Wednesday, May 1, 2019

#IWSG - May - New anthology is out!!! and Still recovering...from Endgame.

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.
 
Alex's awesome co-hosts for the May 1 posting of the IWSG are Lee Lowery, Juneta Key, Yvonne Ventresca, and T. Powell Coltrin!

We need co-hosts for the summer! Two more for June and four for July and August. If you can help, leave a comment or send an email.

May 1 optional question: What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?


Happy May? Is that a thing? Well, it is May 1st and I'm still in recovery mode from watching the record-breaking Avengers: Endgame from 3 days ago.
 
 
Don't worry, I won't be sharing any spoilers, maybe in a few months we can discuss more, but I will say that watching these movies with my son has been an epic adventure for us both. We will always have so many memories and favorite movie lines to share with each other.
The movie was amazing and I can't wait to see it again, even though some strange clear liquid kept leaking from my eyes for a good portion of the three hours.
And even though the story is complete for some of the characters, we know that others have more stories to tell, so it's not truly over.
11 years - 22 movies - over 60 hours of MCU awesome story-telling (except The Incredible Hulk, it's just bad) - all wrapped up for our personal entertainment enjoyment.
 
Thank you, Marvel.
 
It's been one hell of a ride.  



Just released:
Masquerade: Oddly Suited - An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644 $14.95
EBook ISBN 9781939844651 $4.99

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual companion or a date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…

Find Masquerade: Oddly Suited here - Barnes and Noble, Amazon, iTunes, Kobo, and Kobo

You can find out more about the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited here.

And the authors of Masquerade: Oddly Suited are hosting a live Q & A session on Discord! Join them on Sat 11th May from 1:00 pm EST / 6:00 pm GMT to find out more about the anthology and the contributing authors and ask any burning questions you may have.
The Q & A will be held on Discord. Please follow the invite link: HERE


AND!!!!


The 2019 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest is now open for submissions!

Guidelines and rules:

Word count: 3500-5000

Genre: Middle Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy

Theme: Voyagers

Submissions accepted: May 1 - September 4, 2019

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup dot com before the deadline passes. Please include your full 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:

Elizabeth S. Craig, author and honorary judge

Dianne K. Salerni, author

S.A. Larsen, author

Rachna Chhabria, author

Lynda Dietz, editor

Tonja Drecker, author

David Powers King, 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:
Masquerade: Oddly Suited
Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
Hero Lost: The Mysteries of Death and Life
Parallels: Felix Was Here

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

#IWSG - April - Let's talk about cliffhangers!!!

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. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. 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.
Optional Question...
April 3 question: If you could use a wish to help you write just ONE scene/chapter of your book, which one would it be? (examples: fight scene / first kiss scene / death scene / chase scene / first chapter / middle chapter / end chapter, etc.)
My awesome co-hosts for the April 3 posting of the IWSG are J.H. Moncrieff, Natalie Aguirre, Patsy Collins, and Chemist Ken! 
 
 
Hello blog Peeps! How's it hanging?
 
Today, I'd like to talk about book cliffhangers. Why do readers get so upset about cliffhangers? I've read numerous reviews where readers are incensed that the book was a cliffhanger and they refuse to read the rest of the books and won't read from the author ever again!
 
Really?
 
Okay, I was probably pissed off a few times by author's who purposely ended their books to make sure you had to read the next one. Is this the same thing? In my opinion, not exactly.
 
If it's a full length book, and the story is epic enough to carry it to a second or even third book, and .... very important part here .... the author gives the reader a clue in the blurb of the first book that this is just the beginning, then a cliffhanger is a great idea.

I guess readers feel tricked when they get to the end of a book and its not the actual end. I know I have when its poorly done. When an author has a 300 page story and breaks it into pieces. That's just rude.
 
But, I think cliffhangers can be a fun tool for writers and an exciting journey for readers.
 
What say you, blog friends??

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We're announcing the genre and opening date for the next IWSG anthology!

Our genre is Middle grade historical: adventure/fantasy and the opening date is May 1. The best brains are on the theme, and that will be announced on the opening date. So this is just to whet your appetite - you could use that time to brush up your knowledge of the genre if it's not your usual bag, for example. We're looking forward to more great entries!

Don't forget the Masquerade anthology is hitting the shelves on April 30!


Masquerade: Oddly Suited

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology


Find love at the ball…


Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?


Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.


Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…


Website - IWSG Anthologies

Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary

Print ISBN 9781939844644

eBook ISBN 9781939844651



Print and eBook:



Special note:
We are partnering with DIY MFA this spring to bring you a great program for writers.

Before we announce details, we’ll be sharing several of their learning videos.

Here's the very funny Episode 236 with Jeff Somers on Writing Without Rules (or Pants).

Check it out and come back later this month for details about the program.

