Susan Gottfried Susan's Comments (member since Jan 10, 2010)

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Jun 28, 2011 11:15AM

26989 I, too, have a 99c short story offering on Kindle and Smashwords (and Smashwords affiliates). It's a total stand-alone, but if you've read my other fiction, you get the wink and a nod in it.
May 06, 2011 12:50PM

26989 The Weekend Hangout is open at the Meet and Greet at West of Mars! A great way to meet new people and visit new blogs.

(Yes, I do this every Friday through Sunday. Come play!)
Apr 15, 2011 02:11PM

26989 Hey, Darlene! I am a BookCrosser, also. Always nice to meet someone in the community.
Apr 15, 2011 11:22AM

26989 I'm one of 17 authors who joined up for the anthology With Love. The money from it is going to Doctors without Borders.


Mar 26, 2011 08:37AM

26989 The Weekend Hangout is up and running!

If you played last week, your comments won't need to go through moderation again. If not, why are you waiting???
Mar 18, 2011 09:57AM

26989 I got it, Suzanne. You've cleared comment moderation, so come on by and start hanging out. The more comments you leave, the more you'll get in return!
Mar 18, 2011 05:01AM

26989 Hey, bloggers! I have begun the Weekend Hangout at my blog, The Meet and Greet at West of Mars. Come on by and check out the rules (they are easy) -- it's a more structured blog hop, and you can play as often or as little as you want. The more you play, the more folk you meet -- and, if folk follow the rules properly, the more traffic you'll get.

I've done this before and made friends who outlasted the life of the game.

Full rules and whatnot at the post.
E-Books (464 new)
Mar 06, 2011 08:11AM

26989 It's time to hang with a rock star or two -- for free! Yep, gang, in honor of Read an E-Book Week, both Demo Tapes anthologies are FREE this week. Trevor's Song, my full-length novel featuring the same characters, is half off. That's three books for $1.50!
Feb 23, 2011 04:51AM

26989 Angelique, look up Ramona DeFelice Long. She's a personal friend, a professional editor, and damn good. You won't encounter any of Lily's worries with her.
Jan 15, 2011 06:41AM

26989 J, you can't please everyone. That is why it's important to keep your audience in mind -- even if you define audience as "Anyone who won't be offended by the language."
Jan 14, 2011 09:02AM

26989 I love that. You're too stupid to s*** in the privy. That is one heck of a fabulous insult. We should bring that one back into everyday use.
E-Books (464 new)
Jan 13, 2011 11:45AM


Go to the formatting guide and follow its steps exactly. You'll be fine. I use the Smashwords-formatted manuscript to make final changes for the Kindle edition.

Good luck!
Jan 09, 2011 08:44AM

26989 No, I think that's a valid point, Lily. Maybe we need to relabel this as Time Travel to Regency England.

But man, that's a mouthful.
Jan 09, 2011 07:44AM

26989 LA, I had to go back and remind myself of your initial post -- that this is a modern woman dropped back in time. In that context, yeah, it works. And certainly, if we're reading the book, we won't need that reminder.

I'm with whoever said having this heroine struggle with her potty mouth would be a great subplot.

I don't agree about the language being a sign of a weak character. I write about rockers. Musicians. You know. Rock and roll. The language is part of the subculture. The people who *don't* swear stand out like a sore thumb.
E-Books (464 new)
Dec 25, 2010 01:13PM

26989 Gang, if you know anyone who got an e-reader for Christmas (or just want to pick up a few new reads at a discount, yourself), I've decided to discount my trio 50% until January 1. You'll have to pick them up at Smashwords, but if you read e-books but don't have an account there, you're missing out. Lots of good stuff, and a lot of freebies (especially during the site-wide promotions).

Use these coupons:
Demo Tapes: Year 1 -- UN55K
Demo Tapes: Year 2 -- UC87W
Trevor's Song -- XK52R

That's three books for $4! It's the perfect time to join the Trevolution!
Dec 10, 2010 04:48AM

26989 You know, it's really sad to have to use the phrase, "rival authors."

There are an awful lot of readers out there, and more being formed each day. Why are we fighting over them so nastily?
Dec 03, 2010 09:30AM

26989 Your call, my friend. I can only respond to what's in the inbox, unfortunately. And encourage people like you to stuff it...
Dec 02, 2010 04:56AM

26989 Yay, indeed! Darcia, let us know what else we can do to get the word out. I'll do more posts at Win a Book if you think it'll help. Not too many or they'll come off as spam, but I'm willing to do one about halfway through, and one again right before the contest end. For a long promotion, this isn't a bad strategy.
Bloggers Wanted (4 new)
Oct 16, 2010 04:52AM

26989 If you don't want to restrict yourself to kindle readers only, there are lots of other places to network. A million, in fact. (there's also now a Smashwords author's blog at

One great spot for networking, since you are using a small press, is Bestseller Bound.

There's a section at Bestseller Bound for authors to use when they are looking for reviews -- and hosts for a blog tour. These authors are also very active, chipping in to put on events at their own blogs and help get each other's names out there.

And, of course, once you have interviews and guest posts go live, drop us a link at West of Mars Win a Book and we'll post those for you, too.

Good luck! This is the time-consuming part, but man, it is FUN.

--Susan at West of Mars
Oct 09, 2010 09:20AM

26989 Clearly, Dr. Alex, I need to spend some therapy time with you, as I'd been fairly convinced you were a fictional character. And thus, I need to apologize for shoving you so haphazardly on my bedside table. That position you wound up in this morning, when I got up to shower, must have been fairly uncomfortable, given where the remotes ended up.
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