

January 13, 2018 | By | 3 Replies More
Republishing My Indie Book: Not Just An Ego Trip

Republishing My Indie Book: Not Just An Ego Trip

Self-publishing my book felt like giving birth in a bar. The atmosphere was unwelcoming, the people who assisted were incompetent—so much so that I felt I was doing it alone on a cold, cement floor reeking of cigarette smoke and liquor—and the product (had I not designed the cover, hired a professional editor, and done […]

July 11, 2017 | By | 4 Replies More
Let’s talk Book Translations!

Let’s talk Book Translations!

Let’s talk… in a different language… or in my case let my books talk. I have just a smattering of French, German and Russian at my disposal so that I can order a beer in those three languages and say thank you in a few more. Impressive – it is not. However, my books have […]

June 24, 2017 | By | Reply More
Can You Think Like A Publisher?

Can You Think Like A Publisher?

When you’re an author-publisher, or self-published author, you face nearly all the choices a traditional publisher faces, but in a much more intimate, more personally-invested, more personally-at-risk way. This is a wonderful in some ways, and not so good in others. For about seventeen years in my callow youth I worked in publishing as an […]

May 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Changing Publishers

Changing Publishers

I tend to abide by the “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” motto. I’ve held the same job for almost twenty years, been wearing my hair in the same style (give or take the bangs) most of my adult life, and I don’t immediately purchase “the next best thing” if my current devices are […]

February 2, 2017 | By | Reply More
Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

Promotion Is Pay, Pay, Pay as You Go

When you’re a published author, whether self-published, with a small publisher, or with one of the big boys, you find out pretty quickly that promotion, for the most part, falls on your shoulders—and stealthily slips its sticky fingers into your wallet. Business cards, bookmarks, Facebook ads, magazine ads, Website ads, Kirkus Reviews, BookBub, any number […]

January 15, 2017 | By | 19 Replies More