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.
Have 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.
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:CassaFire, CassaStar 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.