Today I want to tell you about how last month's Insecure Writer's Support Group directly impacted me---as in, next week I'll be embarking on something that I never ever would've expected pre-last-month's-IWSG. In case anyone out there doesn't know, IWSG was invented and is managed by the one and only (he claims, though many of us suspect clones) Alex J. Cavanaugh,
First, I read Steven Symes' September IWSG post--- it was about facing our fears, only not just facing them, purposely putting ourselves into fear-inducing situations to make ourselves stronger.
Then, I read M. Pax's post about some very interesting things she did to rev up her book sales. She's always been very forthright and open about sharing her self-publishing experiences. I realized after reading her post that I was anxious to scratch my self-publishing itch, something that had always scared me before, but Steven's post was still whispering in my ear to just face it already, so guess what...
I'm facing it with a quirky novella (pictured above) that's been sitting on my hard drive---except for a wicked fun outing at the last season of fellow IWSGer D.L. Hammons' WRiTE Club (penname Sissy Grimm). Lots of you saw the cover reveal at the blog of yet another IWSGer, Michael Di Gesu, or perhaps saw tweets about it from Jennifer Lane, Cherie Colyer or other wonderful IWSGers. You guys do not just talk the talk---and it's knowing y'all would have my back that gave me the courage to do this. So THANK YOU, all of you, for your encouraging words every single month---they have made a positive difference in this writer's life.
I'm giving away 5 copies of the novella on opening day next Tuesday and you can enter to win one below. AND you can read an excerpt right now at Fabulosity Reads.