Again, I am at my desk at 7:30 am.  But today I’ve already been to the post office and Starbucks.  I mailed my agent those now perfect (fingers crossed) 100 pages last night — to the wrong address.  Don’t ask.  I really should know this stuff.  Anyway, I went back to the post office this morning and discovered it’s only 15 degrees outside.

So yesterday, I sat in my chair for 6 hours putting the finishing touches on that submission and then headed straight to the kitchen and made 12 pound cakes — ate one — now have 11.  Then I collected addresses, measured ribbon, cut out stickers and with my daughter’s help put together 45 cake boxes.  Wait till you see the finished product, so cute.  These are the skills you just don’t learn in any MFA program.

Today, I’m spending most of my time with The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove.  I still have about 150 page of copyedited ms to get through and then back to the kitchen.  May go to FedEx to pick up  shipping boxes.  Trying not to spend more than $300 in packaging and shipping and be as green as possible — so going to shred old shopping bags instead of using plastic peanuts.

And to my friends and readers, thanks for all the comments yesterday.  What a wonderful way to start the year.  And to my dear very-talented-artist friend Mary Addison Hackett, thanks for the colored pencil suggestion.  Really, I mean it, big thanks!!!

Pound Cake Campaign 2010

Pound Cake Campaign 2010

Posted January 2, 2010 at 8:28 am · 8 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Kathy R (Bermudaonion), January 2nd, 2010, 8:30 am

    That's a lot of pound cakes! Did I miss something? What are you going to do with all of them?
  2. Lynn Paterson, January 2nd, 2010, 8:56 am

    Hi Susan, Happy New Year! I took your writing class this summer at Foxtale Books in Woodstock, GA and thoroughly enjoyed it. However, I have not been very disciplined about my writing in 2009. That's on the list for this year! Can't wait for your new book to come out this August. Really like the former last name from my first marriage was Grove. I don't think I mentioned it in the class. So I can't wait to read about Bezellia. Looking forward to your blogposts this year!
  3. Kaye, January 2nd, 2010, 10:08 am

    This being an author thing is a whole lotta hard, danged work! But I sure am glad you are willing to do it, so I can sit on my comfy sofa all curled up with my coffee, nice and relaxed, and do my favorite thing in the world: READ A GOOD BOOK!!! :) Thanks, Susan!
  4. Leisa Hammett, January 2nd, 2010, 4:56 pm

    Yay! You're amazing! In so many ways. Actually pulling this off. Getting up and out so early and baking all those pound cakes. I am glad you ate one. That makes me feel better. Skinny friend.
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