IWSG SEPTEMBER 5TH, 2018
INSECURE WRITER’S SUPPORT GROUP
Writer’s supporting, encouraging and learning from each other. Post on your own blog about your struggles, your triumphs, and your successes. Talk about your works in progress the good, the bad and the ugly or some other writing relating topic on your mind. Read others, interact, comment, and grow within this wonderful author community. Every month there is an optional question for those who may need help figuring out what to post about.
The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren’t. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.
Submissions accepted: September 5 – November 4, 2018
How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes.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.
Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges who will be announced September 5.
Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.
OUR BOOK SELECTION FOR AUGUST/SEPTEMBER IS:
THE ART OF MEMOIR BY MARY KARR
This one is for our memoir writers and anyone who has ever thought of writing a memoir. The discussion will start September 19th and will go to the end of the month, but it will be up indefinitely, so you can hop in whenever you’re able. Join Us.
September 19th, Join Us.
Optional IWSG Day Question:
I will probably start out Self Publishing and/or Indie Publishing but I would like to do traditional too. I am still putting some thought into that area, weighing pros and cons, and learning all I can about all three avenues.
Biggest Pros and Cons (catch 22) for Self Publishing. These 3 make this a winner in many ways. There are No trumps just preferences. What you will do and what you won’t do! Quality and skill level are on you to be professional, and/or invest for those services so your book stands up to the quality test your readers’ require to keep them coming back. It is all up to you. Make a great first impression by taking the time and doing the work starting out.
- Autonomy-freedom from external control or influence; independence.
- Publish Immediately & All decisions and mistakes belong to you. (No waiting or asking permissions)
- All rights and royalties belong to you. (BUT so does all the work and responsibility +you have to learn (or pay for) the skills and knowledge you don’t possess to present a professional book, launch, and promotions. Quality editing, cover, blurb, launch and keywords KEY. Expect to make mistakes even at your best performance, expect to fail so you can learn, but don’t quit-persistence is the road to success even if it takes years.
- And you wait for pay but it all belongs to you when it arrives. No middlemen only what you put out for services to make your book its best.
Indie Publish: I don’t know a lot about Indie Publishers but this is something I will be looking into as well. “Book packagers combine aspects of small presses and printers, but they are technically neither small presses nor printers. The majority of small presses are independent or indie publishers, meaning that they are separate from the handful of major publishing house conglomerates, such as Random House or Hachette.” ~From Wikipedia about Indie Publishers
- How to Evaluate Small Publishers—Plus Digital-Only Presses and Hybrids by Jane Friedman
- Author Beware-What to Look for in an Indie Publisher – Kristen Lamb
- You can say you have been signed by a publisher. (They call all the shots. Your input and control is minimal to nonexistent. They have the reach and access that you don’t when you start out.)
- You know your book will be seen in bookstores, generally. (BUT you are expected to promote and develop your own following just like the Indie now. What they do is very marginal.)
- You can learn to work under contract, to deadlines, and edit, edit, edit. You will develop skills of patience and compromise. You will wait and redo and redo.
- You will be paid up front, but when your book sees the light of day might take a while, so return/earnings slow to manifest. AND if they don’t manifest as expected/projected your book/characters will probably be consigned to the nether regions forever or a really long time. Getting rights back will depend on the contract you signed and what you agree to long term. Here is where patience comes in again.
- There is a sweet side of pride connected to validation that goes with saying I sold my book to this publisher, especially the big names.
- Accept the fact the life of your book could have an expiration date on availability when someone else holds the rights, and limited revenue returns in the future.
- There is something about it that makes you feel like a professional going into it and boosts confidence and excitement.
- There is more I am sure but these were off the top of my head.
WRITER’S GAMBIT SPOTLIGHTS IN AUGUST