Wednesday, February 7, 2018

#IWSG - Release your insecurities!! But, carefully, in a controlled environment. :)

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!

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day.

February 7 optional question - What do you love about the genre you write in most often?

The awesome co-hosts for the February 7 posting of the IWSG are Stephen Tremp, Pat Garcia, Angela Wooldridge, Victoria Marie Lees, and Madeline Mora-Summonte!



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I can't believe it's the first Wednesday of February already! Holy crap!

It's snowing here in NY. A lot. They're saying it won't amount to much, but by the look of things...it's going to be a biggun.

In May of 2010 I started this blog right after I sent out a bunch of queries for a book I still haven't published. Eight years later and things haven't changed much.

I just sent out some queries and the rejections are poring in fast.

I tell myself that my book is like mashed potatoes. Some people like them, some people don't. Some people want them with lots of toppings, some with just butter. Some people want them smooth, some with lumps.

My mashed potato book isn't going to appeal to everyone and I just have to keep going until I find just the right kind of taste buds.

Is this making sense to anyone or is it just me?

Anyhoo...fingers crossed that someone is going to like this story, not just my mom.

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As for this month's question? I'm the least romantic person writing romance. It's true. But, I love the anticipation. The subtle signs of interest. The electric spark. The first kiss. I can't get enough. And, if I can't find it while I'm reading, then I must write it myself.

How about you guys? How do you like your mashed potatoes? What do you like about your writing genre?

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In case you missed it. The next IWSG Anthology has a cover and release date.
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting…
Release date - May 1, 2018
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
And it is now up for Pre-order. Get your copy today!

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Check out today's post on the IWSG website because there is SO MUCH awesome info to share!!

Monday, January 15, 2018

#IWSG Twitter Pitch Party is this week & 2 cover reveals!!!

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group’s Twitter Pitch Party - #IWSGPit is this Thursday, January 18, from 8:00 - 8:00 pm EST.

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag.

On January 18, 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.

Rules:

Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines.  
(Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.

Ages:
#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
Genres:
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction

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Cover reveal for the new IWSG Anthology!!!




Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology
The clock is ticking...
Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?
Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight. Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.
Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

Release date - May 1, 2018
Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective/Crime/Thrillers
Print ISBN 9781939844545
EBook ISBN 9781939844552

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Cover Reveal for InkSpell Publishing author: Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol!
 
   
 
A girl looking for a way out.
Being the daughter of New America’s leader, Mercury Masters has everything a girl could want. A glamorous life full of beautiful people, and the power to have anything she wants, except for one thing—to escape. Because Mercury’s perfect life comes with secrets to keep. Dangerous secrets that if made public would destroy her, her family, and her father’s reign. Then she meets Hawk.
A boy looking to be a hero.
Hawk, a handsome prep school dropout turned vigilante, has his own family secrets. Deadly secrets that have haunted him since he was fifteen. But instead of fighting the ghosts of his past, Hawk has assembled a group of misfit hackers and thieves to save the future from the corrupt government of New America and the mysterious virus that is killing off its citizens. But trying to do the right thing is tough when the person you really want to save is your enemy’s daughter.
A love that could kill them both.
Powerful forces keep them apart, but coming together could be the key to saving New America from destruction—even though it may cost both their lives.


A near-future YA biopunk retelling of Robin Hood.


Mercury Rises by Scarlett Kol Publication Date: February 13, 2018 Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Available for pre-order: Amazon | Kobo
 
Scarlett Kol grew up in Northern Manitoba reading books and writing stories about creatures that make you want to sleep with the lights on. As an adult, she's still a little afraid of the dark. Scarlett now lives just outside Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada with her husband and two boys, but if you need to find her she's likely freezing at the hockey rink.
 


Wednesday, January 3, 2018

#IWSG We've got anthology winners, Twitter pitch info, & Instagram news!

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!

January 3 optional question - What steps have you taken or plan to take to put a schedule in place for your writing and publishing?

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!


Happy New Year!

I wish I was cool enough to make plans or set goals, but I just can't pull that off. I do everything last minute or by the seat of my pants. It's not ideal, but its been working so far, so I think I just need to stick to it. At least for now. :)
 
 
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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
Anne Hawkins
Candace Havens
Ion Newcombe 
Patricia (Pat) Stoltey
Mason Canyon


The winners of the 2017 IWSG Anthology Contest: TICK TOCK


Until Release  - Jemi Fraiser

The Tide Waits – Rebecca M. Douglas

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

Special Mention:
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.

