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Launch day is a little more than a month away. It's hard to believe my book baby is about to come into a world already filled with so many books I don't know how she'll find her way.  

It's been an interesting and exciting process from the letter I got from Tirgearr Publishing last July saying they wanted to send me a contract up until all the edits were made, the proofreading done, and the cover designed. 

The cover designer created an enticing cover. Now, I'm in the process of getting reviews. I have to admit, I was terrified when I sent out the requests to Amazon's Top Reviewers. Would they hate it? Would they say terrible things about my book?

When the first 5-star review came back only 2 days after I sent the Advanced Reader Copy, I cried, I hate to admit it, but I did. The second one, also 5-star, came early the next morning and when my husband got up I was already sitting at my computer, tears streaming down my face. "What's the matter?" he asked. "Did somebody die?" It was nearly impossible to explain to him what I was feeling. I shared the review with some of my best writing friends, confessed my meltdown and asked the question, "Why does it mean so much?"

My friend, Lloyd Meeker, a wonderful writer, himself, sent the following e-mail and I think he nailed exactly why it means so much to us writers. This is what he said. "This is wonderful, Susan! It's incredible when someone really "gets" what we write -- not just the technique, structure, pacing, dialogue, etc., but the actual story.

Why does it mean so much? Because an understanding stranger really "saw" your creation, and therefore saw something of your truth, too. The anthropologist Eliade declared that the two strongest desires in human experience are to know another and to be known. When someone "gets" something I've written, I feel known at some deep psychic level, and it is an indescribably rich, nourishing experience for me."

I'll probably get some bad reviews along the way, but the shock will be cushioned by those first two good ones.  And with good writing friends like Lloyd, I'll weather the storm. 

A Bend In The Willow is now available for preorder for only $.99
The price will increase after launch.  If you'd like to order a copy, here's a link: 




12/08/2016 4:39pm

Wishing you every success in your adventure with Bend in the Willow!

Kathy Goldner
12/09/2016 2:43am


arthur kerns
12/09/2016 11:46am

Good Luck! All writers know that it's an exciting time for a new launch.

12/11/2016 9:28am

The reason your writing has attracted readers and five stars is because it touches the heart. Enjoy this time. I believe there will be many, many stars in your future.

12/13/2016 10:16am

You're up to 3 great reviews, and your book is still pre-release! I can't wait until Amazon tells me it's been uploaded!


Congratulations to you! As a writer, it's really a dream for us to have our written pieces have its own, hard bound copy, which is a book. It seems like you've really put your body in mind for " A Bend In The Willow. Every sweat was worth it! You've been into many editings and revisions that made your piece better. I am so happy for you. I hope many writers out there would get the same opportunity as you've had!

12/26/2016 7:31am

I'm amazed after watching your blog and the story you shared about your business was quite interesting. Hope that this launch day was gone well.

Barry Wilson
12/28/2016 7:29am

Reading this terrific novel also had the interesting byproduct of affirming for us Mircea Elliade's axiomatic proclamation that "Light does not come from light, but from darkness."
The following e. e. cummings' quotes may seem applicable any review of this work (a well-crafted with love effort) as well:
“We do not believe in ourselves until someone reveals that deep inside us something is valuable, worth listening to, worthy of our trust, sacred to our touch. Once we believe in ourselves we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.”
“Love is the voice under all silences, the hope which has no opposite in fear; the strength so strong mere force is feebleness: the truth more first than sun, more last than star...”
"Miracles are to come. With you I leave a remembrance of miracles: they are somebody who can love and who shall be continually reborn, a human being; somebody who said to those near him, when his fingers would not hold a brush 'tie it to my hand'"

12/31/2016 1:32am

They way you work on your product is quite impressive, and I'll surely looking forward to try your product as you are giving it at a very good price.

01/03/2017 11:24pm

It's really an interesting idea, I never thought it before. A very nice article!

Andreas Goldner
01/26/2017 7:57am

This Blog really tells it like it is. Susan has done a remarkable job.
The best advise I have for partners is to take over the house hold chores so the writer can devote her energies toi the creative art.

04/12/2017 6:49am

This is such an exciting news. You have done a great job. Cheers!


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