IWSG — Less Than A Month Away — Aaaaaaaah!

Today’s the day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) where, on the first Wednesday of every month, writers get together to share their insecurities and offer encouragement. The IWSG was created by Alex J. Cavanaugh, and you can learn all about it and sign up for it here. IWSG_Badge

We were asked to introduce ourselves today, so here goes. I’m a writer of fantasy adventure who lives in Vermont with my kids, two of the best teenagers ever. I’m working my way up the self-publishing mountain, and I’ve almost reached the summit, which makes me giddy — or maybe it’s just the thin air up here…

I’m planning an early February release date (my target date is the 3rd) for my fantasy adventure novel, Lady, Thy Name Is Trouble, providing I can accomplish the rest of what needs to be done by that time. All the usual first-time-author insecurities are plaguing me more than ever. Sometimes I feel like I’m sitting on an over-stuffed suitcase, trying to close it, while the monsters of insecurity are trying to force their way out. I know all aspiring authors go through this, and I just need to persevere. I’ve been waiting so long for this dream to become a reality. I’m not going to let my insecurities stop me from reaching my goal of becoming a published author.

On that note, if anyone would like to help by reading e-ARCs for reviews, posting about my book on the release date, hosting me on your site with an author interview or whatever format you like, and/or sharing the news of the book’s release in other ways — Facebook, Twitter, or whooping and shouting to the rooftops (sorry, that’s what I’ll be doing 🙂 ), I’d be super grateful! Just let me know either in the comments or through the contact form, and I’ll send you whatever materials you need.

Thanks so much to everyone who has supported me on this journey! I know 2015 is going to be awesome!

 

 

 

 

© Lori L. MacLaughlin and Writing, Reading, and the Pursuit of Dreams, 2015. All rights reserved.

40 thoughts on “IWSG — Less Than A Month Away — Aaaaaaaah!

  1. The weeks before a book release is a heady time. Try to push those insecurities back in the suitcase and enjoy this time. You’ll make mistakes (because you are human) but everything will work out.

    I would be happy to help promote your release. I will send you my contact info.

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  2. Hi! Nice to meet you 🙂 “All the usual first-time-author insecurities are plaguing me more than ever. Sometimes I feel like I’m sitting on an over-stuffed suitcase, trying to close it, while the monsters of insecurity are trying to force their way out.” I love this… it resonates with me a lot…
    Also, I’d love to read an e-arc for you, write some reviews, and do some sort of author interview on my site — one of my goals this year is to expand my blog a bit, include other voices (and do what I can to help promote other writers) and that would fit right into those goals. And, of course, I’d get the chance to read your story early 🙂

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  3. Congratulations on the book release. Wahoo!. I do hosting/ interviews etc on my website. Let me know, if there is anyway I can help. You can check out what others have done under featured authors on main menu. My contact is under about me. Congratulations, wishing much success and no stress. Proud for you.
    Juneta at Writer’s Gambit

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  4. Good luck with your release and welcome to the pre-publication anxiety club:)
    I would be happy to interview you. e-mail me your e-mail and I will get questions to you…doreenb8atverizon.net

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  5. Woot woot, Lori! You’re getting close!

    I can’t commit myself to an e-arc yet, as I’ve told myself I need to finish the other four books I’m reading before I take on another one. But if I finish them, before your release, I’ll hit you up.

    I’d be more than happy to do a shout-out or whatever post you’d like when the time comes.

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