It's the first Wednesday of the month,
the day that members of the
Insecure Writer's Support Group
share their writing struggles
and writing successes
and offer their encouragement
and support to fellow writers.
To visit the IWSG website, click here.
To become a member of the IWSG, click here.
Our wonderful co-hosts who are volunteering today,
along with IWSG Founder Alex Cavanaugh are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp,
Liesbet @ Roaming About, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox.
I hope you have a chance to visit today's hosts and thank them for co-hosting.
I'm sure they would appreciate a visit and an encouraging comment.
with advice, insight, a personal experience, or a story in their IWSG posts.
Or, the question can inspire members
if they aren't sure what to write about on IWSG Day.
Remember the question is optional.
This month's featured question is:
There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?
Happy July, Everyone!
Wherever you are, I hope that you and your loved ones are safe, healthy, and happy.
I would just like the industry to become easier to function in.
When I was teaching I would sometimes exclaim,
"I just want to teach! I don't want to do all the other crap!"
When it comes to the publishing industry I want to exclaim,
"I just want to write! I don't want to do all the other crap!"
Okay, I'll admit it. Not all of the other crap is crap.
I actually had fun signing my first books a week ago.
Thanks to my friend Susan Fiscus for the photos
June 23, 2020, Denver, Colorado, USA
And I know the other things, biggies like book promotion and marking, are not crap.
They just are demanding and take time away from something I'd rather do: Write.
Fortunately I've got the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
I really appreciate all the help, support, and encouragement of my fellow members.
If it weren't for the IWSG, I wouldn't be published in the United States,
and if it weren't for the help and guidance of people like
I would have had a much harder time navigating the currents of the publishing industry.
Through them and my fellow Voyager authors, I have learned and experienced so much.
How could the industry make it easier for me?
I want it to invent a machine that I could strap on my head like headphones,
a machine that would download the perfect book in my brain
as beautifully polished real books
strategically placed in all the bookstores in the country
and advertised in online publications and off
while scheduling me for appearances at conferences and industry events.
And I'd prefer not to wait a whole decade, thank you!
Since this doesn't seem likely, I'll just keep moving along,
dealing with all the crap and hanging in there with my writing.
Happy writing in July!
Waiting for the Ferry to Tiverton
Grand Passage, Bay of Fundy, Nova Scotia, Canada
© M. Louise (MacBeath) Barbour/Fundy Blue
All Rights Reserved
Check out the IWSG Anthologies blog site at https://iwsganthologies.blogspot.com/
The post today is Favorite Online Writing Resources (Not the IWSG) ~ Part 2.
Also check out a new review of Voyagers: The Third Ghost by fellow IWSG member
Toi Thomas on BookBub at https://www.bookbub.com/reviews/3580548828.