Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June IWSG:

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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!
Co-Hosts:
JH Moncrieff
Madeline Mora-Summonte
Jen Chandler
Megan Morgan
Heather Gardner



June Question: Did you ever say “I quit”? If so, what happened to make you come back to writing?

Ha! Many times, I've tried to quit when the words stopped coming. When I ran into rejections. When I wearied of the entire run-around that can be seeking representation. 

But, I can't. Try as hard as I have tried to quit at times, I can't shake the feeling that I'm meant to write. And meant to write the stories I've been inspired to write. Here's the thing, I write Inspirational stories. For years, I tried to fool myself that I wrote enough to the ABA side of the market to pick up an agent of that style books, it wasn't meant to be. The last agent I pitched and queried, praised my writing, but called a spade a spade--"your writing leans to the Christian market, and I don't have the contacts to sell it." 

Did that make me want to quit? Not this time. I retooled my thinking, started my hunt for conferences that showcase agents for the Christian market, and I'm in it for the long haul. I'll never doubt this journey isn't path I'm destined to walk. 

Links!

Great Ideas! "13 Ways to Support an Author Without Ever Spending a Dime"

In an general, life affirming way, I offer--"How to Complain Less"--We all need this one.

And another oh, so important one for the care and feeding of writers--"Your Body is as Important as Your Mind"

Next Post: Why the Book Pusher post for June, of course! ;-)

10 comments:

  1. I think that's a HUGE part of the buiz, figuring out exactly where you land as far as genre, audience, etc. The next hard part is figuring out how to reach the key people in that arena, eh? Here's to never giving up!

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    1. Hear! Hear! I agree, Crystal. Research isn't just for story stuff.

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  2. Hi, Zan Marie! It's great that you've figured out your true genre. I have no doubt you'll have success in publishing, now that you have that focus.

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda! Here's to figuring it out. ;-)

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  3. There are publishers who publish Christian fiction. Mine does. Don't quit.

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    1. I'm definitely not quitting. Thanks for all the reminders and camaraderie of the IWSG, Alex.

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  4. Glad you're hanging in. You've worked to hard to do otherwise!

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    1. :0) (Of course, as a great writer, I put "to" instead of "too". I must slow down and proof my words. Pity there is no edit button. I hope you didn't cringe "too" much!)

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    2. I know! I know! I catch it all too often in my comments.

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