Monday, November 7, 2011

Suzanne Hartmann's "Write This Way: Take Your Writing to the Next Level"

Title: Write This Way: Take Your Writing to the Next Level
Publisher: I published this book myself because I wanted to give my readers a low-cost compilation of all the posts on my blog, Write This Way, regarding the craft of writing.

Cover blurb: Write This Way will lead new authors through the forest of grammatical rules, stylistic guidelines, and story structure as they write, and help them polish their novel to the point where it is ready to show to agents and editors.

1) How did the idea for this book come to you?
Because so many people helped me along my writing journey, I wanted to give back to the writing community. So I passed along the many lessons I learned along my writing journey in the form of blog posts. Over time, I posted over a hundred articles on my blog, Write This Way. But because there are so many and they’re scattered throughout the blog under a wide variety of categories, it takes effort to sift through them and find everything available about a specific topic. This realization birthed the idea to consolidate the articles into an easy-to-use e-book so authors could have all of the information at their fingertips as they write and revise.

2) Tell us about the journey to getting this book published.
It took several years to accumulate enough articles to make into a book. Once I decided that I wanted to compile the articles, I created an outline for everything I wanted to cover. I still hadn’t written about a number of the topics yet, so I laid out a schedule to post them over the next year. Health issues slowed down the process, but a year later I finally had all the articles I needed to make a book that covered every step in writing a novel from creating an outline to the last revision pass.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
a) I haven’t always wanted to be an author.
b) Both of my knees have been replaced.
c) I had pneumonia and bronchitis numerous times each as a child, but never had the chicken pox, measles, or mumps.

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
My first novel, PERIL: A Fast Track Thriller releases on Nov. 18, so I have been busy learning how to market a novel. I’m looking forward to celebrating with on-line friends at a Cyber-Party on my Facebook Author page on the release date, and with my friends and family at home a couple of weeks later. Once things calm down after the release, I will begin posting articles on my blog about things I learned regarding marketing a book, and plan to compile those articles into a follow-up book to Write This Way.

5) Parting comments?
My desire behind compiling this book is to help writers take their writing to a new level. There is a great deal to learn in the world of writing, but it is all learnable. If you have a story, you can rework it, tweak it, and polish it. Be persistent and willing to learn, and you will eventually make it to publication.

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
My Website – FastTrackThrillers (
My Blog - Write This Way (
Facebook – Suzanne Hartmann – Author!/pages/Suzanne-Hartmann-Author/45955180933
Twitter - @SuzInIL (!/SuzInIL)


  1. I love writing!

  2. I'm a writer - mostly poetry, music, articles, children's stories, but I'd love to finish a full book one day!

  3. Even tho' I am not a writer, this book would be interesting to read!

    Thanks. Remain Blessed

  4. Incredible giveaway and I'm so glad I clicked on KDawn's giveaways today. I do like to write, and can always take in another's suggestions that worked for her. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win.

    Barb Shelton
    barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

  5. I'm just beginning and want to learn all I can. This sounds fantastic.
    Thanks for the giveaway,
    Trinity Rose
    wandaelaine at gmail dot com

  6. My daughter is an aspiring writer and I would love to give her a copy of this for Christmas! Thanks so much! Cheryl

  7. I'm always interested in tips from other writers! Thanks for this opportunity :-)


  8. I would be very interested in reading your book for writers. Always eager to learn new things! Thank you for this opportunity!
    ~Dawn Adams

  9. I thank each of you for entering. I appreciate your kind words about the book. Unfortunately, I could choose only one winner, and that is...DAWN ADAMS!
    For those of you who did not win, I hope you find the Revision Checklist helpful (you should have received this by now; if not please e-mail me at homestead1997-blog @ yahoo . com)and please come visit my blog(, which is loaded with the same kind of information that is in the book.

  10. Hi, I'm not a writer, just a reader but my daughter used to write such wonderful stories back in school. Recently she decided she'd try again. She has a great idea and story planned out and I hope she finishes it. This book would be ideal for her. thank you
    tracey krieg