Wednesday, October 3, 2018

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

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group
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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.


The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest needs your stories! 
Guidelines and rules:
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
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How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ before the deadline passes.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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  1. That last one is hilarious.
    Sorry about the frustration! What's such a big issue with everyone?

  2. I hear your frustration...however if their is consistency in the feedback, perhaps you want to try a little tweaking? I actually think the fact that you’re getting feedback is a good thing, I am in the “query into the back hole” process myself.

  3. Is it something that can be changed or do you want to change it? And what genre is your story?

  4. Love the meme's. I understand your frustration. I had the same problem, and had lot's of hair pulling going on. Have you had a beta or critique partner read it over?

  5. Sorry about the frustration, Heather.
    Do they even know what they want? I wonder sometimes...

  6. No rest for the wicked. Hahaha. Also, the basement one? Perfect.

    I'm so sorry to hear about the continuing frustration. If there's something I can do to help—act as a pair of fresh eyes, brainstorm solutions, beta read/critique, whatever—don't hesitate to ask.

  7. I have seen that book sale meme about a dozen times this week. LOL

    That sucks and I'd be frustrated too.

  8. Thanks for the laughs. I totally needed that.
    Sorry to hear about your frustrations; I can totlly relate. Perhaps some betas might help.

  9. I'm sorry about the frustration you've been experiencing. Maybe those agents just weren't right for you because they might have kept picking away at other things they thought were more problematic than they actually were, and you might have ended up feeling more frustrated.

  10. Some writing contests give you feedback. Perhaps that might give you a few hints.

    That last funny joke reminded me of my son.


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