ARC Copies Available for Grumpy Old Gods Volume 2.
The Grumpy Old Gods are back in this second installment of mythical fun. Join us for 13 new tales of deities that are retired, reborn, waning or AWOL from their assigned posts as they hilariously navigate life, death, and everything in between.
It is up for pre-order now!
AUGUST 9, 2019.
As you know, reviews are an important part of marketing your book.
readers use reviews to help them to decide if your book is a fit for them or not, and whether to buy. I know I do especially if I can’t make up my mind about it.
We are offering free ARC copies to readers hoping you will leave us an honest review.
I have 20 free copies set up on Booksprout if you are interested in reading the next installment of Grumpy Old Gods.
Reviews also help with getting seen on Amazon.
Twenty reviews is a magic number boost, I hear, with Amazon Ads. So we are shooting and hoping for at least twenty reviews.
If that happens we will try our hand at Amazon Ads marketing as our first experiment with ads.
These are PDF format and not the final proof, so there will probably be some missed mistakes.
20 ARC copies available through BookSprout.
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
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I have IWSG news!
I am officially an IWSG Admin. I am so excited about that. I have been part of the group since March 2014. I have not missed one post yet. I have been so tickled to have climbed the list to number 51.
Climbing IWSG list was powerful motivation to write something even a blog post. I liked seeing that number get smaller. I was somewhere like 290-300 when I first signed up. So much wisdom and insight in one place. I am grateful for the connections and friends I have made. The IWSG itself has grown so much since I joined.
They now have a newsletter, anthologies, a yearly anthology contest, and a book club, IWSG swag, plus all kinds of info and resources helpful to writers on the home site. They have been voted one of the top sites for writers by Writer’s Digest, The Write Life, and others.
This is an awesome supportive group of people. This group inspires me and reminds me I am not alone in this journey. These are people who understand and get it—the need and compulsion to write the story to make those nattering invisible people shut up… er… happy. The best part they are a lot of fun, helpful, and generously encouraging.
OPTIONAL IWSG Day Question:
Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you’d forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?
I took a character I created for a Star Wars role play game back in 2001-2005 and repurposed in 2012 for a role in my space opera series. While repurposing him, he revealed he kept a journal. This is an entry he shared with me.
MEET MY CHARACTER CAPTAIN ARIK KESTREL
FROM THE STARLIGHT GALAXY: SPACE OPERA SERIES
About This Project: Actor pick Johnny Depp : Follow the link to see, you have to scroll down a little to see this picture. It is the expression on his face that inspired me.
My space opera series is set in the Starlight Galaxy. Arik is a secondary character, not main, although he does have a story. This is part of my character profile as I build background and get to know his voice and sense of self.
Arik is a Starship Captain feeling the aches and repercussions of his choices in his life. He is in a precarious situation that has a high potential for backlash, that won’t just affect him, but everyone and everything he knows.
He is questioning every chose he has every made and lamenting all the choices that have been made for him. He has a romantic soul though his character is ambiguous at best and the lines of right and wrong are often blurred.
He wanes a bit lyrical in this journal entry as he recognizes the dreams of youth and adventure have faded and survival takes on a new face. A choice is looming ahead of him that he’d prefer to avoid. Originally written in 2012 and revised in 2016. A metaphor in his own voice.
FROM THE JOURNAL OF STARSHIP CAPTAIN ARIK KESTREL
Sometimes a man has to choose
From bad, worse or horrendous.
Good or bad choices always bring change,
Just as change is not always a choice.
Every man must chart his own journey through the stars,
Whether by free-will or circumstance there is no turning back.
A progression through yawning maws of dark space,
That invade your fuel lines with every action.
Ambiguity is an unpredictable mask,
That can hide a man’s motives or shield his intentions.
With each hyperjump shaping his destiny,
Sub-light shifts in the soul reshaping the subconscious.
When star lines split,
Will the journey have been worth the expenditure?
Will the man at hard dock still be the same pilot,
That ventured into the unknown?
© Juneta Key
That I will drop the ball with all the things I am trying to do; forget something important. I am not sure why but I had all my links in green color and all of sudden WP is showing them gray and no matter how many times I change it, it has not taken. Sorry about that.
Heads Up. Everyone! Hope you are busy working on your stories.
One more month until the deadline:
September 4th, 2019!
Guidelines & Rules:
Word count: 3500-5000
Genre: Middle-Grade Historical – Adventure/Fantasy
May 1 – September 4, 2019
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (double-spaced, no footers or headers), previously unpublished story to admin @insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.
The next #IWSGPit will be in January 15, 2020
8:00 am – 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 15, 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.
So much depends upon a red wheel barrow.…so begins the famous poem by William Carlos William – the inspiration behind this prompt. Which can be taken in myriad directions. It can be purely a prop. A part of the setting in a garden? A construction site? A factory? What depends upon it?
It can be used to carry away debris from a broken home. Or bricks for a new one. Maybe a skeleton, or a heist. Anything is possible. Will it turn out dependable or feckless? That’s the question … and you get to decide!
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