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by Susan Quinn
November 12th, 2010, 10:28 am
Forum: Nominate Your Query or First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Topic: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog
Replies: 720
Views: 274695

Re: Nominate Your First Page for a Critique on the Blog

Title: Open Minds Genre: YA Paranormal (257 words) A zero like me shouldn't take public transportation. The hunched driver wrinkled a frown before I even got on the bus. I kept my face neutral, knowing better than to scowl back. Her attempt to read my mind would get her nothing but the quiet of the ...
by Susan Quinn
November 1st, 2010, 8:34 am
Forum: Books
Topic: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, sequel to Leviathan
Replies: 20
Views: 6654

Re: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, sequel to Leviathan

Thanks for stopping by Sommer! And for everyone else: I also talk about the Westerfeld signing I attended. Upshot: He's even cooler in person.

Check it: http://ink-spells.blogspot.com/2010/10/ ... esome.html
by Susan Quinn
October 29th, 2010, 9:04 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, sequel to Leviathan
Replies: 20
Views: 6654

Re: Behemoth by Scott Westerfeld, sequel to Leviathan

@Sommer I am a HUGE Westerfeld fangirl. Ever since Uglies, and then Leviathan! So awesome. And now Behemoth!! I'm halfway through, only because I waited to buy it when Westerfeld swung through Chicago on his tour!!!! He's an amazing speaker in addition to a fantabulous author, and I got him to sign ...
by Susan Quinn
October 22nd, 2010, 8:25 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: What Is It about Bad Boys?
Replies: 7
Views: 2959

Re: What Is It about Bad Boys?

I have three boys - the youngest has already figured out how to charm everyone. He's seven.

I'm not sure I understand the appeal of the bad boy character, but that didn't stop me from writing one either!

Congrats on your book! :)
by Susan Quinn
October 17th, 2010, 6:26 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Breaking the Laws of Physics
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Breaking the Laws of Physics

My MG novel that I'm querying has everything from anti-matter engines to dark energy collectors to prop open wormholes. And cool hover scooters and a lot of genetic engineering. Inventing stuff for that story was all kinds of fun. My current WiP is a YA novel that is mostly paranormal, but has a sci...
by Susan Quinn
October 17th, 2010, 11:21 am
Forum: Writing
Topic: Breaking the Laws of Physics
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Re: Breaking the Laws of Physics

Hey SBS & MJC1! Nice to meet some fellow scientist/writers. I have Phd in Environmental Engineering, with degrees in Mechanical and Aerospace along the way. It's fun to play with the physics behind the magic, isn't it! I find myself doing that, whether I want to or not - can't help it. ;)
by Susan Quinn
October 5th, 2010, 4:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Breaking the Laws of Physics
Replies: 6
Views: 840

Breaking the Laws of Physics

Being a scientist, you would think the laws of physics would be imprinted in my brain. And they are, at least when the brain is fully wakened by sufficient caffeine injection. Yet, I recently found myself longing to break the laws of physics in favor of fashion . Bad scientist! I know. Every genre h...
by Susan Quinn
August 31st, 2010, 11:32 am
Forum: Ask Nathan
Topic: Old Ask Nathan Thread
Replies: 793
Views: 184511

Re: Ask Nathan

Nathan - Just wanted to say "thanks" for having these forums available for writers to dig through when we have questions. Just today, in the midst of a query search, I had a question and thought, "Well, I'm sure Nathan's already answered this." And of course you had - and it was easy to find in the ...
by Susan Quinn
August 18th, 2010, 5:39 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: 4 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!! OMG!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 7490

Re: 6 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!!

Request: whoever starts the spoiler thread on Mockingjay, can you alert us folks over here? Thanks!
by Susan Quinn
August 14th, 2010, 6:59 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 6625

Re: Writer Conferences

SCBWI was fantastic - actually blew my expectations away, and they were pretty high to begin with. Although I did find that much of the "informational" type workshops weren't terribly informative for me. But that's just because I follow Nathan's blog (and others in the industry)! :) But SCBWI does a...
by Susan Quinn
August 14th, 2010, 4:54 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Writer Conferences
Replies: 49
Views: 6625

Re: Writer Conferences

Good luck, downthewell!
by Susan Quinn
August 13th, 2010, 4:59 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: 4 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!! OMG!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 7490

Re: 11 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!!

That's it. I'm putting in my pre-order!

UPDATE: I pre-ordered on my Nook, which I guess means I'll get to download it when it's released? Much nicer than standing in line!
by Susan Quinn
August 13th, 2010, 2:18 pm
Forum: Books
Topic: 4 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!! OMG!!!!
Replies: 28
Views: 7490

Re: 13 Days Until MOCKINGJAY!!!

I want to read Mockingjay so much it kinda hurts. But I'm putting that pain to good use: Mockingjay will be my reward for finishing this round of edits on my MS. Now, if I can just beat the clock and get those done by the 24th...

*back to the mini laptop*
by Susan Quinn
July 20th, 2010, 9:35 pm
Forum: Social Media and Book Promotion
Topic: Social Networking - does it really work?
Replies: 53
Views: 16443

Re: Social Networking - does it really work?

I think there is a difference between social networking and book promotion, not least because you don't really want to mix the two. One spot I just found that's great for book promotion is Jacketflap - for kidlit only. But it does a great job of pulling together all the disparate information about y...
by Susan Quinn
July 20th, 2010, 5:09 pm
Forum: Writing
Topic: Should coarse language be used in middle grade fiction?
Replies: 5
Views: 892

Re: Should coarse language be used in middle grade fiction?

cheekychook: I have no idea how the publishing world views this issue, but I can address it as a mom and as someone who worked professionally with this age group (as a counselor) for many years. I think parents and professional gatekeepers (librarians, teachers, counselors) have a more conservative ...