Mama Diaries

Monday, August 6, 2018

Insecure Writers Support Group


I have been blogging for eight years, and only now have finally signed up for the IWSG blog hop. Can you believe it? And of course, my first post is late. For some odd reason, I didn't get the question emailed to me. But that's okay. Better late than never!

The question this month is:   What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Well, pitfall number one is not having a well-edited manuscript. I've reviewed a lot of books. It's always frustrating to see one riddled with grammar and typo errors. Take the time and spend the money to have it professionally edited.

Pitfall number two is going into the publishing industry blindly. Take the time to learn about the different publishing choices and ways to market your book. It'll be a whole lot easier if you do.

Pitfall number three: Giving up. When you are faced with a lot of rejections, it's easy to quit. But don't. If you love writing, keep doing it. You'll improve, and maybe someday you'll even see your work in print. 

Speaking of work in print, my newest book, Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China, will be released on September 4, 2018! To help get the word out, I'm having a "Where in the World?" blog hop.


When:  September 4 -7, 2018 (Post any day during that time period.)

Where:  Your blog

Prompt:  If you could go through the Earth and end up in another country, where would you go?

Info:  All posts will have cover art, blurb, and buy information for Bubba and Squirt's Big Dig to China which I will email to participants during the last week of August.

This is my very first blog hop. I hope you'll participate! The sign up is below. Thanks in advance to everyone who signs up!


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28 comments:

  1. A little late is all right! Look for the question in either the newsletter or on the main site on the sign up page.
    Ready for a blog hop and the release of your book!

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    1. Thanks for the tip! I wasn't sure how that worked.
      And thanks for helping with the Linky sign up and also for signing up!

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  2. Better late than never :)

    Good luck with the release. Good tips.

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  3. Welcome to the IWSG! Great tips. I've started listening to mine and found two missing words in the first chapter that my eyes completely glazed over. Definitely will need to invest in strong editing when the time comes.

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    1. It's easy to miss things, especially if you're so familiar with the story. Your brain fills in stuff that's missing or corrects things that aren't actually correct.

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  4. So much great advice! Very cool to see you doing IWSG. I'm sometimes tempted to join, as well, but am always afraid I'd stick out like a sore thumb, as a comic writer.

    And how exciting that your latest book is almost here, and that you're doing a blog hop for it, too! Will definitely be signing up. :)

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    1. Thanks, Heather. I appreciate that you've signed up! I don't know what took me so long to sign up for the blog hop for IWSG. I've been a member on Facebook a long time. I don't think you'd stick out like a sore thumb. You're a writer just like the rest of us.

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  5. It's a great group Sherry,Good luck with your latest book.

    Yvonne.

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  6. Awesome advice. All the best with your latest book!

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  7. Hi, Sherry!

    You offered valuable tips here. People who do not bother to have their manuscripts professionally edited are the ones who need it most. If you are already doing something you love, such as writing, keep doing it, if for no other reason than the joy and satisfaction it brings.

    Best wishes for the success of your new book, dear friend Sherry!

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  8. Oh I so agree with you on the professional editing.

    Alas way during your tour but would love to participate at a later date. I'll send you a message via FB in a day or two if that's OK.

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    1. I'll be doing a bigger tour for the month of October. If you're able to, I'd be delighted to have you join!

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  9. Happy hopping and book release too!

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  10. Just a smidgen late lol and yeah, can't give up indeed.

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    1. That's the thing. You just have to keep going.

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  11. It took me about two years of watching the group to finally join. Of course, that was a long time ago. Never regretted it.

    Awesome advice, and no worries about being late. I write my posts a month ahead, and I'm late getting around to visit everyone this month. But hey, as long as we get there, that's what matters.

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    1. Yep. I think IWSG is an incredibly supportive group of writers. I'm glad I'm doing the blog hop part of it now.

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  12. Great advice Sherry!!! All the best on your book release! I know it will be a success! Big Hugs!

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    1. I hope you're right. I'm very excited about this one. I've waited a long time to see it in print.

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  13. All the best with your new book! And awesome advice!

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  14. So excited for the upcoming release of your new book. It will be fun sharing our review and interview on our blog.

    Great advice! :)
    ~Jess

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    1. I'm looking forward to being a guest on your blog!

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