Wednesday, December 7, 2016

IWSG: In the Next Five Years, I will...

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Insecure Writers 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!

Our Co-Sponsor's this month are:
Jennifer Hawes
Jen Chandler
Nick Wilford
Juneta Key
JH Moncrieff
Diane Burton
MJ Fifield

In terms of your writing career, where do you see yourself five years from now, and what’s your plan to get there.

Short Answer: Published ;-)

Long Answer: It takes more than wishes and dreams, doesn't it? I've been intentional about going to conferences and pitching agents who rep what I write. Doing what they suggest or say they want is hard work, but rewarding--even if the answer is no! Truly! Yeah, it's hard to hear that little word, but when they tell you more than a form rejection, it can be mined for gold.

Another thing I've done is to take advantage of the Blue Pencil session offered with my registration for the Surrey International Writers conference in October. I followed though on the suggestions before submitting to the two agents I spoke to there.

I've entered in a pitch contest. That one's still hanging, too.

What will I do now? Work on book 2 and start the long hard slog that is creating a target list of agents. I'm still a bit worried about that last one. ;-) But, I'll manage. Then I'll query. Yikes!

So, what about you? What are you doing for you Five-Year Plan?

Next Week: December's Mini Book Reviews--AKA the last minute gift suggestion list. ;-)


  1. Good luck! Yes, it's scary at times - baby steps!

  2. You'll do fine. You've got the right attitude to champion your work. And, champion it you will. Nice to see you back.

  3. Happy writing, and merry Christmas!

    1. Merry Christmas and Happy Writing to you, too!

  4. Those are great goals!
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  5. Here's to all of us being published in the next 5 years!

  6. What a warm and welcoming page you have, Zan Marie. So glad you visited The Write Game so I could drop by. Good luck on your goals. You're right about the work involved, but then, like my gram said, you always value something you have to work for.

    1. Amen! Your gram is right. I'm glad you dropped by, too. Here's a great Holidays and New Year for us all!

  7. If they give you constructive criticism, that is tons better than a form rejection. Those don't tell us anything.

    1. Yes, the first was a bit vague about having other stories with the same tone. The second was very specific. Believe me, I followed through on it before sending out again. ;-)

  8. You are definitely on the right track. All we can really control is what we do...but the harder we work, the more likely we are to succeed. It just takes time, sadly.

  9. I hope your story is published soon so I can start gifting it to others!


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