Monday, July 17, 2017

Hero Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life, Part 3


This July I'll be featuring the twelve authors (three each Monday) who contributed stories to the 

Hero Lost Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology



Print ISBN 9781939844361 $14.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844378 $4.99

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Each author has submitted their favorite inspirational quote, so this month I won't be adding my usual quote. 
Thank you, authors!




Ellen Jacobson, The Silvering
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” ―Mark Twain


Olga Godim, Captain Bulat
"Fantasy is an exercise bicycle for the mind. It might not take you anywhere, but it tones up the muscles that can." ―Terry Pratchett


Erika Beebe, The Wheat Witch
“You will write if you will write without thinking of the result in terms of a result, but think of the writing in terms of discovery, which is to say that creation must take place between the pen and the paper, not before in a thought or afterwards in a recasting... It will come if it is there and if you will let it come.” ―Gertrude Stein

Clock's ticking! Do you have your #IWSGPit ready?

Don't miss the July 30 deadline for the next IWSG Anthology. 




Quote of the Week: "Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences." J.K. Rowling

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hero Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life, Part 2

Hero Lost, Mysteries of Death and Life, Part 2


This July I'll be featuring the twelve authors (three each Monday) who contributed stories to the 

Hero Lost Mysteries of Death and Life
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology




Print ISBN 9781939844361 $14.95
eBook ISBN 9781939844378 $4.99

Print:
EBook:

Each author has submitted their favorite inspirational quote, so this month I won't be adding my usual quote. 
Thank you, authors!


Tyrean Martinson, Of Words and Swords
 “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” ―Lloyd Alexander



Elizabeth Seckman, Mind Body Soul
“It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way.” ―Ernest Hemingway



Sean McLachlan, The Witch Bottle
I can't give the whole quote because it's a poem--"All the Way" by Charles Bukowski. His poem "The Laughing Heart" is a good one too, but the first poem is more directed at writers.
Also, a great spoken word for all creative types can be found here:



Don't miss the July 30 deadline for the next IWSG Anthology. 




Have you read an anthology lately? Will you enter to be included in the next anthology?

And whatever you do, don't miss July 27th #IWSGPit on Twitter. 8am-8pm Over 30 agents are checking the twitter feed. 




Quote of the Week: "Life is like a game of poker: If you don't put anything in the pot, there won't be anything to take out." Moms Mabley

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Let's Talk Insecurity

Thanks Alex
Remember, the question is optional! 

July 5 Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?

The awesome co-hosts for the July 5 posting of the IWSG will be Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Patricia Lynne, Juneta Key, and Doreen McGettigan!



The I-Word is not too big, only ten letters long. Yet it carries one of the biggest, scariest emotions writers deal with every day. Here are three questions that cause my insecure quotient to rise.

Is this book ready to submit?
The first question is huge. You have only your own intuitions to follow until you offer it up for readers and feedback. And you must do that. Others will see the positives and the negatives. They'll call attention to things you missed while tending to the big picture. They may open up new threads that escaped your notice. And they'll help you answer that first question.

Who should I submit to?
Today the choices are many: sub to an agent, sub to a small press or do it yourself. Each of these choices takes you down a different road, and before you start, you have no idea what that road will be like. It's only after you look back that you either regret or cheer your decision.

How should I submit it?
Time was that you queried, then waited. When the rejection came, you repeated that process. Today there are all kinds of ways to sub your manuscript. And . . .drum roll here. . .the Twitter Pitch Party is one of the most recent successes in the sub process. 




July 27, 2017

8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time

Are you pitching? Will you take a look and follow the party? It should be wild and a lot of fun.