#IWSG and TBM’s Giveaway


Today is the first Wednesday of January, which means it’s IWSG time. This month’s co-hosts are the wonderful and talented L.G. Keltner, Denise Covey, Sheri Larsen, J.Q. Rose, Chemist Ken, and Michelle Wallace.

Don’t be shy, stop by and say hello to the co-hosts and participants.

IWSG is a group for writers to meet once a month and share their insecurities. It’s amazing how one kind word from a fellow blogger and author can help me see the positives and to focus on them and not dwell too much on the negatives.

2015 was a good year. I published three novels, grew my mailing list, and had several successful promotions.

My worry for 2016 is how to keep the momentum going. The publishing world is evolving at warp speed. What worked last year, may not work this year. Heck, what worked last week may not work this week. Sometimes I feel as if I’m catching the next publishing wave just as it’s crashing. Keeping up with all the changes is daunting and I try not to beat my head against the wall. Not too much, at least. Sometimes one good whack is needed.

I keep telling myself to stay the course, which means keep writing. Continue promotions. And keep my fingers crossed. That’s all I can really do. Time will tell if it’s enough.

What’s your insecurity this month?



TBMs giveaway 2

Welcome to the first giveaway of 2016! I’m very excited and honored to host five fabulous authors this month. One lucky winner will receive five e-books. Entering the giveaway is easy. Just click here.

Here are the wonderful books:

Jan Covers

For more details check out this page.


That’s all for today. Have a marvelous day! And in case you haven’t heard it enough yet, Happy New Year!

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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20 Responses to #IWSG and TBM’s Giveaway

  1. Pat Hatt says:

    It sure does seem to change every other week, such a pain in the arse. So just write and go with the flow.

  2. Nicola says:

    Keep up the great work TB and a very happy new year to you!!! Wishing you continued success throughout the year and hope the changes in the world are advantageous 🙂

  3. No kidding it changes fast when it comes to marketing. Just don’t let the pressure get to you!

  4. You did have a great year! That’s awesome. I hope 2016 will be even more successful. You can do it!

  5. ChrysFey says:

    I think keep writing, promoting, and crossing our fingers are the only things we can do.

    Good luck with everything! May we all stay afloat in the publishing world this year.

  6. Juneta says:

    Congratulation on your success and a great year. You made me think, I had a good point in that my email list grew by half this year. It still a small list, but it is growing. That’s a plus for me too. Means I did something right to see the increase. Best o luck and much success in 2016.

    Juneta @ Writer’s Gambit

  7. It’s definitely a challenge to keep up. I quit trying…for now. We all have season of publishing and lulls. I’ve been pretty impressed with you efforts and momentum the last year. Way to go!

  8. You had a great 2015. All we can do is keep writing and growing. Here’s to a fabulous 2016 for all of us! 🙂 Cheers.

  9. Now that I’m finding my way back into writing again, my main insecurity is my drive to want to write in multiple genres. I’m holding off on memoir, but have decided the two genres I am most drawn to writing are psychological fiction and contemporary romance. I’m not sure if I’ll go the traditional or indie route yet for any full-length books I write. Nor do I want to use a pen name for one genre and thus need two websites. I get really bogged down in thinking about that kind of stuff, which throws my word count for a loop. Ugh. I just need to write and not worry about that stuff for a year or two.

    • TBM says:

      It’s really easy to get bogged down with the details and spend more time worrying than writing. It’s easy for me to say, don’t worry too much, but we both know that’s so so so much easier said than done. I will say, best of luck. I’m cheering for you.

  10. tara tyler says:

    i know exactly what you mean! i can’t write my books fast enough! i wish the whole world would take a chill pill and enjoy the moment for a moment… ah well, we do what we can!
    happy 2016!

  11. patgarcia says:

    Hi and Happy New Year!
    I find it fabulous that you published three books in 2015. Great job.
    Even though you’re worried about your momentum, I believe it will take off again, once you decide which project you want to work on.
    I wish you all the best for 2016.

  12. Olivia says:

    Congratulation on your success and wishing you a great year.

  13. Congrats on 2015 being such a successful year for you! I can definitely see how the constantly-changing publishing world would be overwhelming, but hopefully 2016 will end up being just as productive for you regardless!

  14. I hope you have a fantastic year in publishing. I’m always wondering what’s next and how I’ll adapt.

  15. I don’t know that you have to feel pressured to release the same amount of books every year–just do what makes you happy! Writing, formatting, releasing, and promoting three books a year is a LOT. And you do a great job with all of it.


  16. My insecurities are many. This past week I mentioned I was worried about setting goals, only to fail at them. Even still, I realized some good comes out of missing a goal, sometimes. For instance, setting the goal again and making SURE you accomplish it. Which is exactly what I did this week. 🙂

  17. Don’t worry about your momentum. I’ll keep kicking you in the butt to keep you going :).

  18. cheriereich says:

    You had a great 2015. Promotions/marketing is the hardest part of publishing, but deep down, the key still seems to be to keep writing. Having new work to publish always seems to give things a boost.

  19. Now you’ve got me worried that there are a ton of rules I have missed (and am missing) in the publishing world! Staying motivated to write and work on multiple projects is definitely one of the hardest things.

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