Gettin’ Up to Date!

Hi-ho Su the author here! (points to anyone who knows where ‘Hi–ho!’ came from…other than the 7 dwarves) It’s once again been forever ago since I used this blog. So I figured now was as good a time as any to catch up. Lots of goings-ons with me and Dream Weaver Novels.

Dream Weaver cover cropped finalFirst, and possibly most exciting…Dream Weaver was named a finalist in the Readers Favorite International Book Award Contest in the Young Adult/Paranormal Fiction category! Damn! That’s a mouthful all on its own. But **squee**, isn’t that exciting??? I can hardly stand it! Guess we’ll find out in mid-September what the results are. Pins and needles until then.

Next, I released the third and final book in the Dream Weaver series entitled Breaking Normal. Originally, 6 years ago, it was going to be Private Eye. However, when the story unraveled, I discovered Emari Sweet wasn’t a PI, she was more of a police consultant. So the scramble began to re-title the thing. I knew it had to be something about ‘normal’ or more accurately, ‘abnormal’, since that’s all Em’s wanted since this whole nightmare began. Just normal. But when you discover that immortals truly exist, it’s next to impossible to find anything resembling normal. We tossed around Private Eyes (note the ‘s’) like the song; Shattered; Shattered Normal; Dare to Dream amongst others, but it kept coming back to Breaking Normal. But people asked, isn’t that too close to the TV show Breaking Bad? Finally, I appealed to a friend of mine, Jim Moser (Chasing Prophecy). He said, ya know, the show was geared to adults, not a teen audience, so it doesn’t matter if it’s close to Breaking Bad. Your audience is young adult. So, cool, I got my way anyway. Unfortunately, two other authors had the same idea, and two other books released since the beginning of June entitled Breaking Normal. Aw well. There’s only a billion Dream Weavers and Rock Stars out there. It’s not like there’s much under the sun that hasn’t been done.Breaking Normal front cover blue-001

So now, it’s on to marketing and promotion of the final book and the series. Tons to do there, as  you know. SO–here’s an opportunity to enter the giveaway of 1 of 5 signed copies of Breaking Normal on Goodreads. Reviews so far are 5 stars, the first came in within 24 hours. It blew my mind. I’ve contacted readers who reviewed Rock Star on Goodreads, and gave them the info on Breaking Normal. To my surprise, several had already purchased it or entered the giveaway; and I discovered I have more actual ‘fans’ than I realized. That was encouraging…and a little humbling.

BREAKING NORMAL GIVEAWAY ON GOODREADS

All three series covers have been entered in the AuthorsdB.com cover contest. Dream Weaver made it to the semi-finals in 2013! And your votes will count. I’ll post the links once they’re approved and go live.

dollarphotoclub-origami-just1dollar-286x240I’ve joined a great new graphics website called Dollar Photo Club. Not sure how I discovered them, but I absolutely fell in love with them. It’s super simple to join and they have the best image compilation of any I’ve seen. Their images are fantastic, and for just $10/month I get 10 downloads and extras are only a $1. Downloads you haven’t used carry over to the next month, so don’t lose anything. I was actually so impressed, I became an ambassador for them. So if you’re looking for professional, high-quality images for your projects and would like to help me out, follow this link: Su’s Dollar Photo Club. I thought I’d just use them for book images, (I did Breaking Normal, and redid Rock Star’s covers) but I’ve used them on other projects including a Facebook page called Dear Robin- Love Letters to the Lost Ones in RS red rocker fire skull front cover small file-001honor of the late great Robin Williams. The page is a place to write letters, not only to Robin, but anyone you’ve lost and didn’t get to say something to. It’s been well received so far, over 100 ‘likes’ in less than a week and some beautiful messages, posts and links have been posted. I invite you, if you’re a fan, to come and say ‘goodbye’ to the man loved by so many, or someone else you wish you’d said something to.

OK, I feel like I exploded all over you. Was it good for you? LOL Thanks for stopping by and listening to me ramble.

As Always!

Dare to Dream!

Su

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We interrupt this blog post…momentarily…for this GREAT announcement! The cover art for Dream Weaver is a semi finalist in the AuthorsdB.com cover contest! Thanks to all who voted! New info on the semi final vote will be posted here in the near future. We now return you to the previously scheduled post….

CAN YOU USE CAMERA TECHNIQUES IN WRITING A NOVEL?

I’m not exactly sure how I found CS Lakin, but I’m glad I did. I don’t subscribe to a lot of blogs, but Lakin’s ‘Live. Write. Thrive.’ is one I love. So, I wanted to share her blog with my visitors.

Susanne, tell us a little about yourself.

I’m a novelist, a copyeditor, a writing coach, a mom, a backpacker, and a whole bunch of other things.

