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!

July 1 question – There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade? 

The awesome co-hosts for the July 1 posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

What comes to mind when I read the question above for this month’s IWSG post is the changes associated with the mindset about indie publishing and traditional. I had a writing conversation about what is next for me yesterday. I am participating in a 4 month writing program starting at the end of August. My outcome is to be a much better writer by the time December gets here. One of my goals for 2020 is to finally get my e-book onto Amazon. I had mentioned yesterday to put it off until after the workshop is over. Learning how to do it now would still be valuable however.

Several years ago the idea of publishing my own book of short stories would have not been possible – at least not as easily as it is now. I publish on Medium and here on this blog, but it isn’t the same.

There is still magic and status in my mind that comes along with traditional publishing. If a publisher came to me about any of my writing I wouldn’t tell them no. There is still validation in someone saying they see you and want to spread the joy of your writing.

There is no telling what reading and writing will look like in the next 10 years. I am sure the technology will make it even easier. With so many people at home now due to the new sheltering protocols I bet it will move even faster.

What changes do you anticipate?

4 thoughts on “IWSG July

  1. You make some very interesting points here. I posted something similar about the respective status of indie and traditional publishing. Who knows where we’ll be in 10 years? There will definitely have been an uptick in ebook downloads during this crisis and I hope people are more willing to give something different a go. I mean look at Netflix, it’s making its own respected programming, and I’m not sure that could have been predicted a few years ago. I do think indie books need to be professionally edited and presented so they can stand head and shoulders with “big 5” books. That will always be important.

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  2. I think self-publishing is much more accepted these days, but there is a divide among authors. On one side, they criticize anyone who choose to traditionally publish. On the other side, they do the same for those who self-publish. It needs to stop. All paths to publication are valid.

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  3. I agree with your statement that “There is still magic and status in my mind that comes along with traditional publishing.” It’s why I have been trying so hard, for a year and a half now, to go that route. But, since it has proven unsuccessful, I’m trying to not see that period as a waste of time. Luckily, there is the option of self-publishing. Maybe at the end, this would have been the better path? Time will tell. And, time will also tell which changes in the industry lie ahead… Exciting??

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