Wednesday, January 4, 2012
Insecure Writers Unite!
Morning all and welcome to the January edition of the Insecure Writer's Support Group (brought to you by Alex J. Cavanaugh). I have a lot to ramble— I mean talk about today so let's just jump right into it, shall we?
Only, where do I begin?
Well, let's start with my physical face-to-face writers group. There's approximately one such group in my area (if there are others, you are hiding yourselves extremely well) and I've been a member of it for the last seven or eight months. And every month until last night's meeting, it's been me and my publishing aspirations in a room with a group of five or six older ladies mostly looking to write their memoirs. And talk about quilting. Still, it was fun and I always left each meeting feeling energized and enthusiastic about writing (quilting not so much. I am a true Undomestic Goddess after all). This, as I'm sure you'll agree, is awesome.
Then last night's meeting happened. Our membership doubled all of a sudden and among the newbies were a pair of insufferable egomaniacs (this coming from me, mind you) who sucked up all the time and all the oxygen. Apparently they are both the world's foremost experts on everything so I suppose I should be fortunate they have hijacked my sweet little writing/quilting group but I'm not. I'm a little sad. And by 'a little', I mean 'a lot'. I came home from the meeting irritated and drained and ranting (which delighted The Man to no end, I'll tell you) because absolutely nothing got done and the only person who got to share any writing with the group was one of the egomaniacs.
Things took an interesting turn when, during a discussion about critiquing each others' work (critiquing? In a writers group? That's craaaazy!), that same egomaniac said he was not going to critique other writers' work because he wasn't going to submit his own to be critiqued. So I'm not really sure what he's looking to get out a writers group except a captive audience onto which he can pontificate about how awesome both he and his books are (almost an exact quote. True story.). And that irritates me. You know, in case I wasn't clear about that.
But I'm going stick with the group. At least for another month. Maybe two. Because it has been fun and, with a little more structure, it could be so again. We've been spoiled before now and could get away with a very lax structure but that's not going to happen anymore. So I guess we'll see. As awful as it sounds, if things don't calm down, I'll just have to secede from the group and start my own. Or maybe just stick with the online version.
Because life is too short to be irritated and drained. I have big goals (note: we're now transitioning into my next topic) this year and I don't have the time nor the energy to waste upon it.
As some of you may know from my 2012 goal post (goal post... hehehe), I have set the potentially very bold goal of publishing my fantasy WIP, Effigy some time this year (provided I can get out of my own way). My initial target date has been set for sometime between April and June. I know that's crazy specific but that's just how I roll.
I'm doing it on my own. I don't know if this is a smart decision but it's the one I think is right for me. I like the idea of having control over every aspect of this project because, above all, I want to be happy with the final product. I mean, if anyone else out there ends up liking it too, that would be super sweet but even if the only copy that ever gets sold is the one that sits on my personal bookshelf, it better be one I'm head over heels in love with.
So I'm in the hunt for all those things a self publishing author needs. I've been reading books and articles. The Man has been doing the same (he's been wonderfully supportive). I have a couple of new betas— people who took pity on me after my last sob story— by the way, I just have to say that you all are wonderful bunch of people and this is a fantastic community. I was supremely touched by all the kind comments and offers I received last month— waiting patiently for me to send them some chapters. I have a copy editor in mind. I have a book cover idea; I just need an artist to make it look like a book cover and not an elementary school art project done by the kid who ate too much paste. I probably have other things too. I just can't think of them at this time...
But, in addition to all that, I'm curious about others' experiences. So, if you're a self pubbed author with a tale to tell, please tell it to me. Good, bad or in between, I'm curious about it all. You can leave me a comment below. You can email me direct (firstname.lastname@example.org). Whatever you'd care to do.
Oh, and one last thing before I sign off for the day...
Susan Gourley has a new book out called Beyond The Gate. I wanted to post a picture of the book cover here but I apparently am doing something wrong. Anyway, her name's a link to her site so you can hop on over and see it for yourself. And you should. It's available on Kindle through Amazon and I believe it's also up on Smashwords (or will be soon). It's the second installment in her fantasy series (The Keepers of Sulbreth is the first and is also available as an eBook). I'm reading it right now. Be sure to check them out...
See y'all on the flip. I'm outta here...