Wednesday, 4 October 2017

IWSG October 2017 - Show Us Your Writer Insecurity

Time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group and it's a busy one today. If you don't know, the first Wednesday of the month marks the day when writers everywhere can gather to share our doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. Hosted as always by Ninja Cap'n Alex J. Cavanaugh, today's co-hosts are Olga GodimChemist KenJennifer Hawes and Tamara Narayan. Onto the first item of business...


This will be a lot of fun - today we've asked you to pose with any item of the IWSG swag or the IWSG logo. Once you've done that, leave a comment at the IWSG website or Facebook page directing us to your photo. The admin team will visit each one and pick the top three, who will receive the following enviable prize packages:

Third place – EBook of A Change of Mind and Other Stories by Nick Wilford, eBook of The Remnant by William Michael Davidson, eBook of Cling to God by Lynda R. Young, eBook of Already Home by Heather M. Gardner, and eBook of Dragon of the Stars by Alex. J. Cavanaugh. 

Second place – The entire eBook collection of the Totem series by Christine Rains, eBooks of Princess of Las Pulgas by C. Lee McKenzie, audio book of CassaSeries by Alex J. Cavanaugh, eBook of Black and White by Nick Wilford, and your choice eBook from J.L. Campbell. 

Grand prize winner - IWSG website interview, IWSG newsletter spotlight, IWSG pinned tweet for one week, C. Lee McKenzie's Featured Follower for the month, the IWSG Goodreads book club eBook for October/November, a short chapter critique, and a pair of IWSG erasers.


Onto the next item of business... submissions are currently open for the exciting next IWSG anthology.


Eligibility: Any member of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group is encouraged to enter – blogging or Facebook member. The story must be previously unpublished. Entry is free. 

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Mystery/Crime/Thriller

Theme: Tick Tock. The story revolves around a clock, is time sensitive, or has something about a specific time. This theme has plenty of scope and we’re open to pretty much anything along these lines. No erotica, R-rated language, or graphic violence. 

Story deadline: November 1st 2017

How to enter: Send your polished, previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please format double-spaced, size 12 font, and no headers or footers. Include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging or Facebook IWSG group. 

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


We know there's an incredible amount of talent in this group, so we can't wait to see what you've got! If you haven't entered yet, give it some thought and see what you come up with. This theme could go anywhere and we're excited to go through the entries.

So, onto today's post. I'm not feeling particularly insecure at the moment - having just finished a blog tour for my first ever released novel, I've been heartened by the support and encouragement that's out there in the writing community and I'm thankful to all the bloggers who hosted me and all those who commented and shared the posts. With this book being nearly five years in the gestation, having it out there feels like turning a corner and I'm optimistic about the future. Of course there is work still to be done with remaining edits on the subsequent parts, but it feels like it's within my grasp, which hasn't always been the case!

Are you showing your insecurity today? Submitted to the anthology or still crafting your masterpiece?

Don't forget to check out other IWSG contributors here!

48 comments:

D Biswas said...

Wonderful spree of events, prizes, call for submissions! Very excited for the IWSG :)

All the best with your book, Nick!
Damyanti

Fundy Blue said...

Yes, things are hopping at the IWSG this month. Thanks for sharing the information, Nick. Congratulations on your new novel and best wishes for its success!

Shannon Lawrence said...

So much going on! Congratulations on a successful book release!

Angela Wooldridge said...

hi Nick, Congrats on your book release, the writing community is so supportive isn't it :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That's what is so awesome about this community - it's support. Glad you could finally release that book into the world.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Glad you had a great blog tour and book release. Maybe some time you could share your tips of what worked and what didn't in how you promoted your book.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Yeh for not feeling insecure! And congrats on a successful book/blog tour! :)

JeffO said...

Positive feelings--yay!

I'm glad I was able to be part of your launch festivities, Nick, and I hope it helped in some way. Congrats again, and keep the energy and good vibes rolling!

Karen Walker said...

Hi Nick,
I just got back from Europe and missed your blog tour. I'm so sorry. Would you like to do a guest post on my blog? it doesn't get a lot of visitors, but I'd be happy to help.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Nick - well done on your book tour ...finishing the book is one thing - publishing is another ... congratulations and lots of luck with the future writings and book sales - cheers Hilary

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That's wonderful to hear you've received such a great reception.

Michelle Wallace said...

Well done on the book, Nick!
...and I'm still in the process of crafting that "elusive masterpiece"!
Happy IWSG Day!

Patsy said...

