Susan Speaks: The Small but Super-Secret Project!


Ever since I put The Demo Tapes: Year 1 out, back in November of 2008, I have asked for one simple thing for my birthday: royalties.

Okay, I ask for iTunes gift cards, too.

But I can hardly ask you guys to buy me iTunes gift cards, any more than I can ask family and friends to buy yet more copies of my books. If I do that, I turn into one of those loser authors who sells more copies to family and friends than to actual readers, even if the family and friends hand those books over to people who become actual readers.

This year, I decided to make it easier for y’all to grant my birthday wish.

This is the Super Secret part of the day’s event. Because until now, I’ve been coy about my birthday. “Pick a day in April,” I’d say. That would be it. You’d never be wrong and I could continue on my merry way, absolutely loathing my birthday.

It’s not the whole getting a year older thing that inspires such disgust and hatred in me. Nope. It’s that no matter how low my expectations, they are NEVER met.

I’m changing that this year. I want royalties for my birthday (and the rest of the year, but let’s start small and special, shall we?) and so I have thrown up a charming little short story at Smashwords and Amazon. It’s called Mannequin. It’s the story of Lynne, whose dad takes her shopping with him at a high-end men’s boutique. Lynne likes to sit at the feet of the mannequin in the window and dream of what he’d be like if he were real. One day, a stranger walks in. For Lynne, nothing will be the same ever again.

You may recognize the stranger. You may not. But you’ll have to read the story to find out if you do or not.

C’mon. 99c. I bet it’s the cheapest birthday present you’ve ever bought.

Besides, how many birthday presents let YOU keep the goods?



  1. jbk

    April 12, 2011 8:52 am

    Well, Happy Birthday Month! (No, I didn’t sing it. I can whistle, but not sing.)

  2. Stacy Juba

    April 12, 2011 4:57 pm

    I’m going to download this on Smashwords. Sounds like a fun story! Hope you get lots of well-deserved royalties – don’t forget to come by and add the info and links to my 99 cent ebook post.

  3. Thomma Lyn

    April 12, 2011 5:50 pm

    WHEE! Happy Birthday, babe! Going off to Smashwords to download. 😀 And big ((((((hugs)))))))!

  4. Darcia Helle

    April 12, 2011 7:56 pm

    Happy birthday, Susan! I hope it’s the best one ever! I’m off to check out your story. 🙂

  5. Michael Scott Miller

    April 12, 2011 8:14 pm

    Happy birthday, Susan! Not only is this present cheaper than an iTunes gift card, it’s cheaper than many of the songs on iTunes. I just purchased your story from Amazon. Have a great one.

  6. Dee

    April 12, 2011 8:25 pm

    Happy Birthday and story is bought waiting to be downloaded to the kindle 🙂 What a lovely idea! Can’t wait to read it!

  7. Robin

    April 12, 2011 8:51 pm

    Happy, Happy Birthday, Doll! Hope you have a wonderful day, month, year. Off to read your story.

  8. Teddy

    April 13, 2011 12:35 am

    I just bought it. Sounds quite intriguing!

    Happy Birthday and Many More!!

  9. Teddy

    April 18, 2011 1:46 am

    Wow Susan, you blew me away with this story! I feel like you gave me much more of a gift than I gave you by buying the story! Thank you!

    You can read my review, here:

  10. cheesygiraffe

    April 22, 2011 5:04 pm

    I just bought a copy. I was out of town when you posted this and catching up now. Happy Birthday whenever it is this month. xoxo

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