Friday, June 10, 2011

My Guest - Suzan Harden!

I have a guest today! One of the great things about writing is getting to meet so many wonderful authors along the way.  Suzan's been working hard and now has two books released.  I've got my copies and can't wait to start reading!  Welcome Suzan! 



It’s a scary proposition to start your own business. Even scarier in today’s economy. And scariest of all? A business in arts and entertainment, one of the most unstable fields you can enter. But that’s exactly what I did in April. I started my own publishing company, Angry Sheep Publishing.

I have to give full credit for the sheep analogy to my online friend, Angela Benedetti. Angie writes for Torquere Press, an e-publisher specializing in LGBT romance. One day we were both bemoaning the current either-print-or-digital-only tug-of-war in publishing. She mentioned that it didn’t matter who she spoke with on which side of the debate. She was always accused of following the other side’s herd. And dammit, she wasn’t a sheep. She could think for herself.

I agree with Angie’s general philosophy—not every type of publishing is right for every writer and a story should be available in as many formats as possible. I also believe there’s room for everyone at the table. It didn’t help that I was getting the either-you’re-with-us-or you’re-against-attitude from some of my other writer friends as well. So after I vented to my husband later that night, he suggested I change the name of my blog from ‘Wild, Wicked & Wacky’ to ‘The Angry Sheep.’

Well, I didn’t change the name of my blog, but Angry Sheep Publishing was born.

Taking the indie publishing route has been scary, yes. I’m fully responsible for content, covers, editing and marketing. But also it’s also exhilarating. I’ve stretched myself further artistically than I thought possible.

Should every writer self-publish? Honestly, that’s up to each writer. I’m not going to lie. It’s damn hard work. But then I look at the cover for Blood Magick, the one my husband and I did all by ourselves, and I get a thrill that I made this e-book possible.

And someday, hopefully soon, I’ll have a print version of Blood Magick available as well.

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Blood Magick is the first novel of Bloodlines, an urban fantasy series.

Blurb

It’s not the family you’re born to. It’s the Family you join.

Blood

Caesar Augustine has survived on it for millennia, but his friend Natasha believed she was close to a cure for vampirism. When she dies and her lab notes disappear, Caesar’s only chance to walk in sunlight again is finding her granddaughter Bebe, the one witch Natasha would trust with her research. But getting Bebe to trust him is another matter altogether.

Magick

Dr. Bebe Zachary has feared and mistrusted vampires for seventeen years, since the night she witnessed two of the bloodsuckers brutally murder her parents. When Caesar Augustine comes to her with an insane story that her grandmother’s death was no accident, the last thing she wants to do is believe him. Except her cousins have challenged Bebe for leadership of their coven, somebody definitely wants her dead too, and Caesar is the only the person standing between her and the grave.

Blood Magick is currently available through the following retailers:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Smashwords

XinXii

15 comments:

William Simon said...

Okay, tradition must be observed:

SUZE!!!!

Now that's done. Readers, all I can say is this.

Read Suzan's books. Seriously. She's one of the best in the business, and has the remarkable talent to make the reader shiver on one page and burst out laughing on the next.

Read her. Honest, you won't be disappointed....

jbrayweber said...

Angry Sheep. Love it, Suzan! Do you count angry sheep as they jump fences every night? Do you consider yourself a spitting mad black sheep? LOL!

Great guest blog, and your blurb has me intrigued. I love paranormals!

Jenn!

Suzan Harden said...

Thanks, Will. You know I'm working hard on Zombie Love just for you.

Suzan Harden said...

Yes. Yes, I do consider myself a spitting mad black sheep, Jenn. Especially when folks like to tell me all the ways I'll fail.

That's the Angry Sheep cape comes out of the closet.

"Fast than a ATV, more powerful than a John Deere Tractor, able to leap round bales in a single bound, it's ANGRY SHEEP!"

Suzan Harden said...

And Melissa, thanks for letting me visit! It's always more fun playing in someone else's pasture.

Bethany said...

Great post, Suzan. Love the name of your publishing company. I don't think you'll fail. You've got tenacity and I can tell you're determined.

Congratulations and best wishes :-)

Heather said...

Congrats to Suzan! It is a scary thing to start your own business, bravo to her for jumping in!

Suzan Harden said...

Thank you, Bethany. These days failure is such a relative term. Poor Jerry Bruckheimer is considered a failure if his movie doesn't bring in $100 million the first weekend in theaters. I'd love it if my books bring an infitesimal fraction of one of his "failures." LOL

Suzan Harden said...

Nice to meet you, Heather! It's not my first try at a business, but I can honestly blame the failure of the last one on 9/11.

Bethany said...

Suzan,

$100 million, that's all? LOL

Anyway, I'm sure you'll do fine. It's been my experience the members of NWHRWA are incredibly talented/smart people. Take care
:-)

Melissa said...

Great to have you here, Suzan! Wishing you the best of luck and lots of sales!! Thanks to everyone for stopping by. :)

TessStJohn said...

Scary, exhilarating, and wonderful...I so agree, Suzan!!

Suzan Harden said...

Nice of you to drop by, Tess. Onward and upward! Baa!

Stacey Purcell said...

I have one thing to say.....BAAAAAAAA.

Tambra said...

I can't wait to get Suzan's books. I know she's an amazing writer.

Congratulations to Suzan and Melissa!

Hugs,
Tambra Kendall
Daughters of Avalon Publishing, LLC