Insecure Writer’s Support Group – What Now?

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Insecure Writers Support GroupIt’s that time of the month again . . .

I am a late comer to the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, my first IWSG post was in October. November brought NaNoWriMo, allowing me to finally draft my first book. I am a bit of a NaNoRebel. My manuscript is a humorous look at traveling through Spain, based on our travels.

Winning NaNoWriMo alongside my 13 year old daughter was an amazing feeling.

Major edits are my next task. And with it all comes a heap of insecurity. I know the journey ahead is long, scary and filled with rejection. At this point, I don’t even know what comes after my edits. Do I look for an agent, publisher or editor? At what point do I have others read a draft?

Will I find beta-readers, proof readers, critique partners (and what’s the difference in those three terms)? Thankfully my funny friend and former  roommate, Joyce of Catch my Words already volunteered to be one of my first readers, as did one of my local friends. (volunteers welcome, a draft should be available in about 2-3 months).

I could go on, but why? I think you get the idea, and so do I. In case of a first time UN-published author, I seem to be . . . normal.

Insecure Writers Support Group ContestHave you see the new IWSG webpage?

I am pretty sure I will find most of my answers there. It is loaded with information on how to write, edit, find an agent, publisher, etc. I just need someone to put the tasks in order for me.

And now there is a contest to spread the word. Once you visit the IWSG  website or IWSG Facebook page you will want to share it with all your writer friends.


Am I alone on these insecurities, or normal? Do you still get insecure about posting on the Insecure Writer’s Support Group? (I do).

This post is submitted for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group, the brilliant idea from ninja captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. (Alex is the author of the exciting Cassa Series:CassaFireCassaStar and Cassastorm.) On the first Wednesday of the month members post about our insecurities, frustrations, or concerns. The idea is that others stop by to offer encouragement and advice. Thanks also to co-hosts are Julie Flanders, Heather Gardner, Kim Van Sickler, and Elsie is Writing.

About Rhonda Albom

When I met my hubby he was looking for a traveling companion. Together we have moved to New Zealand and visited over 42 countries, most with our now teenage girls. Things rarely go as planned, and generally we have an amusing tale to tell. That's what Laugh Quotes is about - the fun side of our adventures and our expat life.


  1. We’re really glad you joined us!
    After numerous edits, find some critique partners – other authors who could look over your manuscript. Then many edits more, maybe have them look at it again if there were a lot of changes. I also throw in test readers early, people who read my genre.

  2. I’m not a writer and it’s not a passion either. I love to read though and I love a good author. There are many out there that I grab their books up as soon as they become available.

    I wish you great success. :)

  3. Revise it many times and then look for some critique partners. They will help whip it into shape.

  4. It will be a long while before you need to worry about finding an agent or publisher. Editing will often take far longer than writing the first draft.

  5. It will be a while, editing is vile lol but must be done time and time again under your sun

  6. Critique partners can really help you polish a manuscript!

  7. After you revise it some, getting others to read it is your next big task. But just make sure they have no issues with hurting your feelings or giving it to you straight!

    Congrats on winning!!!

  8. M. J. Joachim says:

    Editing is a tough job, but you can do it! Persevere and don’t let fear get in your way!

  9. Good luck Rhonda I’m sure you will do a fine job with patience just a little heheh!

    Have a editastic day :-)

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