Wednesday, September 5, 2018

#IWSG -- The Publishing Path

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 - and return comments. This group is all about connecting! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! If it links to Google+, be sure your blog is listed there. Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Remember, the question is optional!

September 5 question - What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

The awesome co-hosts for the September 5 posting of the IWSG are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!

My Publishing Path

Self-publishing through CreateSpace was a natural choice for my first two books, No Room for Hondo and Magic Ear Kids. Both books appeal to very small niches (Hondo: women with young children or women with a vague memory of having young children/Magic Ear: parents of kids with hearing loss) and I did not get widespread interest from publishers from the handful of queries/none queries sent out.

With a very low achieving goal of having a non-zero amount of people read either work, self-publishing offered a quick(er) way of getting my words out into the world. And now they're out there. Job done.

There remains the little matter of book number three. Tentatively titled, More Than a Bad Teacher, the work in progress is a lighthearted bit of women's fiction that chronicles a rough year in the life of a deplorable seventh-grade language arts teacher. With stories ripped from the daily debriefings of my middle schooler, I imagine it will turn out to be a quick fun read that will make you glad that you don't have anything to do with middle school.

Queries will be sent out for the bad teacher book. Perhaps Twitter pitches too. But if those efforts fail, I'll self-publish again. Maybe this time I've even found a slightly larger niche: people that love remembering the horrors of seventh grade.