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 “Acceptance” of a Creative Work

Traditional publishing contracts typically contain a paragraph called “Acceptance” (or sometimes, “Delivery and Acceptance”) which details the timing and conditions that govern the publisher’s acceptance (or rejection) of a manuscript after delivery. Many authors are surprised to learn that contracts contain an “out” for the publisher after delivery–but it makes sense in the…

Gone to (Murder at) the Beach….

This week, I’m attending Bouchercon 45: a massive, annual mystery convention. This year, the convention is taking place in Long Beach, California. I’ll have posts on the convention next week, but in the meantime, here’s a photograph of the view from the hotel room:   … and another from my visit…

Why Does Veterans’ Day Fall on November 11?

In the United States, November 11 is Veterans’ Day, a day on which we remember and appreciate the men and women who serve and have served in our armed forces. The holiday (or “observance,” if you prefer) originated in November 1919, when President Wilson issued a proclamation recognizing November 11 as “Armistice…

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