Welcome to the monthly posting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group.
Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!
Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time.
Have you heard about the new industry buzzword – CROWDSOURCING.
Think ‘X Factor’ or ‘American Idol’ meets publishing?
Here's a quote from the article that I came across the other day: "The experiment reflects a new push by writers and publishers to build a fan base for books well before they are published — and sometimes before they are even written. By inverting the usual process of releasing a book first and finding an audience later, publishers are aiming to become more like the rest of the entertainment industry, where new TV shows and films are subjected to rigorous market testing before they are shown." The news article is entitled: PUBLISHERS TURN TO THE CROWD TO FIND THE NEXT BESTSELLER. It's a real eye-opener…
Just click the link to read the full article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/12/business/media/publishers-turn-to-the-crowd-to-find-the-next-best-seller.html?emc=edit_th_20140812&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=20735318
Last week, my post over at the IWSG website was all about Seeking Validation As A Writer. I asked questions such as: Who or what validates a writer? Who decides whether a writer has "made it" or when a writer has "made it"? Where does your sense of worth as a writer come from? There were so many interesting and insightful comments. I loved this response for its honest simplicity: "I've never called myself a writer. If I've said anything at all about it, it's just that I'm someone who 'likes to write'. I guess that could be called lack of confidence..but I don't write all day long, it's not how I make a living, (even though I wish it was!), and I've never been paid for it.
It's really difficult to make a living in any of the arts, and I think that's what a lot of us use as a guide…if you make a living at writing, acting, painting, dancing…whatever the art is, then you 'are' a writer, actor, painter, dancer, etc….
I don't know though…there is something to be said, I suppose, for the idea of just calling yourself a writer, saying it till you believe it and all that, but I'd rather spend that time writing something.
The world is filled with people who 'believe' that they are one thing or another, but when it comes down to it, they're really not good at whatever it is they think they are…I mean, I'm not knocking having self confidence, but it's also important to learn your craft, whatever it may be. Knowing you are actually good at something breeds it's own self confidence.
There are cases too, of people who are mediocre at best, at whatever their 'craft' is, and for whatever reason, they hit it big…they have all the confidence in the world, but they're still no good at what they do…but no one cares…people eat it up.
I guess this is the long way of saying, I really don't know the answers!
… and I've saved the best for last…
THE BIG ANNOUNCEMENT YOU'VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR!!
Today marks three years since the very first IWSG post. Next month marks one year since the IWSG site and Facebook group opened. And we’d like you to help us celebrate!
The IWSG Team is putting together an eBook that will benefit all writers – The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond. And we invite all IWSG members, Facebook members, and followers to contribute.
Here are the details:
The three topics will be writing, publishing, and marketing.
Each contribution needs to be between 200 and 1000 words. Focus on one of those three aspects and give us your best tip or procedure. The essay can include bullet points, top ten lists, and recommendations. (Websites, software, books, etc.)
You can either post it for your October 1 IWSG post or email it directly. TheIWSG@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (Since the length can go over the standard IWSG post length.) Include a one sentence byline and a link to your site. Also state that you give us permission to use it in the book and which topic it falls under. (We will only edit for misspellings and grammar mistakes.)
All submissions need to be sent or posted by October 2, 2014. We will compile them into an eBook and aim for an early December release. The book will be free and available for all eReaders.
Thank you for making the IWSG such a huge success!!
HAPPY ANNIVERSARY IWSG!