OK, now it's time to check out more IWSGers at the sign-up page. What part of your WIP would you wish for help with? Excited about the theme for the next anthology? Or for grabbing a copy of Masquerade? Interested to learn more about DIY MFA?

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

#IWSG - March: where we do the time travel!

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!
Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. 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.

March 6 optional question - Whose perspective do you like to write from best, the hero (protagonist) or the villain (antagonist)? And why?
  Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 6 posting of the IWSG are Fundy Blue, Beverly Stowe McClure, Erika Beebe, and Lisa Buie-Collard! 
 
 
Greetings, Blog Friends!! Happy March!

This weekend in the US we voluntarily change the time on all the clocks because it's Daylight Savings time. No, I don't know what that means either.

In the beginning of the year they call it 'Spring Ahead', like that makes it sound better, and we all time travel into the future one hour.

I like to call it.


It's a little crazy that we still do this twice a year. Half the country takes a week to recover and the other half doesn't know what time it is because they don't know how to reset the time on the microwave which is about the only clock you have to manually change these days.


The battery companies have seized upon this awesome marketing opportunity to remind people to change the batteries in your smoke/CO detectors, so we should still do that.

Bottom line is, when you wake up on Sunday it will be in the future...except when you look at your microwave.

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Release date – April 30, 2019

Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Find love at the ball…
Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?
Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
eBook ISBN 9781939844651

Website - IWSG Anthologies

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

#IWSG - February is here and we're cold and then hot and then cold!


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 February 6 posting of the IWSG are Raimey Gallant, Natalie Aguirre, CV Grehan, and Michelle Wallace!

February 6 optional question - Besides writing what other creative outlets do you have? 

Hello there, nice blog people! (and occasional bot!)

It's February and the temps in NY this week are bouncing all over the thermometer! This morning it's below freezing, but yesterday afternoon we had a high of 60-somthing and I had the windows open in the car!
Mother Nature is keeping us on our toes.

I have nothing good to report on the writing front. On my latest story I've had 16 rejections, 2 no-responses, and 1 recent submission that's waiting a reply. That list is a mix of agents and publishers.

The rejections are all similar....thank you for the opportunity to read your work, it doesn't fit with what we're doing at the present, this is just one person's opinion, have a great day.

If I had the money to self-publish, I would consider it, but after you get so many rejections you have to start wondering if it's what you're sending out that sucks and not just the responses.

So...on that depressing note...I'm going to share a few funny pics, and some other IWSG info, and keep moving forward!
Thanks for listening.










The WEP 2019 February Challenge - 28 Days



What to do with 28 Days?



What does 28 Days bring to mind?



You can sign up now at the WEP site.



Post your entry on or around February 20.






Here are the prompts for February’s IWSG Instagram:



The IWSG Book Club on Goodreads is changing things up!


- 5 discussion questions instead of 10
- Discussion Day poll for quick and easy participation.
- Members can help us create Goodreads quizzes for the books we read.
- Giveaways exclusive to our members every Discussion Day.
- Freebies members can download when we announce our next reading selection.
- Writing and reading related polls for fun and insight.
We will still read a new book every other month, alternating between craft books and fictional books that demonstrate an aspect of writing, and our members will continue to vote on our fictional books. Our February/March 2019 book is…Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier. This book was voted on by our members to be a good example of setting. Discussion Day will be March 20th.
Join us HERE

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

#IWSG Anthology: Masquerade: Oddly Suited Cover!!

IWSG Anthology Cover Reveal!

Here is the cover of the next IWSG anthology!

Masquerade: Oddly Suited…



Masquerade: Oddly Suited
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
Release date – April 30, 2019
Young Adult Fiction: Romance - General/Paranormal/Contemporary
Print ISBN 9781939844644
EBook ISBN 9781939844651

Find love at the ball…

Can a fake dating game show lead to love? Will a missing key free a clock-bound prince? Can a softball pitcher and a baseball catcher work together? Is there a vampire living in Paradise, Newfoundland? What’s more important—a virtual Traveler or a virtual date to the ball?

Ten authors explore young love in all its facets, from heartbreak to budding passion. Featuring the talents of L.G. Keltner, Jennifer Lane, C.D. Gallant-King, Elizabeth Mueller, Angela Brown, Myles Christensen, Deborah Solice, Carrie-Anne Brownian, Anstice Brown, and Chelsea Marie Ballard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these ten tales will mystify and surprise even as they touch your heart. Don your mask and join the party…




Sadly, the IWSG is losing two of its admins - Lynda Young, who was second-in-command, and Joy Campbell are both stepping down. They have been with the IWSG Admin Team since the site began and will be missed. Thank you ladies for all of your help getting the IWSG to where it is today!


It's been great working with you both!!




However, we’re not ending on a sad note - Elizabeth Seckman has joined the IWSG Admin Team! She will be in charge of the Publishers/Agents/Queries page and active on Facebook, as well as contributing to the site, the newsletter, and other areas.

Welcome, Elizabeth!