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The next #IWSGPit will be Thursday, January 18, 2018!
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 18, 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.


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Are you ready for #theiwsg writing Wednesday posts on Instagram?
Link: https://www.instagram.com/theiwsg/
Join as you can.
Share and Encourage.
Spread the word.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Déjà vu Blogfest is here and #IWSG news!

Happy New Year to some of you and Happy 'almost' New Year to others! We are about 12 hours away here in NY state from the midnight hour.

I don't put much stock in resolutions or reflections at this point in my life. Just put my head down and keep moving forward as best I can.

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From DL Hammons: How this blogfest works is so simple I can’t understand why anyone wouldn’t want to do it. Sign-up to participate with Mr. Linky below, then sometime during the weekend of December 30th thru Jan 1st re-post your favorite blog offering from earlier in the year, or one that you believe failed to receive the exposure it deserved. On that weekend what everyone will be reading is the best of the best (as determined by you) from this year.  The blogosphere will be chock full 2017 writing brilliance!  Encouragement, enlightenment, knowledge, bared souls, stimulation, hilarity, insecurities, success stories!  All on display…the very same day.  And it couldn't be any easier to take part...no writing necessary! J
Please sign-up and then shout out to all of your blogging friends and encourage them to sign up as well.  Take the badge above and plaster it everywhere, blogging graffiti gone wild. Tweet about it (#dejavu2017) and post the picture on Instagram. Sign up below and start looking through those old posts! 
This is a Blog Hop!

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I do enjoy a good blogfest and I've done the Deja Vu blogfest a few times.

There's still time to join us if you're interested. It can't get much easier than sharing a post you've already written! 

I've chosen a fun post from July 2017 that stars Stormy the Weather Gnome and his new police officer friend.

Check out Stop! In the name of the (Gnome) LAW! HERE

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Two things from the IWSG! We now have an Instagram page, run by our new admin Tyrean Martinson!

...AND...


The next #IWSGPit will be Thursday, January 18, 2018! 
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time 

 
Get more information HERE!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

A Special Visit from Tara Tyler, #IWSG Twitter Pitch in Jan & The X-Files returns..again!

I love having visitors over! Welcome back, Tara, and congratulations on your latest release...Disposal!
Best of luck and best wishes!


Li'l Stormy - Another Gnome Adventure...

Here's a little Stormy limerick - just for Heather and her fans!






Hope you enjoyed my tribute to Stormy the weather gnome!

Thanks so much, Heather for having me at your place. It's been too long. Love what you've done! And so glad our friendship has lasted through the years - they fly by so quickly. Our boys are evidence of that!

DISPOSAL by Tara Tyler
Pop Travel, Book Three

Cooper and Geri are finally in a good place, but their bliss is short-lived when Cooper's rebellious nephew Jimmy moves in with them for a summer internship. He hits the town hard and thinks he's found the girl of his dreams in an fiery, exotic beauty. Against all words of warning, he pursues her and ends up getting kidnapped by her powerful Drug Lord father. Geri tracks him down, but gets herself kidnapped as well.

Now it's up to Cooper to use all his resources to save them, including the hot homicide detective Geri secretly despises, and the latest sketchy gadgets his genius friend Hasan offers him to field-test. Sure, why not? Cooper will do anything to get his family back.
About the Author:
Tara Tyler is a math teacher who writes to share her passion for reading with others. She loves dogs, coffee, and is the lazy housewife, living in a world of boys with three sons and a coach husband. Join her for an adventure!

Book One           Book Two


And this week only - all of Tara Tyler's other titles are ON SALE for 99 cents on Kindle!


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We are only a month away from the next IWSG Twitter Pitch!
 
The next #IWSGPit will be Thursday, January 18, 2018!  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 18, Tweet your pitch.
 
If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query.
 
Head over HERE for more info!

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As you might have heard...The X-Files will return in January for another season!
 
 
It looks like we get 10 episodes this time.
 
I'm hoping that they spent enough time on these episodes to really give us a cohesive story line. Season 10 had its share of issues, but I think they were just excited to get it back on the air to pay attention to all the important details.
 
Even with the issues, I did enjoy watching The X-Files again and I will be watching it come January!

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Happy -- Merry -- Festive