Author Connie Suttle

Author Connie Suttle:
Urban Fantasy/ Young Adult

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Questions

Hello, everybody! Hope your week is going well. The reason I'm writing this blog post is to ask a few questions. Last Saturday, I went to a writer's meeting. The speaker, a well-known author, said he writes blogs three times a week. Regularly. Well, color me embarrassed. All of you know that if I get even one post out a week, it's a miracle or something. So, I'm asking you--how often do you think I should blog? Once a week? Twice? Three (shoot me now) times?

Also, this same writer said that he writes book reviews on his blog. (Gasp!) I seldom do reviews, or if I do, they're short and sweet. So, again, what would you like to see me blog about? Or, would you like guest posts from other people (authors, bloggers, etc.)? More short stories? I may have a couple lying around. I even have one (a very strange one) about the expiring Mayan calendar and a conversation between two deities that I've considered putting up--with a disclaimer, of course :)

Therefore, here's your chance to make suggestions. I can't make any guarantees--after all, if you want me to blog about marmosets and lemurs, I will respectfully decline.

Connie

35 comments:

  1. Let's see: you could give us all the spoilers, nah
    you could say hi to us everyday, nah
    Would I love to hear from you, oh yes BUT
    Seriously, I for one would rather have you pop in now and again and keep writing my book fixes
    What works for one author doesn't always work for another. I think you have a pretty solid group of fans. We try to get the word out about you.
    So, whatever you feel comfortable with is okay with me.

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    1. Hi, Dolly!
      So far, everybody agrees with you :) I think I will put up the Mayan calendar thing, though. Hope you're doing well!
      Connie

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    2. Dolly, I couldn't agree with you more!

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    3. As always, Dolly says it best! You write it and I'll read it!

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    4. Connie,
      Do Not Change a thing about youre style or what other Authors do no disrespect to them but I truely hate having to wait a yr for the next book to come out! It makes me sometimes leave the Author. Put your work into your books youre readers love you and we know you love us! I read so many books on my kindle fire that all I ask for is Amazon gift cards for holidays lol. I love everything about you so dont change anything!
      xoxox
      Margie

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  2. Oh PLEASE blog about marmosets and lemurs!!! What fun! Seriously, I don't read ANY author's blog on a regular basis, so maybe I'm the exception rather than the rule, but here's my take: I like to find out how they're progressing on the books I'm waiting OH SO PATIENTLY for them to finish. I like to hear about any other authors that they like - short blurbs about a book is fine, but reviews are unnecessary. If you like another author's works, and I like you, then I might like this other author also (because, of course, it's all about me, ya know?). After that, I think it's whatever makes you happy - if you start blogging all the time and suddenly I'm not getting my Lissa and Bumble fix (see before - it's all about me), then you're obviously blogging TOO MUCH! Snippets of things going on with you, your rants and raves - all of that is cool! Have fun with it - if it's a chore, then stop! I'm going to read your books regardless!

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    1. Thanks, Mary!
      I was worried that I wasn't keeping up with my authorly duties. I appreciate your post more than I can say :)
      Connie

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  3. I would rather read books than blogs any day! Not that I wouldn't read a blog....but I am willing to read whatever , whenever!

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  4. I'd rather you keep writing your books than blog regularly. I don't want your blogging to take any time away from your book writing time. Just keep us up to date every now and then to let us know of upcoming releases.

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  5. Thanks! I'll do my best to keep everyone updated, I promise :)

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  6. I am going to agree with Mary 100%. It's great if you want to blog about your life, or about your books, or about why the sky is blue...if you write it, I'll read it. That having been said, do whatever makes YOU happy. If you're happy, then we're happy. :-)

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  7. DUDE write whenever and about whatever u want as far as reviews well if u read is and enjoy let us know chances are if we like what u write we will like some of what u read that is how I found you. ;-))

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  8. to be honest i don't read other authors blogs... yours is the only one i read and that is probably because you actually take the time to ask for our inputs and if we have a question about something in one of your books you actually take the time to answer us... I mean you have always answered my questions and i really appreciated it... would i love more teasers yes.... but i think everyone would... lol or any other short stories you have laying around... Do i want you slaving over this blog no way... I want a happy Connie... Cause if your happy we're happy... There's a reason your my favorite author... and its cause you really care...

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    1. Thank you! I got a little misty when I read your comment--that really means a lot to me.

