Susan Engle – Horsewoman and Author

I’ve had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Susan Engle from the Missouri Fox Trotters Horse Breed Association. A very out-going, gentle, fun loving person, she leaves an instant impression that leaves you smiling. Recently I read her new book and couldn’t wait to share this with everyone.

From her childhood “pony” days, to her eventful re-connection with horses in retirement, Susan Engle has kept her humor and love of fine equines. Fate brought her to become a companion to two young Missouri Fox Trotters. She discovered you are never to old to learn, or ride in her on-going adventures. Meet the author of Susan Fox Trotter – A Seasoned Curvy Cowgirl’s Journey from Ker-Splat! to Riding Bridleless – at any of the links listed below. Enjoy!

Susan FoxTrotter links
Author Page -Read the reviews!

Kindle page- read the reviews!

http://www.facebook.com/SusanFoxTrotter Susan FoxTrotter book page
Susan’s Viewpoint – Blog of Current Stories of Life with Susan FoxTrotter

http://mofoxtrot.com/viewpoint/ Susan is riding and dealing with book four right now, Lucky Star. Book two, The Just Right Horse is currently in progress.. Book two is about JR. Read about all Susan’s experiences with her horses from the late 90’s up to the present! The books come from these blogs.

Susan Engle Facebook page – http://www.facebook.com/susanfxtrt
For the Horse Facebook page where an active list of horse events with Tony and Jenny Vaught are listed. Susan FoxTrotter is the administrator. Ask to join!

Rick Lamb interview with Susan FoxTrotter on 9/22/12- http://www.thehorseshow.com/listen.aspx
Join the SusanFoxtrotter Life!

Amazon.com: Susan Engle: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle
Visit Amazon.com’s Susan Engle Page and shop for all Susan Engle books and other Susan Engle related products (DVD, CDs, Apparel).


Doing Your Book Writing Homework

So, you wrote a book. It’s downloaded on Amazon and now the wait begins. You check anxiously each day for reviews and sales. A few come through and you are excited. You just know it’s going to be a best seller. Six months later, your enthusiasm is gone and depression has set in. What happened?

During my writing journey I’ve been in many of these phases, but survived them quite well because I did my homework. Others I’ve met have not been so blessed. Just the other day I sat down to help someone and the ‘deer in the headlight’ look was evident when I showed them the social media platform they would have to navigate.

I know it was daunting and overwhelming when I started out. For years I had been studying not only writing techniques, but the book market. I went to work finding out what the difference between the process of standard publishing and independent publishing was. 

The query letters and rejection seemed daunting versus the instant gratification of seeing my book for sale but I knew there would be sacrifices to either route. I learned that either I could take my chances, have a publisher possibly accept my work and take less. Or I could learn to do it all myself.

Writing the book is the easy part. Self marketing versus publisher rejection is the hard part. Do your homework. Which is easier for you to take? A publisher, if they accept you, does all the groundwork. They edit three times over, design your cover, set up your advertising, plug you in to most of the social networking and push you to do book signings. 

As an independent, you do it all. You find the cover artist, the editor, set up the author website, the Facebook author page, the Twitter account, the blog, the Amazon Author Page, and any other connections. 

Which path you will choose to do is totally up to how much you do your homework. So many I have met, do the easy part. They write the book. Then, are overwhelmed when they find out the rest of the path. 

If you would like to start on your homework, I have developed an Authors Media Kit with all links and explanation of those site if you are interested. Would be happy to email it to you.

So you want to write a book? Research first. Do your homework. Which way do you want to go? Form a plan now before plunging in. Or your first book could be your last.