This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. The awesome co-hosts for the January 3 posting of the IWSG are Tyrean Martinson, Ellen @ The Cynical Sailor, Megan Morgan, Jennifer Lane, and Rachna Chhabria!
Hello, everybody! I’m co-hosting the IWSG today. I’ve done this enough times I think I’m an old hat at it by now, and I really enjoy it. So let’s get to it!
This month, I’m not sure if I’m insecure or just anxious. I just did something I didn’t expect myself to do. I’ve been working on a piece of writing that–while it’s similar to other stuff I write, it’s a bit of a departure. I didn’t plan this, the story just decided that’s what it wanted to be. Still, I had a “vision” for it. When I finished, I knew where I’d submit it and how I’d try to market it. But then, an opportunity I wasn’t expecting suddenly appeared. It seemed this opportunity was tailor-made for the story I’m writing. And so…I’m going to give this opportunity a shot, and see if it works out. I won’t go into too many details, because I’m weirdly superstitious about giving too much away ahead of time, but stumbling upon this seems like serendipity. I’ll keep you posted on how it works out.
So, I think I’m just wringing my hands this month. Maybe a wee bit insecure…I always am!
January 3 question – What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?
I’m not a very good planner. Well, I can plan, and I do, but I never seem to follow through. I could make myself a writing schedule for the entire year, down to how many words I’ll write per day, and I’d be off course within a week. My writing life tends to be pretty organic, and I can’t reign it in.
However, I very much plan to write more this year, and submit more, and hopefully publish more. I plan to make it a productive year. Last year was pretty dry and fallow, so I’m hoping for rain and growth this year. I want to start advancing my career. That’s the plan.
In other news, we have anthology contest winners to announce today!
Today is the exciting announcement of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest winners!
Thank you to the awesome IWSG Admins for reading through all of the entries: Alex J. Cavanaugh; Lynda Young; Michelle Wallace; L. Diane Wolfe; Nick Wilford; JL Campbell; Heather M. Gardner; Pat Hatt; Christine Rains!
A HUGE thanks to this year’s official judges:
Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine Writers Knowledge Base.
Anne Hawkins is a partner in John Hawkins & Associates, Inc., New York. Founded in 1893 by Paul R. Reynolds, it is the oldest literary agency in the country. She works with mainstream literary and commercial fiction, including mystery, suspense, and thrillers and a wide variety of serious non-fiction, particularly history, politics, biography, science, and natural history. A number of her books have gained distinction through award nominations, book-to-film contracts, significant foreign rights sales, major book club selections, or placement on the New York Times bestseller list. Anne Hawkins is a member of the Association of Authors’ Representatives.
Candace Havens is the Editorial Director of Covet has written multiple novels for Berkley, Entangled and Harlequin. Her books have received nominations for the RITA’s, Holt Medallion and Write Touch Reader Awards. She is one of the nation’s leading entertainment journalists, runs a free online writing workshop, and teaches comprehensive writing class.
Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia’s longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications.
Patricia (Pat) Stoltey is the author of four crime fiction novels published by Five Star/Cengage including a historical mystery called Wishing Caswell Dead (https://www.amazon.com/Wishing-Caswell-Dead-Patricia-Stoltey/dp/1432834401/) (December 2017). She lives in Northern Colorado with her husband Bill, Sassy Dog, and Katie Cat. To learn more about Patricia and her books, visit her website/blog, Facebook, and Twitter.
Mason Canyon had a love of books since childhood encouraged by a mother who loved to read. A 30+year career in journalism fueled her desire to know what a story is all about. Blogging at Thoughts in Progress since 2009 and operating MC Book Tours for over a year. Loves to read and share great stories with others. MC Book Tours
The winners of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest: TICK TOCK
Until Release – Jemi Fraiser
The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglass
Center Lane – Christine Clemetson
One More Minute – Mary Aalgaard
Reset – Tara Tyler
Three O’Clock Execution – S.R. Betler
The Little Girl in the Bayou – J.R. Ferguson
Cypress, Like the Tree – Yolanda Renée
Gussy Saint and the Case of the Missing Coed – C.D. Gallant-King
Heartless – C. Lee McKenzie
And the grand prize winner:
A Stitch in Crime – Gwen Gardner
Congratulations to the winners and to all who entered!
Look for the anthology, Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime, late spring, 2018.
Note: Our Special Mention story is for IWSG Admin, C. Lee McKenzie, who did not participate in the reading or judging of any of the entries. Her story made the top ten from the judges and we are honored to include it in the anthology.