#IWSG – Our 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!
Let’s rock the neurotic writing world! Our Twitter hashtag is #IWSG. The awesome co-hosts for the the June 3 posting of the IWSG will be M. Pax, Tracy Jo,Patricia Lynne, Rachna Chhabria, Feather Stone, and Randi Lee!
Yahoo, I’m co-hosting IWSG today.
OMG, Was I wrong.
Almost four years ago I tentatively created my first facebook page. I was flying solo in setting up accounts and creating my profile. By that I mean that I didn’t have the benefit of access to a teenager who could help me navigate the murky world of cyberspace. I’m used to face to face connections. Prefer it, and truthfully, still do. Those muscle twitches, side-way glances, shifting feet speak volumes if someone is listening and caring – or not.
When my novel was published, it was time to step up the level of connecting with readers and writers. I thought I was going to throw up. I’m not exaggerating. Social media platforms? OMG, where can I hide? Then I met Angela Ackerman of Writers Helping Writers at When Words Collide convention.
Angela told me that to optimize books sales, author’s needed to make ‘meaningful connections’ with readers. On cyberspace? Are you crazy? I’m of that generation that holds back, always on guard to maintain privacy. And, what about identity theft? I’m finally getting over that paranoia. Better late than never.
Nicki Elson at Omnific Publishing is an amazing woman. Her warmth and professional attitude showed me that it is possible to make long distant friendships and benefit from their experience and wisdom. Over the past three years, many of the Omnific authors have participated as a group in marketing our novels, and lean on each other for support. The fact is, I don’t know if I could have reached my current level of success without them, and others.
More recently, I met Gary Nilsen – editor extraordinaire! If you’re looking for an author to help you polish your manuscript, I highly recommend Gary. He’s honest, but not brutal (I’ve suffered the cruelty of one editor). He has an eye for inconsistencies, weakness in character development, and plot dynamics which will cause a reader to give the book a toss across the room. What I especially valued in Gary, was that when he sent back my critiqued chapters, he remained available to discuss alternatives to the problem spots. Connect with Gary at: http://www.garynilsen.com/
Another group which has helped me immensely is the Insure Writers Support Group. Thanks to Alex Cavanaugh (author of the Amazon Best Selling Cassa series), the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, my circle of friends has grown. There is just one teensy problem. It’s difficult to find enough time to visit everyone’s post.
Now, isn’t that just too weird. I’ve gone from avoiding meaningful connections, to not having enough time to visit and chat with all my connections.
There are many dozen great authors and bloggers participating with IWSG. Give everyone a visit and say hello. You may just have the advice someone is looking for. Remember to share what you enjoyed on twitter, facebook, etc.
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