Wednesday, July 7, 2010

10 WOW Wednesday: Suzanne Young -- What a Ride!

What a Ride

by Suzanne Young
I used to write short stories. That’s how I got started in publishing. Not short stories for magazines or newspapers, stories for my friends. I never dreamed of writing a novel.

Then one day about two years ago, a short story I was writing went crazy and ended up being about 90,000 words. And all of the sudden… I wrote a novel. Whoa…

Of course, the hard part came after. I spent several months looking for an agent and continued writing. I wrote three more books until I finally got my first agent. Phew. Well glad I was done with that…

Nope. My book didn’t sell after being on submission with editors for nine months. WHAT? That’s not supposed to happen! Well, I decided to keep writing and soon I had another book. What a relief. Guess it was time to sub again…

Then I got dropped by my agent. Devastated, I did what authors are never supposed to do—I sent my book to editors directly. But here’s the crazy part, four weeks later I got a two-book deal with Razorbill/Penguin.

And then two more.

I honestly think I was successful because I didn’t give up. I couldn’t! I wanted to write. I wrote seven books before my first book ever sold. I’ve written fourteen complete novels in the past two and a half years. That’s my motto—KEEP WRITING.

Recently I got a brilliant agent and a new two-book deal with Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins and I continue to write different types of stories and stretch myself as a writer. I enjoy what I do and I’m eager to keep going.

I never intended to write a novel, but now I can’t imagine ever doing anything else. And the only real advice I can offer is… Keep writing!

Suzanne Young
THE NAUGHTY LIST-available now
SO MANY BOYS-available now


  1. Great story about not giving up and believing in yourself. An inspiration to all of us. Thank you so much for sharing. Pure awesomeness:)

  2. I'm glad Suzanne never gave up. I love THE NAUGHTY LIST, and can't wait to read SO MANY BOYS.

  3. I've read Suzanne's story before, and it still gives me chills every time. There's nothing like never giving up. :)

  4. Dropped by an agent!! Eek! Thanks for sharing. It's always inspiring to hear the journey others have had and know you're not alone in your struggles.

  5. "Don't give up"--thank you, Suzanne, for your story--and congratulations on all your successes! And,thanks for the timely reminder. Let's none of us quit too soon :-)

  6. I agree with the other comments -- thank you for not giving up! Awesome post.

  7. Your story is so inspiring. And I'm so impressed that not only did you not give up, but you've been so productive. There's no way I could ever write so many books in such a short time. Thanks for sharing.

  8. This is such great advice! I love hearing stories like this.

  9. Inspiring! And now I don't feel so bad about accumulating so many manuscripts on my hard drive...

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