Friday, December 05, 2008

Blogger of the Week:
Suzanne Young

YA Author Suzanne Young started blogging at a little over a year. She didn't have a publishing contract and began blogging, she says, mostly just for fun. "Over the next several months, I tried to find my niche. One of the things that really worked for me was my ongoing story blog, Going Green. It was a YA story that I was writing every few days strictly for my blog. I seemed to gather some readers from it and loved doing it!"

When it was time to send her work to publishers, Suzanne began by submitting her manuscript directly to editors. "It was a scary time for me, but I gathered interest and was feeling great," she says. "Then I got an email from Melissa Sarver with Elizabeth Kaplan Agency. She had been reading my blog and wondered if I was currently represented. After a few weeks of emailing and talking with her, I knew she was perfect and ended up signing with her! Soon after, I sold two books to Razorbill. And my blog played a huge part in finding Melissa, proving that blogs can be important for up-and-coming authors."

Her debut novel Smitten Kittens, featuring Tessa Crimson and her squad of cheerleaders who investigate cheaters (as in cheating boyfriends) will be released from Razorbill in 2010.

Suzanne also participates in a group vlog called Lip Gloss Lit. "This one for me is a blast. I got together with a critique partner of mine, author Amanda K. Morgan and we started a vlogging site where we blogged via video. It's a great way to show our personalities and be able to chat with people on a more personal level. We’re always looking for guest vloggers, so keep us in mind!"

For bloggers just starting out, Suzanne advises "let your personality shine through. Sure, my blog might not always be about writing (like when I talk about my daughter’s desire to trap squirrels in jars) but I try to always make it fun. That’s my style. So let your blog reflect your style and people will get to know and care about your journey!" And indeed her ebullient personality comes across in her blog.

Visit today and wish Suzanne...

Happy Birthday!


Suzanne Young said...

Yay, Alice! Thank you! You've made my birthday!!!!!!


Sasha said...

Happy birthday, Suz! :D

Vodka Mom said...

okay, I'm going, I'm going. Too many blogs, too little time- and all that.

Kelly said...

Suzanne's blog is a fun read! Congrats, Suzanne!

Jessica Burkhart said...

I love Suz's blog! :) Yay!

Gottawrite Girl said...

Suzanne, what a story you have. It's another publishing fairytale, which I can't get enough of! Congratulations on your debut novel, and I'll certainly be by your blog.

Thanks, Alice, for posting!!!


AmandaKMorgan said...

Suz, you (and your blog) totally rock. Thanks for the shout out and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!

Jill Corcoran said...

Hey Suzanne,
Happy Birthday and great 'how I made it' story. Love it.
Can't wait until you book comes out,

Cuppa Jolie said...

Yay for Suzanne!

Shelli said...

Congrads on books - I love to hear publishing stories where writers were found by blogging!

Lee Wind said...

Suzanne really does have a fun bouncy style - a "voice" - and I bet it carries from the blog to the novel!

It IS a great story of how she got noticed via the blog, and I can't wait to read "Smitten Kittens!"

Thanks for spreading the word about Suzanne, Alice!


holly cupala said...

Hooray for Suzanne! I love her blog.

Colorado Writer said...

Go Suz!

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