I'm glad having your first novel released has made you less insecure! Hope it does well for you.

Jennifer Hawes said...

That's such a wonderful feeling! Keep going strong. It can be such a roller coaster ride at times. Good luck!

emaginette said...

Congrats to all the winners. Well done. :-)

Anna from elements of emaginette

Christine Rains said...

Glad to hear you're feeling groovy and things are going well. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

I forgot it was show your insecurity today. I wonder where my ISWG shirt is. Maybe I'll snap a picture.

You're blog tour looked like it went well. I saw you all over the web. Congrats on it.

Stephsco said...

Congrats on your book! That is something to celebrate. Very cool about the anthology. I'll check it out when it comes out.

Here is my October IWSG post

Tyrean Martinson said...

So much good news from IWSG!!!

The Cynical Sailor said...

Glad things are going so well for you and that you had a great blog tour.

Ryan Carty said...

I'm polishing a story for the anthology contest this month. Gotta stop making excuses for not putting myself out there. Congrats on the book and the successful blog tour. Well done.

Silvia Villalobos said...

Congrats on the book, and I absolutely agree: the blogging community is awesome in helping promote and just being there.

Jennifer Lane said...

Congratulations on your debut novel--what a great feeling!

Sarah Foster said...

Lots of things going on!!
Glad the blog tour went well. It's good to not feel so insecure.

Chemist Ken said...

I don't know how many years I've been working on my stories, but eventually I'll finish one. I don't care how long it takes, as long as I finish it.

Congrats again on the book.

Sandra Cox said...

I love the theme for this anthology.

jamieayres.com said...

The IWSG has grown so much; love all the stuff they're doing!

klahanie said...

Hi Nick,

The dog has kindly allowed me to take over my blog. Which means I'm the one doing the commenting.

Ah yes, the IWSG logo. Of course, most bloggers do know that "IWSG" actually means, "I Was Seeking Gary." Delusional moment over!

Positive stuff, Nick. That was a very good tour you had, my friend.

Penny's human dad,

Gary

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on the blog tour. You really did a lot of work for it.

Liz A. said...

Sounds like you're in a good place. Congrats.

Cherie Colyer said...

Congrats on your book release!! Just paged back up on your blog to read the blurb, it sounds intriguing.

Meka James said...

Congrats on your book release! It's an exciting time. Happy to hear your blog tour went well. Glad it's been a good month for you. :)

Liesbet said...

How wonderful to not feel insecure! And, for good reasons. You have been very productive, and this community is the best!

Cherie Reich said...

The IWSG is keeping busy. Glad to hear your book blog tour went well!

Anne Doucette said...

Nick,
Congrats on the blog tour and on your success. It helps me to read such positivity.

Anne from annehiga.com

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good luck with all your writing endeavours! I think the very act of writing stories - for others to read - is an act of bravery :-) My present step into the unknown is a two year writing course where all the other participants get to criticise!! Heaven help me...

Robert Bennett said...

Oh man! I totally forgot! Crap. I'm gonna have to think on this one.

Side note: congrats on your blog tour!

Lynda Dietz said...

I tried to follow the blog tour, and may not have commented everywhere but I think I got to read almost all of them. How great is it to have a little respite from the insecure feeling? Enjoy that and let it buoy you for the next round of work.

By the way, I read The Treatment and loved it, but couldn't find where to review it. It was very nicely done.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Nick, Congratulations on your successful blog tour and I'm so excited about your new book! Love the cover and the intriguing premise! Wishing you all the best!

Julie

Romance Reader said...

Exciting! Congrats on your new book and the tour!

Deniz Bevan said...

Congratulations on your blog tour!
Five years, wow. I always have to remember that writing is a marathon, not a sprint, whenever I'm feeling insecure...

Suzanne Furness said...

I'm glad your blog tour has been a success. Your book is certainly on my TBR list, Nick.

Suzy said...

All the best with your book and Congratulations on your achievements. Good to hear that at present there are no insecurities. Perhaps someday I will also attempt a book but right now not so sure about it.

Sharon said...

That's great about your novel. How exciting. Congratulations!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

The mystery writer in me wants to enter, but the time constrains are huge and I just can't see entering now. Best of luck to all the entries.

Mary Aalgaard said...

Congratulations on all your successes. Your hard work is paying off!

Mina Burrows said...

So excited for you, NicK! What an accomplishment! Congrats!

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Congrats on the success of your novel, Nick! It's great you've been getting so much support.

Well deserved.