The Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is the wonderful idea of Alex J. Cavanaugh.
The purpose of the group is to share doubts and insecurities and to encourage one another. Please visit the other participants and share your support. Sometimes all it takes is one kind word to boost someone’s confidence.
In June I joined this group for the first time. I had every intention of posting in July, however my internet was down. For weeks. I’m back for August. I can’t believe today is the first Wednesday in August.
So what’s my insecurity this month? There are so many, but I’ll write about the big one. In September I’m launching my third novel, Confessions From A Coffee Shop. Each launch gets a tad bit easier since I kinda know what I’m doing (not really, but I feel better writing that). It’s not just the wondering if people will want to read it and then wondering if they’ll like it.
It’s all the prep work, including asking for help. I’m putting together a book tour starting September 9th through the 30th. I always feel awkward writing emails asking bloggers to host an interview, guest post, excerpt, review, or a book spotlight. Most bloggers always jump in and are enthusiastic and that makes it easier, but I still feel awkward. I don’t know why, since when I receive an email asking for help I’m always excited and honored to be included. Authors are a friendly and supportive lot.
However, I was always the shyest one in my class. The one who refused to raise my hand to ask for help. And as an adult I still slip into that category. I’m working on that shyness and being a writer has forced me out into the open on many occassions. If I want people to read my novels I have to publish them. It’s never easy to hit the publish button. Each time my hand shakes a little. But I do it.
And I’m learning to ask for help with promotion. It still feels weird, but maybe by my tenth launch it won’t. That might be overly optimistic. Only time will tell.