Wednesday, April 4, 2018

April #IWSG Posting Day!!

Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and Upcoming Events

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 April 4 posting of the IWSG are Olga Godim, Chemist Ken, Renee Scattergood, and Tamara Narayan!

April 4 question - When your writing life is a bit cloudy or filled with rain, what do you do to dig down and keep on writing?



This post has been pilfered almost word for word from Alex J. Cavanaugh. I'm not even going to apologize for it. Just stole it right from his other site and plopped it down into my blog. Yep. That's my Crime of the Day!

No news is good news, right? Still haven't heard from the last few places that have my queries out there. Gotta start working on the next batch, but I need to finish up this old bottle of procrastination and get me some of that fresh from the bakery motivation.

This month's question is another tough one for me. I usually don't dig down. I usually flop around like a tuna on the deck of a boat. It's not pretty and no, it doesn't work for me either, but inspiration isn't always easy to find.

What about you guys?

Make sure you read to the bottom! Lots of good stuff coming up for the IWSG!!!




Upcoming events:

Are you following TheIWSG on Instagram? Here are the prompts for April:
 

There’s a Self-Publishing Conference coming up on April 14 and it’s free to register for it.



The IWSG anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, comes out on May 1. Click on the link to go to the book’s page – pre-orders are open.



The IWSG Goodreads Group will be discussing Save the Cat: The Last Book on Screenwriting You'll Ever Need by Blake Snyder on May 23.

The next IWSG Twitter pitch event, #IWSGPit, is July 19! See that page for details. Some great success stories have come from the first two – it could be you.




Please welcome Shannon Lawrence to the IWSG Admin team!
Shannon will be heading up our newsletter.






We need co-hosts for the coming months! If you can co-host on May 2, June 6, July 3, or August 1, please leave a comment below or send us an email. It takes at least four co-hosts each month to keep up with everyone. Thanks!

Monday, March 26, 2018

Tom Petty had it right...The waiting...UGH!

I did name this blog The Waiting is the Hardest Part for a reason...

I truly need to remember why I created this blog. For me to vent discuss my feelings and insecurities about my writing and the steps I take toward publishing.

It's a perfect place to just info-dump all this angst and anxiety that I've been harboring since I started sending out the queries in the beginning of February.

To date...12 sent; 9 rejections; 3 haven't responded.

I have a short list of other places to send to, but I'm holding off for a bit. No, I don't know why. Probably cause I'm disappointed that no one likes my mashed potatoes. :)

This is when anxiety can get the better of me. If I even get a small nibble, I might assume that that's all I'll ever get, and jump at the slightest chance, instead of waiting for the right one to come along.

It's not easy. None of this is easy. Waiting. Pining. Wishing. Dreaming. Begging. Sniffling. Hoping.

Why we put ourselves through this? I have no idea.

So, I try to work on other things. I've started to write down a few story ideas. I like them, but I'm not real passionate about them yet.

I really need to fall in love with my guy character. Is that shallow? I need to love him and want to see him suffer all at the same time. :)

Meanwhile, I'll keep moving forward. That's what we do.

What are you up to? Are you doing what you need to be doing?

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

#IWSG - March is flaky & Release Day for Corners by Corrina Austin!

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!

March 7 optional question - How do you celebrate when you achieve a writing goal/ finish a story?
   
 
Alex's awesome co-hosts for the March 7 posting of the IWSG are Mary Aalgaard, Bish Denham, Jennifer Hawes, Diane Burton, and Gwen Gardner!

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


 
Most of NY is still recovering from a crappy snowstorm from last week and now we are experiencing yet another HUGE storm today. It's been whispered that an additional storm will be visiting us on Sunday or earlier. These are the days that I ask myself, why do I still live here?

As you can imagine...Stormy the Weather Gnome has been watching and reporting on the Facebook!

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Happy IWSG March Posting Day!!!

I believe I mentioned in my last post that I was looking for a home for my latest story. Sadly, no one has accepted it yet. I have 9 rejections out of 11.


I won't lie. That's tough to swallow. It messes with you head. But, I just need to keep moving forward and keep sending out my story until the right person wants it.

