Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Control Issues – #IWSG


The awesome co-hosts for the May 7 posting of the IWSG will be Mark Koopmans, Joylene Nowell Butler, Elsie, and Lisa Buie-Collard! Make sure to visit them and say hello!

I have control issues. It’s the only way to explain why I freak out when things don’t go according to plan. It’s the reason I have been a pest to the people I’ve entrusted with certain parts of this production/marketing process for my novel. It’s the reason that I have to count to ten and take deep breaths before dealing with things that don’t happen or are cancelled.

I understand now why I am an indie author, because God knew I couldn’t handled turning my stuff over with no say in how it turns out in the end. I don’t care how much of an advance … ok, that’s not exactly true.

Anyway, I just wanted to reveal my control issues to the world, so people will be aware of why I react the way I do when things go wrong.  I am working on it, but if anyone has any tips on how to control (haha) my control issues, I would truly appreciate it.

Do you have control issues? How do you deal with them in this unpredictable and out of control world we live in? 

B – By the Numbers and IWSG

Another New Life – By the Numbers

  • 70,021 words – you’ll read it in one sitting. 
  • 2 first kisses – interesting twist. 
  • 35 chapters – It sounds like a lot when you say it like that. 
  • 5 sex scenes – very tasteful, I promise. 
  • 18, the age of the main female character – She’s a mature 18. 
  • 3, the number of movies referenced in ANL – They work there way in there, I can’t help it. 
  • 5, number of football plays described in the game – I’m a football fan, but the scenes are relevant to the story.
  • 30, the number of days it took to writer the first draft – Huge shout out to the greatness that is JuNoWriMo – Sign Up for 2014 is open. 
  • 12, the number of guys the roommate hooks – you will meet her on Thursday. 
  • ?, number of times you will laugh and cry – You tell me after you read it.

In a few weeks, the sales numbers will be the only numbers I will be consumed with concerned about. 🙂

Are you obsessed concerned with numbers: # of followers, # of comments, # of book sales?

InsecureWritersSupportGroupI have tons of insecurities especially with putting the final touches on Another New Life, but I wanted to take this month’s post to thank everyone of you who have supported me during this process. Your support means more to me then you will ever know.

 What are your insecurities this month? If you’re not a member of IWSG, you are missing out. They are a great support group for writers at all stages of a writer’s life. 

Have a great month and make sure you visit some or all of the other bloggers on the A to Z Challenge.

One more thing, ok actual three more things, this indie author needs your help:

If you want to sign up for my cover reveal on April 10th, please sign up, here!

If you want an ARC in exchange for an honest review, please sign up, here!

Please add Another New Life to your Goodreads list.



Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Bliss


The awesome co-hosts for the March 5 posting of the IWSG are Tina Downey, Elsie, Elizabeth Seckman, and Julie Flanders!

Special shout out to my friend and yours, Alex J. Cavanaugh because IWSG wouldn’t not exist without him. Thank you, Captain!

I have been organizing, planning and practically nesting in anticipation of the birth of my debut novel (May 1st in case you want to mark it on your calendar). Every day, I am completing some new task that puts me one step closer and I have been in pre-publication bliss for a few days now, but . . .

I keep waiting for the ball to drop, for the s–t to hit the fan, for the bubble to bust. I want something bad to happen now while I still have time to fix it.

What were your biggest fears as you got closer to your due/publication date? 

Insecure Writer’s Support Group


This month’s co-hosts are Sheena-kay Graham, Julie Musil, Jamie Ayres, and Mike Swift. Please be sure to thank them for their time and effort to make all IWSG members feel welcome. 

Let me set the scene. It’s 5:30 pm and I’ve finished my day job. In front of me, I have following task:

  • Quick read through and edit of a couple of chapters to send to my critique partners.
  • Revisions on two chapters to stick to my goal of finishing edits on this WIP by mid-Feb.
  • Write the first paragraph to a new MS for my Creative Workshop.

Which ‘free flowing, creative and something out of nothing’ task filled my heart with bliss.
Which ‘nit picky, mind numbing, never know if I’m doing it right’ task filled my brain with resentment.

Really, why can’t I get paid to create first drafts.

Because that’s ridiculous, but it makes me wonder, does anyone enjoy the editing process? If so, how did you get to that point?

Insecure Writer’s Support Group – Confused


I am so confused, I don’t really know my next step.  Thank you in advance for your advice. It is appreciated more then you know.

I don’t mean to sound so desperate, but just when I thought I had my insecurities in check, another annoying one pops up and takes over my brain.

I received feedback from five Beta’s on my current MS. Three of them are writers, one is a friend in my reader’s demographic and the other is someone who the person helping me publish my book sent it to.

While I know my book needs some work and isn’t close to publication, the feedback from the first four people have been constructive and positive, and they loved the story. But, the last person. Wow, well, my thick skin is being tested.

Basically she/he said it was 100 pages to long and not serious enough and basically she didn’t like it. Or maybe she did, I don’t know. I can’t tell. Her comments were completely different than the other four.  She hated things about my MC that other reader’s liked. Her impression of the book was so far on the other end of the spectrum form the other four.

Now, I know what your going to say. Why am I giving so much credence to the one? I don’t know. She had some valid point’s too, but so much of what she said was complete new to me and I am not sure how to proceed.

That’s why I am confused.  What would you do? 

Thanks to the awesome co-hosts for the January 8 posting of the IWSG Bob Milne, River Fairchild, Julie Dao, and Sarah Foster! Take some time and visit other IWSG members. In my experience, we all share some the same insecurities. You may help someone or find a way to cope yourself.

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