Susan Spann

About me

Susan Spann lives in Northern California with her husband, teenage son and three cats (one of which is large enough that it really counts as two). She is a member of the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers’ Association and is represented by literary agent Sandra Bond of the Bond Literary Agency.

When not running amok or too far in the weeds, Susan writes the SHINOBI mysteries, featuring master ninja Hiro Hattori and his Portuguese Jesuit sidekick, Father Mateo. The first novel, in which Hiro has just three days to find a samurai’s killer and save the life of the beautiful geisha accused of the crime, is scheduled for publication in Spring 2013 by St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

Susan also likes archery, gardening and reading, but does not much like writing biographical statements. You can find her on Twitter: @SusanSpann, where she founded the #PubLaw hashtag.

From my website

Negotiating Preparation and Delivery of a Manuscript

Today’s #PubLaw takes a look at negotiating the contract provisions dealing with final preparation and delivery of a manuscript. The “preparation & delivery” paragraphs usually contain the dates when the publisher expects the author to deliver the final Work, as well as the form and format the Publisher requires. Some contracts also include additional delivery…

On Opinions, and Why They Matter

I’ll start by acknowledging the obvious: I write books. I read books. I love books, and I love the fact that many different books exist – even if I don’t enjoy them all. The Internet has created an unprecedented opportunity for authors to reach an audience, and equal opportunities for readers to…

Ask #PubLaw: Deriving “Inspiration” From Other Works

Today’s Ask #PubLaw is actually a two-part question: “What’s the legality of using other works as “inspiration” for new works? When do you need a license?”  The short answer is that it depends on the copyright status of the work the author wants to use for inspiration. This week, we’ll…

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