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” Use of a Pseudonym

Today’s #PubLaw installment takes a look at the issue of pseudonyms, and how to address them in a contract. IT’S LEGAL TO USE A PSEUDONYM, BUT NOT TO ENGAGE IN FRAUD. Authors often use pseudonyms (aka “pen names”) when they can’t or don’t want to use their legal names in…

If You Want to Succeed, the Rules Apply to You

In publishing, as in life, there’s a tendency for people to think “the rules” exist for other people. “Rules are made to be broken,” right? Wrong. If you want to succeed, the rules apply to you. “Rules,” in the publishing context, refers to everything from “following the submission guidelines” to…

Negotiating Territorial and Translation Rights

Last week, we started our look at contract negotiation with a review of “primary rights,” meaning print, ebook and serial rights. This week, we look at the other primary rights: territorial rights and translation rights. (Note: some people consider territory and translation secondary rights, and that’s fine too.) Negotiating Territorial…

 
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