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  9. I agree with what everyone has already written. You're one of the few authors that can publish so many books in one year (on the same series). This means that instead of waiting really long for another book to come out - we are a bit spoiled with how relatively short the wait is between books - we can find out what happens next usually within a couple of months. I would rather continue with more completed books and perhaps a few teasers in between if that's possible, than more blogging. Besides, you're one of the very few authors who actually responds to every blog. How rare is that?

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  10. I don't think you need to blog 3 times a week. The author who does that probably only publishes once a year or more. So s(he) has to keep up a stronger web presence.

    More short stories would be nice if it does not interfere with your book publishing schedule.


    A blurb about upcoming books would be nice also.


    But if you don't, it doesn't matter. You publish good books monthly.

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    1. Thanks! I am definitely considering the short story route! There are a few scenes from Saa Thalarr books that could easily be transformed into short stories :)

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  11. Connie, I agree with what everyone else has said. Your method is working for you so why change it. Also, if I wanted to hear from other authors, would go thier websites or blogs. You are doing a great job of keeping your readers informed, so do not worry about blogging more. An occasional short story would be nice. (LOL)

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    1. Hi, Pony! You may definitely get your wish on the short stories :D
      Hope all is well with you!

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  12. Anything you would write I'll read. I'm not picky.

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  13. I think you should do what you like. I am curious though. I have read a few short stories here and a you mentioned other short stories you had. Are you going to eventually put a compilation of these short stories together in an ebook format so that we can grab them all at once? After I discovered your blog I went through every single one of your previous blogs reading :p I liked your short stories a lot :p

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    1. Yes--I would LOVE to publish an e-book (or two) of short stories. The one I'd start with is about Devin and Dragon, and how he forced her to compete in the Summer Solstice Trials on Falchan. I have to rewrite/revise, since I yanked it out of the book it was living in. Right now, it's more than 10,000 words and needs some work :)

      Thanks for posting!
      Connie

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  15. Just another voice in the chorus...When you blog, it's about something substantial, not "I had oatmeal this morning..." stuff I've read on blogs of authors who put out a book once a year. Your publishing rate is nothing short of astonishing, and I see your blogs as supporting your writing by requesting reader input, ideas, etc. rather than replacing it. I, as everyone else in the chorus, very much prefer it that way.

    That said, I really enjoy the story snippets and would urge you, if you're comfortable with the notion, to expand your use the blog as a channel for testing new ideas. Remember, you can ask for input without responding about what you decide, to keep spoilers to a minimum. As I'm already in awe of the breadth of your imagination, I can't promise to contribute anything meaningful to the exchange, but I'd enjoy the attempt.

    Finally, please keep in mind that you tell a more effective story than virtually anyone else out there. Please don't fall victim to people who are very good at telling you how well they write. It reminds me of a story Hemingway would recount of another writer who told him he could be really good if he'd learn to write longer sentences...

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    1. What a wonderful, inspirational post, Librovore--thank you! You've given me several ideas, and I'll likely implement them soon, beginning with asking everybody which characters they'd like to see have their own short stories or books :) I can't promise that everyone might get their wish, but it will be good information to consider.

      Have a wonderful weekend!
      Connie

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  16. Hi Connie

    I just finished Blood Wager and thought I'd pop over and share that I very much enjoyed your characters and plot line.

    I have been reading all indies lately, and had started to feel I couldn't find anymore worth reading (I blogged today ranting about how much junk I've found.)

    Thank you for breaking the pattern. *smile*

    By the way, I live in Tampa. Have you ever visited? Six blocks from the beach? There aren't a lot of beaches in Tampa. You have to cross the bay to truly find beaches. I complain a lot *laugh* (that's why I stopped writing reviews) I made too many cry.

    Take care,
    Mac

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    1. Hi, Mac!
      Thank you for taking a chance on Blood Wager. Yes, I have visited Tampa, although it's usually not for long--generally I'm on my way to Fort Myers Beach or Sanibel Island. I hope you'll forgive me if I've stretched (or ignored) the truth regarding the safe house being five miles south of Tampa and near the beach, as I was thinking fondly of the beaches farther south.

      Hope you're having a wonderful weekend, and thanks for posting.
      Connie

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  17. I am not going to re-say what everyone else has already said I will just say DITTO. The only thing I would add is just be true to yourself as you can see it works.

    Take Care,

    Lisa

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