Cross your fingers!

How are things going for you guys?

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CORNERS
By Corrina Austin


Everyone needs their own special corner...

It’s 1969 and ten-year-old Davy is in a predicament. With two weeks remaining of the summer holidays, he’s expelled from the public pool for sneaking into the deep end and almost drowning. How will he break the news to his hard-working single mother? She’s at the diner all day, Davy has no friends, and he’s too young to stay by himself.

The answer lies in his rescuer, mysterious thirteen-year-old Ellis Wynn. Visiting her Grammy for the summer, Ellis offers to babysit Davy. She teaches him about “corners”–forgotten or neglected areas fixed up special. Together, the kids tackle several “corners” and Davy learns what it means to bring joy to others.

Davy begins to wonder, though. Why does Ellis want to be his friend? Why doesn’t she ever smile? And is Davy just one of Ellis’ “corners?”

Release date - March 6, 2018
$10.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 136 pages, Dancing Lemur Press, L.L.C.
Juvenile Fiction - Boys & Men / Fiction - Coming of Age
Print ISBN 9781939844392 eBook ISBN 9781939844408
$3.99 EBook available in all formats

“Austin’s message of true friendship and selflessness will resonate...strong addition to the realistic fiction genre.” - Library Journal

“This book was so engaging! Five out five stars.” - TDC Book Reviews

“This is a story about love and loss, wrapped in a blanket of friendship... reminds me of the storytelling method used in The Princess Bride.” - Gina @ Satisfaction for Insatiable Readers
“I hope you enjoy making a corner once you've read this sweet emotional read.” - Nayu’s Reading Corner

Corrina Austin grew up in the 1960’s. She became a mother of four and an elementary school teacher, but always found time between work and family for writing. From childhood to the present, if she wasn’t reading a book, she was writing one. While honing her craft as a writer, Corrina strives to infuse the ordinary with beauty, whimsy, and connection. She lives in St. Thomas, Ontario, Canada.


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Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#IWSG - Release your insecurities!! But, carefully, in a controlled environment. :)

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.

February 7 optional question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!



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I can't believe it's the first Wednesday of February already! Holy crap!

It's snowing here in NY. A lot. They're saying it won't amount to much, but by the look of things...it's going to be a biggun.

In May of 2010 I started this blog right after I sent out a bunch of queries for a book I still haven't published. Eight years later and things haven't changed much.

I just sent out some queries and the rejections are poring in fast.

I tell myself that my book is like mashed potatoes. Some people like them, some people don't. Some people want them with lots of toppings, some with just butter. Some people want them smooth, some with lumps.

My mashed potato book isn't going to appeal to everyone and I just have to keep going until I find just the right kind of taste buds.

Is this making sense to anyone or is it just me?

Anyhoo...fingers crossed that someone is going to like this story, not just my mom.

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As for this month's question? I'm the least romantic person writing romance. It's true. But, I love the anticipation. The subtle signs of interest. The electric spark. The first kiss. I can't get enough. And, if I can't find it while I'm reading, then I must write it myself.

How about you guys? How do you like your mashed potatoes? What do you like about your writing genre?

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In case you missed it. The next IWSG Anthology has a cover and release date.
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
Release date - May 1, 2018
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
And it is now up for Pre-order. Get your copy today!

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Check out today's post on the IWSG website because there is SO MUCH awesome info to share!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

#IWSG Twitter Pitch Party is this week & 2 cover reveals!!!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Twitter Pitch Party - #IWSGPit is this Thursday, January 18, from 8:00 - 8:00 pm EST.

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag.

On January 18, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

Rules:

Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines.  
(Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

Ages:
#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
Genres:
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction

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Cover reveal for the new IWSG Anthology!!!




Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
The clock is ticking...
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Release date - May 1, 2018
Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545
EBook ISBN 9781939844552

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Cover Reveal for InkSpell Publishing author: Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol!
 
   
 
A girl looking for a way out.
Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.
A boy looking to be a hero.
Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.
A love that could kill them both.
Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.


A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.


Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol Publication Date: February 13, 2018 Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Available for pre-order: Amazon | Kobo
 
Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.