7.1.15

Insecure Writer's Support Group: January 2015

Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the first 2015 meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, founded by the one and clonely Alex J. Cavannaugh. (If you haven't joined the club yet and are interested in learning more, click on either of the links in the preceding sentence.)

JUST read the memo about the brief introduction, so here it is: I live in the Chicago 'burbs w/ one husband, one bunny, one teenaged son, and a daughter who also lives across the state border at university. I work in digital and print marketing for a local retail icon so I get to do lots of writing at my day job. I realize now that I've written fiction in my head my whole life but I didn't start putting my stories into words until the summer after I turned 40. I'm so happy I didn't wait any longer.

I burrowed pretty snuggly into the Land of Offline the past several weeks, so I'm excited to bop about today to see what's up with all of you. My insecurities are the same ol' same ol' for January---a year's worth of new goals and concern that I won't be able to do it all. I've learned by now that setting a schedule & sticking to it is key, so that's what I'll do...and when I trip over inevitable obstacles, you'll get to hear all about it at future IWSG meetings, hehe.

The first super exciting thing that'll happen for me this year is the January, 23 cover reveal for my upcoming chick-lit romance VIBRIZZIO, If you'd like to post the cover on the 23rd (and get a slightly early peek at the goods), please sign up at Xpresso Book Tours.

Lyssa Bates doesn't need a man. Not when the world is fully stocked with double A batteries and a wide array of options in Amazon's health and sexual wellness category. Coming April 21, 2015 from Swoon Romance.

Yesterday I revealed the wicked awesome cover of SOMETHING WICKED by Carol Oates. Take a scroll down to see it. :)

30 comments:

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Congrats on the new book! And I like a schedule, too, but I try to keep it loose, give myself some breathing room.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Happy IWSG Day, Nicki. Congratulations on your new novel! Exciting. Hope the opening goes smoothly with tons of sales!

Sarah Foster said...

Congrats on the cover reveal and the upcoming release! I've tried to stick to schedules but it just never seems to work for me. Maybe I just need to create better schedules...

Arlee Bird said...

Vibrizzio eh? Sounds a little shaky to me.

Maybe January should be removed from the yearly calendar? Less insecurity perhaps, but also no more birthdays for me. Hmmm--be nice not to get any older.
Lee
Tossing It Out

Julie Flanders said...

Oooh a new cover! Congrats on another new book!
And I didn't start putting my stories down until I turned 40 as well. Here's to late bloomers. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

It is the same old, same old for me too. I have a lot on schedule too and am worried about keeping up with it all. What can we do but keep working.

Rohn Federbush said...

When I really don't want to write, I make lists: publishers to contact, agents, other reviewers, etc. When I'm working, brain ticking off words faster than I can type, I don't make lists and forget even important family schedules. Nevertheless writing is my main goal. At 74 how many days do I have left?
I dreamt about the number 6,000. Wonder what that means. I hope not 6 k rejections.

Liz Blocker said...

Congrats, Nicki! I don't post on Fridays (I'm trying to stick to my goal of limiting my blogging time and writing more instead), but I'd be happy to promo this either the Wednesday before or the Wednesday after. Shoot me an email and let me know which you'd prefer, and if I should signup at Xpresso :)(lizblocker at gmail)

How did everyone but me see this intro thing? Sigh. I think I need to go add it in...

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm with Arlee about January being removed from the calendar, but that would only mean a new name for the same dreaded month!

Congrats on your new book. May your sales be the highest!

Jennifer Lane said...

Whoops, I missed the memo about introductions. Was that an email? I am so excited for Vibby! And that cover from Carol is gorgeous. Hooray for time to do some writing on the day job!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Can't wait to see your cover!
I was offline for a while over the holidays and it was awesome.

Carrie-Anne said...

Congratulations on your upcoming release! I'm horrible about making schedules and to-do lists. I got that trait from my maternal grandma, who's notoriously laid-back.

SA Larsenッ said...

Memo? Yeah, guess I missed that. Whoa...how exciting for you! I LUV the title of your book. Best of luck! I'll check my calendar, but I think I can sign up to help spread your good news.

M Pax said...

Ooo. Can't wait to see the new cover. Yeah, I'm just going to do what I can do and watch Survivor. :)

I missed the memo or completely spaced on it... one or the other.

Feather Stone said...

Can't wait, but I must. I better stock up on my triple A batteries before picking up latest, greatest. Signed up to participate in your launch. So happy for you, Nicki.

Stephen Tremp said...

Happy Near Year to you and yours! And best wishes with your release. May it be a smashing success!

Crystal Collier said...

Oh happy day! Getting a cover is one of the most exciting steps along the way. I'm so stoked for you. 2015 is going to be epic, eh?

Michael Di Gesu said...

Hey, Ms Nicki,

Yup the sun is COOKING me through my windows. And I just checked the temp 5 degrees.... LOVELY. Not fun sweating in you apt and wanting to go out. Just the thought of that 5 degrees and wind chill.... BRRRRRRRR. My nose hairs will freeze. LOL.

Glad you're enjoying the day off....

CONGRATS on the new cover... AWESOME.... Thanks for catching me up on the tense. Glad it reads so SMOOOOOOOTHLY!

Cherie Colyer said...

Schedules help me too, so to lists. Lots of lists. =)

I can't wait to see your new cover. So exciting!

Suzanne Sapsed said...

Happy new year! A break from the internet is always a good thing :) x

dolorah said...

Love, love that teaser blurb.

Joss said...

I'm trying out the whole schedule thing right now, it's tough sticking to it but I am finding that I am being more productive, so it must be working lol.

Hope you have a great 2015 :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats on the upcoming book, Nicki.

It's really cold here today, so I imagine you are freezing up in Chicago right now.

Suze said...

Mark your calendars for the 23rd! :) Coolness.

Happy New Year, Nix.

Caryn Caldwell said...

Happy 2015, and good luck with your new/continuing goals! I know what you mean about being insecure when looking at all those goals and wondering how/if it will ever happen. You can do it!!!!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congrats on the upcoming book, Nicki!
Sounds awesome. I love the title...

Tammy Theriault said...

peel that bad boy back and let us peek!!! :)

Theresa Milstein said...

Can't wait to see your cover. Congrats!

Tyrean Martinson said...


Congrats on your new book! And, best wishes with your writing and life in 2015!

Kittie Howard said...

Congrats on your new book! I'm excited for you!