Wednesday, May 5, 2021

#IWSG: Writer update and reader reactions

It's the first Wednesday of the month--time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Read all about it here. I missed last month because I was rafting the Grand Canyon, so I have a large collection of writerly insecurities to share this time!

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer's Support Group day. Members post on our blogs, discussing our doubts and fears, struggles and triumphs. We visit each other and offer a word of encouragement for those who are struggling, or cheer for those with a success to celebrate. 


Today's the day--Let's rock the neurotic writing world! 


The awesome co-hosts for the May 5 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!

We also have an optional monthly question, and we'll get to that later. First, the writer report.

I'm happy to report that I managed one submission--and one rejection--in April(well, March/April). I'm trying not to lose confidence in the story, after only 3 rejections, but it's hard not to start second-guessing myself.

More to the point, with Release Day for Death By Donut coming up fast, I have managed to finish the ebook MSS and am working on the print versions. I also wrote three guest posts and three interviews for the blog tour, which starts May 16 (release day). I'm pretty pleased with my progress, since I arrived home from my trip April 22, and had fairly major surgery on the 28th, which hasn't left a lot of time for writing work. I'm recovering well, and sitting at the computer is fast becoming comfortable enough to accomplish something, so I'm starting to have expectations again. 

My hope for May is simply to get the book out, do a reasonable level of promotion, and keep sending my story out. Oh, and I really need to do some work on my blog. In fact, one bit of that work has been done--since Feedburner is shutting down, I have set up a new email feed for people who want to follow the blog. If you've been following by email, please sign up again--you will stop getting notices from Feedburner soon!

The optional IWSG question:
Has any of your readers ever responded to your writing in a way you didn't expect? If so, did it surprise you?

I think I'll just say that my insecure little self is surprised a bit every time someone responds with enthusiasm, even though that's the reaction I want and hope for! How about you?  

 

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14 comments:

  1. Congrats on all you've accomplished, especially with your surgery. That's awesome that you are all set up for your blog tour too. I'd be glad to shout out about your release in follower news. Email me at natalieiaguirre7@gmail.com if you're interested.

    I have to change my email for my blog too. Which one did you decide on?

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    1. Thanks! I'll send you an email. I did some research and ended up using Followit.com, as it seemed the best free option.

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  2. Wow. You've had an eventful past few weeks. Make sure to take care of yourself so your recovery goes smoothly.

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    1. Doing my best in the self-care arena! It's not totally easy, but I'm trying to follow the rules and not do too much

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  3. There may or may not be a squeal of joy when I read each good comment. Ok there is. Keep going!

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    1. :D Yeah, I am made very happy by nice comments on my work.

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  4. Sounds like the surgery went well, hope recovery continues smoothly as well. You've been busy! Maybe take it easy, huh? Surgery is a pretty good excuse.

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    1. Taking it easy isn't one of my strong points, but at least I'm under orders to walk as much as I can, so that fits my desires.

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  5. I hope the surgery recovery is still going well. How difficult!

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    1. Going well, and it does encourage sitting at the computer and working on the book/photos, so it's not all bad!

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    2. Well that's nice! Most of my 'issues' (not yet to surgery) are just the opposite!

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  6. I hope your recovery continues to go smoothly. Like you, I'm always surprised when someone likes my work. I'm always waiting for the shoe to drop, so to speak.

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    1. Yes! Having someone genuinely excited about my books just makes me glow for days :)

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  7. You are making nice progress. Keep it up. :)

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