Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IWSG - Bury the Hatchet



I was struggling to come up with a topic for this month's Insecure Writers Support Group until E.J. Wesley announced his Bury the Hatchet blogfest. Woohoo! Now I can offer a little encouragement and segue into EJ's announcement all in one post. :)

In the spirit of EJ's blogfest, I'm going to 'bury the hatchet' in the insecurities that plague every one of us writers—the ever-invading thoughts that keep us from reaching our potential.  

Your writing's not good enough, they whisper. You're deluding yourself. 



You'll probably spend years querying and never get published. Of course, you could go indie, but you'll be sorry. You know what they say...

Hogwash.
 (No, not Hogwarts. HOGWASH! :P)

Indie or not, new authors publish good books all the time. 


Would you writers, especially you indie folks, like a real life example?

Check this out... 


On September 21st, author E.J. Wesley launched his latest title, BLOOD FUGUE, and wants you to help him celebrate! Check out his blog, The Open Vein, for details on how to take part—and how to enter for a chance to win some sweet prizes!


What's BLOOD FUGUE about?

Armed only with an ancient family journal, her rifle, and an Apache tomahawk, Jenny must save her grandfather’s life and embrace her dangerous heritage. Or be devoured by it. Blood Fugue, by E.J. Wesley, is the first of the Moonsongs books, a series of paranormal-action novelettes.




BLOOD FUGUE is available now via Smashwords, Amazon
Barnes & Noble, and most other eBook retailers. 
Check out the author on Goodreads!


I read Blood Fugue and enjoyed it. And that's saying something, because I'm a picky reader and it's not my usual literary fare. (Kudos, E.J.)  Even if you decide not to take part in the blogfest or giveaway, consider downloading a copy to show your support. The writing's good and the cost is only 99c.  :)

 

29 comments:

  1. I put the book on my to-reads! I'm interested in seeing how it all flows together! Awesome

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    1. Great!

      Yeah. E.J. had better get busy and get book 2 published. I'm ready to see what happens next. :)

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  2. Hogwash is right, we all have something to say and the right to say it. We all think we are not good enough and we all think people are laughing behind our back. In fact, it is a wonder anything gets published at all with all these insecurities running around. Haha. The only one who can determine if you are good enough is you. The rest don't matter.

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    1. That's why I love IWSG. We all can get real about how we feel and give each other some encouragement.

      Thanks for visiting, Sydney. :)

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  3. 'New authors publish good books all the time.' Take that Inner Critic!
    Thanks for the reminder, and showing us proof. 'Blood Fugue' sounds awesome!

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  4. Melissa, as you know from my own blog posts, I too would like to take a whack at my insecurities from time-to-time. :-)

    It's seriously an honor (and just dang cool) to be included in an ISWG post. Easily the best thing Alex has come up with, and that's saying something, because that guy is FULL of great ideas.

    Anyway, thank you so much for helping me get the word about Blood Fugue, and for participating in the blogfest. You're truly the best.

    EJ

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    1. Thank you. I was happy to do it. :)

      Your writing is good, E.j. Don't listen to anyone who tells you different.

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  5. There's a lot of positive energy coming from this month's IWSG. I like it!

    I think I might have split personality disorder (among other things) because there are days when I'm very gung-ho about writing and proud of what I've done so far and optimistic about what I can accomplish in the future. And then I get stuck in a rut, struggle with a chapter, and suddenly I'm worthless and delusional and wasting my time on this garbage story no one will ever read.

    Does that ever happen to you? Lol...I hope not!

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    1. Oh, absolutely. It depends on which hormone is driving the mood swing. LOL

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  6. I've got Blood Fugue on my TBR list too. Next month I'm going to scrounge around some money and get a few indie books, right now they seem more appealing to me than anything else out there. Awesome post Melissa. (:

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    1. My credit union just added an online banking feature where I can select certain transactions and it will add them up. You don't want to know what my Amazon Kindle total was. 8O

      Go indie! :D

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  7. Hooray for EJ! Blood Fugue is on my TBR list. :)

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  8. I sometimes think to myself that I can't reach to my full potential and write REALLY well. I never give up, really and see what time brings me. I'll reach to my full potential at some point in my life. I just gotta wait and see :)

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    1. It's a process, that's for sure. :)

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  9. SO AWESOME.

    Such a great post, Melissa. And anything featuring EJ is bound to rock. :D

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  10. yay to burying the hatchet on all those silly whispers us writers hear every day.

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  11. Hogwash! I'm ignoring those whispering voices & ploughing ahead with indie publishing anyway. That'll teach 'em! ;-)

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  12. It's always *great* to see a fellow Bluddy announce a new book and I'm delighted for E.J. :)

    Thanks for sharing, Melissa, and we'll all be here when *your* book hits the shelves or the Kindles :)

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    1. Thanks, Mark.
      (I'm holding you to that. LOL :P)

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  13. Wow, thanks for the positive IWSG post!! I've got to work on coaching my inner-self. "Ugly thoughts and whispers are hogwash!" Maybe I should make this an affirmation. :)

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  14. No matter what route you go in publishing, those voices will whisper, for sure.

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  15. @Candilynn - yes, you should. We all should.

    @Barbara - so true. Thanks for visiting. :)

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  16. Ha! Nice merging of themes! I popped over because I finally posted my Bury the Hatchet entry, so I am following through to the others. YES! Make those insecurities go away!!!

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    1. Thanks, Hart. Glad you stopped by. :)

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