Happy Insecure Writers Support Group Day. IWSG is the brainchild of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh.
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! Thanks, Alex, for starting this group and keeping it going.
Like most months, this past month has been one of highs and lows.
- 3 local book events--sold more books than at any other event
- print version of NUMBERS NEVER LIE is now for sale
- wrote 1k-word flash fiction for WEP (fun!)
- got the rights back for ONE RED SHOE
- celebrated grand-nephew's 1st birthday on Labor Day (so much fun)
- flooded basement--sump pump quit while we were away over the weekend to the 1st birthday celebration
- purging papers and other things that got wet (maybe purging isn't that bad)
- ripping up 4-yr-old carpet (groan)
- restoration costs--$$$
- wrote 17,000 words on THE SPY, An Outer Rim Novel
- the Highs outnumbering the Lows
September's optional question - What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?
I've been published by two small presses and self-published. I choose self-publishing. I like the control. Yes, it costs money upfront (professional editing and cover design), but I control the cover, the price, and the distribution. I can do sales when I want. With the small presses, I did 99% of the advertising. As an indie, I do all the promotion. From my second publisher, I received 35% of the price of the digital copies and 7% of the print. I'd rather receive 65-70% (digital) and 40% (print). Distribution to bookstores is limited for both small presses and self-publishing. By doing the legwork, I'm getting my self-published books into more libraries and brick-and-mortar bookstores.
Would I earn more money with a big press? Absolutely. With the small presses, no. This is my career. I love to write, but my goal has always been to earn money. With self-publishing, I am achieving that.
Check out the new anthology contest:
The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest
Word count: 3500-6000
Genre: Young Adult Romance
A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.
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