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Susan’s Promo Tales: Where’d the Personal Touch Go?

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

As I was prepping for my workshop — on all things reviews — something dawned on me: book publicity has changed. I have lists here on the site of the guest blog posts I’ve written over the years and of the interviews I’ve given. They go back years and while some of these sites are […]

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An Editor’s Life: Conference Textures

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

I do it every other year, and every other year, it’s completely different. I’m talking about the Pennwriters Annual Conference. Every other year, it’s held in my backyard of Pittsburgh. I get to sleep at home, escape early from the chaos, and have some good decompression time. And I drive a lot. Half hour each […]

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Lines of Distinction: Love Unleashed by Marcia James

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

He gazed at her sexy mouth. “Want me to give into my urges?” Wow. Good line! Amazon BN Apple Kobo

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#SaystheEditor: Inherent Writerly Insecurity

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

Last week, one of my friends and clients — we’ll call her Stevie — got a rejection from a literary agent. She asked me for my interpretation (“Hey, she strongly encourages you to query others so yes, I’d say she’s encouraging.” I am very helpful at times, aren’t I?) and then said she wasn’t happy […]

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#SaystheEditor: Standing, Sitting

Author: Susan Helene Gottfried

If you follow West of Mars on Facebook, you’ve seen mention of my new desk, which lets me go from standing to sitting with the push of a lever. I love being able to stand and work. And dance and work (because you know me and the Spotify’s always jamming away when I’m working and […]

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