It’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means it’s time for another installment of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) started by Alex J. Cavanaugh. For those who don’t remember, the purpose of this group is for members to share their fears and to offer encouragement to those who are struggling. It’s a wonderful group of people who understand what it’s like to be an author. The co-hosts this month are Kristin Smith, Elsie, Suzanne Furness, and Fundy Blue! Click here to join.
This month marks the one year anniversary of the IWSG site and the Facebook group. To celebrate Alex has something special up his sleeve. He’s asked members of IWSG to contribute to The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. For more details please visit the IWSG site.
I wanted to contribute to the guide but two things prevented me from doing so. The first was time. I’m in the midst of editing two books. One I hope to publish in December and the second in January or February. Editing is a difficult process for me. I enjoy everything I learn each and every time and I hope it helps me improve the next book. However, my highs and lows go berserk. I swear I can feel five different emotions in the span of minutes and that’s a bit draining.
The second reason I didn’t contribute is I felt uncomfortable doing so. I’m such a newbie to this whole process and every time I tried to think of something to share I drew a blank. When people ask me for advice, usually through email thank goodness so they can’t see the shocked look on my face, my first thought is, “Why are you asking me? I don’t have a clue!” Once I get over the initial shock I do my best to answer the question and normally I can come up with at least something. Or I can direct them to someone who can. That makes me feel a little better. I do wonder, though, if I’ll ever feel comfortable sharing advice. Not sure how I can work on that. Any advice? Do others feel this way?
Don’t forget to check out the other posts and to keep an eye out for The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. I can’t wait to read it.