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.
Have you been a victim of book piracy?
Like many authors who have completed a manuscript, I have forged ahead with the task of seeking an agent or publisher. Last year a publisher asked me to reduce the word count. I agonized over the prospect of another year rewriting Forbidden. However, I buckled down and reduced the manuscript by 30,000 words. And, in the end, it was worth the hard work. The story had more punch, clarity. I was so excited. When I resubmitted the manuscript, they replied indicating there were still some minor issues, all of which would easily be smoothed over during the editing process. I was devastated with their rejection.
Having gone through the publisher hunting process before, I again prepared myself for the journey. Waited for months for a reply to my carefully crafted query letters. Insulated myself against the influx of rejection letters. With each “Thank you, but no thank you.” letter I affirmed that if I persevere, I will find the right and perfect connection.
I’m not so certain I want to play this game anymore. Over the past couple of months, doubt has crept in. Perhaps Forbidden’s Islamic content may be overly uncomfortable for those who fear Muslims. Could the Middle East setting be too much of a business risk. I began to consider self-publishing. It felt like admitting defeat but getting Forbidden published has been a ‘take no prisoners’ goal. After all, beta readers and editors have been so enthusiastic about the manuscript, I was willing to give up on traditional publishing.
Yesterday I discovered my first book, The Guardian’s Wildchild, has been taken on pirate sites and given away, or sold to more people than I have sold via my first publisher over the past four years. Now, I’m not so certain I want to publish Forbidden at all. If readers knew the ten years I spent writing and money spent taking courses, how could they deny me the .99 cents to purchase an ebook of The Guardian’s Wildchild. How can I put Forbidden out there knowing it is going to be stolen. It’s not the loss of money that upsets me. It’s the blatant disrespect and meanness.
I’m not writing with the hope to make a lot of money or receive awards. I write because I have passion and wish to share something unique with the world. My heart and soul are in my books. For them to fall into the hands of criminals and greedy people feels like my best friend has been abducted by the scum of the earth. What is worse? There’s not a damn thing authors can do to stop this theft. Publishers don’t seem to have any ambition to stop piracy. Is self-publishing more risky for theft that traditional?