I teach workshops on the writing craft at writers’ conferences and retreats. If your writers’ group would like to have me teach, drop me a line. I live in California, near San Francisco, just so you know how far away I am from you and your writer friends. I also enjoy guest blogging, so contact me if you’d like me to write a post on writing, editing, or Labrador retrievers (just threw that in there; I’m not an expert but I love them). I am, however, quite the expert on pygmy goats. I ran a commercial pygmy goat farm for ten years and delivered a lot of kids! So, if you need some goat advice, I’m your gal.

A novelist, copyeditor, and writing coach? What kind of services to you provide?

I love to help writers with their novels. I specialize in thorough annotated critiques (I do about 200 partial and full manuscripts a year!), so if you have a manuscript that needs some work or you’re not sure if it does, check out my site specifically dedicated to my critique services. You’ll find a lot of informative articles on why you might need a critique and how to choose the right editor for your needs. Not many copyeditors are writers, and few know how to critique all the major elements that hold a novel together.

Wow, that sounds great! What kinds of resources can working authors expect to find on your blog?

CS and Coaltrane

Here are a couple of articles I wrote for other authors.

first page checklist for Novels
Fiction Critique Checklist
And some posts I’ve written as a guest blogger.
How to Tap into Your Passion Every Time You Write ~ on Write to Done
The Secret to “Show, Don’t Tell” ~ on Wordplay, K. M. Weiland’s blog
5 Key Questions to Ask as You Write Your Novel ~ on Write to Done
You have a unique technique (say that fast 3 times) that you share with authors, in which, you combine writing and film. Tell us about some of those posts.

Cinematic POV—Anything but Subjective

In last week’s post I introduced the POV shot used in movie scripts. In a screenplay, when a POV shot is specified, the writer is instructing this segment of film to be shot as if looking through the eyes of a particular character (or object, as we saw in the excerpt from The Fugitive). Sound familiar? It’s exactly what novelists do all the time. But there’s a difference.

Remember, the camera has no thoughts or feelings; it only observes and records. It’s a way of shifting what the camera is seeing, but it’s not subjective. It’s wholly objective. And this, for most novelists, is a bit foreign. For, POV and subjectivity seem to go hand in hand, right? Not in screenplays.

Using the camera shot POV is a great technique novelists can imitate. For some writers, the idea of showing a scene completely devoid of emotion, reaction, internalizing, and opining may seem counterintuitive—or downright counterproductive. Isn’t the whole point to tell a story up close and personal?

Follow Along for a Powerful Camera Shot

Depending on the point of view and style of writing, moving shots can either seem like they are occurring inside the character’s head in the way they view and interact with their world or can appear as if we are watching the character in motion. Follow simply means what it implies: the camera follows the character in action. In a novel written in omniscient POV, the camera will often “follow” the characters and action as the story is told. In a novel using first-person point of view, writers can give a sense of “following” the character by moving along with them as they go about their business.

Pan to Take It All In

This week we’re going to talk about PANs. No, not the things in your kitchen. A PAN is used by the screenwriter to tell the camera to move from one place to another. PAN stands for panoramic and implies the camera pivoting while mounted or on a tripod. A PAN operates in real time, showing how long it takes or how far a character has to move across a space, and it can show the spatial relationships that exist in the story.

PAN left, PAN right. Why? To get the reader to shift focus and draw her attention to some detail. It emphasizes the character noticing something. Or looking for something. Or following something.

I love this! It has given me a great perspective on my writing. I’m so glad I found you! But you’re not just an editor and blogger. You’re also a writer. These are just a couple of your books.

Susanne also writes Fantasy and YA Sci-Fi.
CS, thank you for visiting. I hope my visitors will find your site as helpful as I have.AND COMING SOON FROM DREAM WEAVER NOVELS, THE TRAILER FOR DREAM WEAVER BOOK 1! AND MAYBE EVEN A NEW TITLE!
Thank you for taking the time to visit. You are so appreciated.
And as always…

Dare to Dream!
Su

USING CAMERA TECHNIQUES IN WRITING?

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Just a little test…

OK, my darlings! I finally made it aboard. I’ve been trying to perfect my post on blogspot for the featured website this week, Grammarly. If you haven’t seen them already, please check them out with the blogspot link below. They are going to be every new author’s best friend! And, I joined another group called Author’s Social Media Support Group and have been spending time each day following and liking some of the 80 pages of links. These are also fantastic! I posted an interview with Arthur Crandon, a member of ASMSG and my blog visits were blown completely out of the water. He bumped me from 600-800 views per month to 900-1000 views per month and broke my all time record for most viewed post! AND I’m still helping the young Sam Whitehouse with the edits for his book AND running edits for my next book Rock Star through Grammarly. Phew! And I work too. Crazy busy. But so so glad to be here with you all and look forward to all we can accomplish together.Image

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