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At 5:18am on December 29, 2009, scribbler said…
Nice to meet you Susan. :) Welcome to Authors.com. I’ll look forward to hearing all about what you do and getting to know you better.

May I ask, is your work all about science fiction too or do you deal with different genres?
At 7:10pm on December 29, 2009, Susan Weed said…
Thank you for the welcome Scribbler. I am excited about Authors.com and looking forward to learning new things. I am not really an agent, but rather a sort of administrative assistant doing all the little self-publishing tasks that bog down a writer and take him/her away from writing. I do deal with different genres. Science fiction is my late night escape.
At 2:39am on December 31, 2009, Kay Elizabeth said…
Ah, we get it. You're an angel. Admit it! LOL. ;)

Great to have you here Susan and a warm welcome to Authors.com. :) It’s a very friendly and sharing community.

I'm curious about your job. It sounds very varied and I bet busy! What do you find most authors want to delegate to you first and is that a good choice?
At 12:21am on January 1, 2010, scribbler said…
Thanks for replying, Susan. If you're not an angel like Kay said you must have the patience of a saint. Writers can be very temperamental in my experience. I don't think I'd like to work with me even! :) Hope you come around often.
At 3:21am on January 2, 2010, Susan Weed said…
I've spent most of my working life interacting with customers and so I have developed a pretty thick skin. I've found that when people step over that line it works best to calmly point out that you are there to help them, but you need their help to be able to do that. That usually turns them around and if it doesn't you can always end the relationship as tactfully as possible.

The first thing authors, especially new authors, want to know about is what is involved in getting the book published and how the timing works. The individual tasks such as getting the ISBN and LCCN, getting testimonials and early reviews or permissions are not difficult, but they are tedious and you must keep detailed records so those are the kinds of things they most often delegate.

Oh and by the way, I'm not an angel. Just ask my husband.
At 3:49am on January 3, 2010, Kay Elizabeth said…
I don't have the diplomacy skills needed for your type of job, Susan. Thank you for the insight into what it entails. That was very interesting! :)
At 4:06am on January 18, 2010, David Lucero said…
Congrats for your feature on Authors.com! I know as an author myself it feels good to receive recognition for doing what is so special to us.
Keep on writing!

David
At 6:03pm on January 18, 2010, Cricket said…
congrats!
At 10:29pm on January 18, 2010, Susan Weed said…
Thank you all.
At 9:01pm on January 20, 2010, Jaison Paulina said…
Hi susan, I am a potentual writer whom have just completed a slim novel. I can always use any type of additional advice. If you know that you can give me any tips I'd be glad for such. And I hope to hear from you soon.
At 9:22pm on January 20, 2010, Susan Weed said…
Hi Jaison, Nice to hear from you and good luck with the novel. Have you decided whether you will go with a publishing company or self-publish? I help people who go the self-publishing route, but there are advantages to both. Generally speaking you will make less $ per book with a traditional publisher, but a self-published book usually sells fewer copies so that is something to consider. Whether you go with a traditional publisher or do it yourself, you, the author, will be responsible for marketing so that is something you need to consider too. If you have specific questions I will be glad to share what I know.
At 6:54am on January 21, 2010, Jaison Paulina said…
I am very appreciative for the add as a friend. I have also a list of questions that I would like to ask,but the first thing that I am seeking is a publisher as I has the potential and the endurance to go on. My question is, what is the expectation that you personally would like to see next in a novel? And thank you for the encourage ment with my novel. I hope to hear from you soon.
At 8:43pm on April 6, 2011, Lisa R.Brereton said…

Hi Susan,

Welcome, it is so nice to have you here, and would be nice to learn more about what you do, and do you write at all or just help publishers? I am an Author of self-help guide books and poet.

I hope to hear from you

Lisa Brereton

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