Wednesday, November 7, 2018

#IWSG - November - Stuffed w/ IWSG News!!



It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. We encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts today are Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor JQ Rose Ann V. Friend and Elizabeth Seckman!

November 7 optional question - How has your creativity in life evolved since you began writing? 
 
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It's been a cold and rainy fall so far. I'm hoping things dry out soon so we can pick up all these leaves before the dreaded 'S' word. *shudders* I hate the 'S' word.
 
The elections may be over, but it's still scary out there. Remember to be kind to yourself. Take a break from the constant barrage of news and social media. Be kind to others. Remember we're all just people, not opinions.

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Are you following the IWSG on Instagram?
Here are the prompts for November: 



The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is in January!
Don’t miss it.



 
The IWSG partnered with Write…Edit…Publish and we are hosting a contest for the February theme!

Rules: Submit your idea for a WEP February theme by November 12 to admin AT insecurewriterssupportgroup.com. Nothing so U.S. culturally bound. Should have wide appeal.

Prize: Feature in the December newsletter for the winner. And, of course, the winning theme will be the official February WEP theme!

Deadline: November 12. Winner announced in the November newsletter on November 28.

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

#IWSG - October - Where I use the 'F' word - Annual IWSG Anthology Contest!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. 
Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer - aim for a dozen new people each time.

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG.
October 3 OPTIONAL question - How do major life events affect your writing? Has writing ever helped you through something?
   
Alex's awesome co-hosts for the October 3 posting of the IWSG are Dolorah @ Book Lover, Christopher D. Votey, Tanya Miranda, and Chemist Ken!

  Be sure to visit the
Insecure Writer’s Support Group Website!! 



I'm frustrated. Yep. I said it. Frustrated.

It's frustrating when I get dinged by agents/publishers for parts in my book that they see as an 'issue' or their reason for not wanting to take the next step with me, and yet there are lots of books out there with much worse problems than mine.

I'm not saying my books are perfect, they're not, but it's nothing a good editor couldn't fix if given half a chance.

So, I have to assume its something else they don't like and instead of telling me that, they simply choose something obvious so I'll move on.

Then I have to wonder what that something 'else' is and can I find it and fix it myself so I can get these dumb books back out on the market?

And then I think, of course I can't. If I knew the problem, I would have fixed it already.

It's frustrating. I'm frustrated.

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The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest needs your stories! 
 
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Theme:
Masquerade
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.
Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group. 
Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.
Our previous IWSG anthologies:
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life
Parallels: Felix Was Here
Gwen Gardner, Jen Chandler, and LG Keltner know what it’s like to have the winning story.
Yours could be next!

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Are you on Instagram?
This month, we are prepping for NaNoWriMo (if participating) and staying motivated in our writing lives.



















 
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Do you Write, Edit, Publish with WEP?
October's WEP Challenge is:



 
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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#IWSG - September is here! Wait. What? - Anthology Contest!!!



It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

September 5 optional question
- What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?
 
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My apologies for the late post! I won't keep you long. Nothing new to report on the writing/publishing front. -- The BOY, aka my 12 year old, starts 8th grade tomorrow! Thank the UNIVERSE! I need a break! He's awesome, but a serious handful. -- It's hot in NY! We've been under heat advisories off and on for weeks now, but the way pumpkin spice is being advertised around here you'd think we were deep into October already. Fall is my favorite season too, but we get to keep summer until almost the end of the month, people! -- That's about it! Make sure you read to the end for some funny FB memes!!

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The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest
is now open for submissions!
 
 
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
Theme:
Masquerade
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges. This year, we are honored to have seven incredible judges:
Elizabeth S. Craig, author
Elana Johnson, author
S.A. Larsen,author
DL Hammons, Write Club founder
Gwen Gardner, author and previous IWSG anthology winner
Kelly Van Sant, agent at Red Sofa Literary Agency
Kristin Smith, author

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.

Our previous IWSG anthologies:
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life
Parallels: Felix Was Here

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Are you following the IWSG on Instagram?
Here are the prompts for September: 
 
 
 
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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

#IWSG - August - Anthology news / a new partnership / Goodreads giveaway!



It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Lee Lowery, and Susan Gourley!

August 1 optional question - What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey? 


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Hello Support Group Members!! Happy August? I really think this year is going by much too quickly and I don't feel like I'm getting anything accomplished.

But, that isn't exactly true. I decided to leave my publisher and I'm currently looking for a new home for my books.

That wasn't an easy decision. Seeing my books come down from online stores...again...is a really sad experience. Losing my pretty book covers was also really hard.

The PROS to my decision will hopefully outweigh the CONS in the long run. Crossing all my fingers and toes that I can find a publisher that will help take me to the next level of awesomeness in my publishing journey.

Keep reading for incredible IWSG news!!



Today we have a special reveal for the 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest! We are announcing the theme one month early.
Here are the details:

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Young Adult Romance

Theme:
Masquerade
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges, who will be announced September 5.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title. 


And....WRITE!!!

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The IWSG has also formed an awesome new partnership with WEP – Write-Edit-Publish.
We encourage our members, blogging and Facebook, to join this month’s challenge.




The August WEP Challenge – A Change of Heart
 

Who hasn’t had one? This one’s easy, right?
A commitment made when a prospect looked attractive, a decision on a course of action, and then regrets and reluctance to follow through. It could be an engagement, a date, a diet plan, a chore someone said they’d do and didn’t follow through. A strip poker-game. Or maybe a gamble with super-high, panic inducing stakes. A break for independence that once made, gives pause for second thoughts. A bolt for the grass-always-greener pasture and then wanting to vault-n-turn right back. Something offered, then withdrawn. Myriad ways to go.


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The IWSG Goodreads Book Club’s selection for August/September is The Art of Memoir by Mary Karr

This one is for our memoir writers and anyone who has ever thought of writing a memoir. The discussion will start September 19th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you're able.

Book club members have the chance to win a paperback copy of Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell. This is a used copy, but it’s in great condition. One winner will be randomly selected on August 8th, and Chrys Fey will email the winner to get mailing details. All info will be kept private.

To enter, go to this Rafflecopter Form. It’s free to enter, but you have to be a book club member. We will verify this, so join us on Goodreads!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#IWSG - July - It's only 'mostly' hot outside.

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic.

If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 3 posting of the IWSG are Nicki Elson, Juneta Key, Tamara Narayan, and Patricia Lynne!

Today’s optional question - What are your ultimate writing goals, and how have they changed over time (if at all)?



Hello my blog peeps.
We're experiencing a slight heat wave here in New York, but I know there are some places that are hot like this all the time. We need some humor to get us through!!










#IWSGPit
Over a thousand agents and publishers have been invited to watch the feed on July 19, 2018 for #IWSGPit!





So get those pitches ready. Over five thousand tweets last January and we were a trending topic – plus several authors have now found homes for their books. Don’t miss out! Details at the IWSG site.