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

Conferences and Copyrights

Most authors attend a writers’ conference at least once (for many, at least once a year) in a writing career. (If you haven’t, I recommend it highly, for many reasons.) Conferences are a gold mine of information, education, and opportunities to make connections and reconnect with friends. And, like every other…

The Emperor Has No Emotional Pants, Either.

I’m posting this in honor of some writer friends whose debut novels will soon head out on submission to publishing houses — and for everyone else who could use a reminder that none of us is as alone as it may seem. Published authors are always successful, and never afraid of anything.…

Copyright Ownership Statements in Publishing Contracts

Copyright protection is automatic and attaches to qualifying works (like novels) at the time of creation. Author can—purposefully or accidentally—transfer copyright, and the attendant sub-rights therein, by contract. Any time a copyrightable work is published (by any method) the author should have a written contract governing the terms of the publication. (When…

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