The Dragon Shrine on Japan’s Mt. Inari

One of my favorite aspects of Japan, and Japanese culture, is the constant possibility of discovering something unexpected. If you keep your eyes (and mind) open while traveling in Japan, you will discover a multitude of fascinating things to see, do, eat, and experience, many of which may take you by surprise. While visiting Fushimi Inari Taisha (Shrine) I climbed the path up Mt. Inari, following the pilgrim route to the shrine at the very top of the mountain. Along the way, the “normal path” passes through a variety of stations, sub-shrines and places where visitors can stop to worship or enjoy

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Hidden Dangers in Short-Form Publishing Contracts

Authors have plenty to watch for when evaluating a publishing deal, but one of the most common dangers is one even savvy authors might not recognize: an abbreviated contract that omits important clauses and protections. Most authors look at standard-length (12-30 page) publishing contracts with a combination of excitement, fear, and confusion. For those not versed in legalese (or, more precisely, Publishing-ese) these contracts can range from “hard to read” to “penned in Greek or Sanskrit.” Authors often see a three-page form and think “finally, a contract that makes sense!” Beware…that way be dragons. Publishing contracts are long because they have to deal with many

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A New Giveaway of The Ninja’s Daughter!

Want to win THE NINJA’S DAUGHTER before the book releases? I’m sponsoring a Goodreads giveaway from now until July 31 – and five random entrants will win a signed trade paperback copy of my newest Hiro Hattori novel, THE NINJA’S DAUGHTER, which releases from Seventh Street Books on August 2. To enter, click the giveaway details link below. No purchase necessary to win. Good luck! Goodreads Book Giveaway The Ninja’s Daughter by Susan Spann Giveaway ends July 31, 2016. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway

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