"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." - Walt Disney

Sunday, January 13, 2019


1) The #IWSGPit Twitter pitch is once a year now – and the next one is on January 15. Hundreds of agents and publishers will be checking the hashtag that day. For rules and a list of genre hashtags, visit the #IWSGPit page.

2) Here are the prompts for January over at the IWSG Instagram:

3) Congratulations again to the IWSG Anthology winners! I believe this publication will hit shelves in April 2019. Here are the stories and authors selected for the fourth anthology:

Oddly Suited by LG Keltner
Sea of Sorrows by AV Brown
Behind the Catcher’s Mask by Jennifer Lane
A Diver’s Ball by Angela Brown
Fearless Heart by Deborah Solice
The Dark Charade by CD Gallant-King
The Cog Prince by Elizabeth Mueller
Flower of Ronda by Myles Christensen
Remedy by Chelsea Ballard
Charleston Masquerade by Carrie-Anne Brownian 

What news do you have to share this month? Have you heard any good news lately?

Monday, January 7, 2019

Take What You Need

Last semester my high school students spent quite a bit of time discussing and writing about social issues and controversies. We debated the type of problems that influence a considerable number of individuals in a society in a potentially negative manner - anxiety, depression, suicide, cheating, equality, gender/race/ethnicity identity, substance abuse, education, etc. Their solution? A wall of positivity where students can grab uplifting quotes. This is ready for students who return tomorrow and can be refilled as needed.

The most common positive concepts the classes decided to address: love, faith, hope, peace, patience, kindness, confidence, happiness, self-control, and humility.

Which ones do you find yourself in need of addressing? What about the characters in your story? What are some of your go-to quotes when struggling?

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

IWSG: Questions

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs. You can also join us on twitter using the hashtag #IWSG, or on the Facebook page.

Now, IWSG hosts have changed up the format in an effort to make it more fun and interactive.Every month, they will announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Don’t forget to visit others that day to see their answers. Want to join, or learn more? Visit our - Sign-up List.

JANUARY QUESTION: What are your favorite and least favorite questions people ask you about your writing?

I loved your story, when can I expect the sequel?
What would your character do if...?
How did you become such a talented author?
Would you be willing to come read/speak with our group?

Have you published anything new this week? 
Why haven't you ever published a full length book? 
If I give you my idea, can you write my book for me? 
Aren't writers just professional liars?

What questions are your favorite and least favorite? What do you wish you knew about some of your favorite authors?

Happy New Year everyone, and congratulations to the IWSG anthology contest winners!