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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

IWSG

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The 1st Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer's Support Group. Thank you Alex. J. Cavenaugh. From his site: [IWSG is designed to] "share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!"

Today's post is mostly a thank you for last month. I was in a panic, afraid to ever query, to face all the rejection that comes with that long road, but your encouragement gave me the strength to push send. I've now been querying for almost three weeks and it's been okay. I've been rejected, gotten requests, heard nothing, and guess what? I'm okay. 

If I hadn't had wonderful encouragement from the IWSG community, I might still be afraid to send out that first query. Thank you for the cheerleading and the kindness that you sent my way. 

So if you're out there, and you've polished your MS and your query, but you're afraid to take that next step, go ahead and test the waters, and when you're ready, jump in head first.

20 comments:

  1. Glad to hear the IWSG was a help to you! :D Good luck with your queries!

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  2. Good for you, Robin! I'm seeing this topic a lot this morning. (I guess it's because this is IWSG day.) But we all have to face rejections. Even after you are agented and published, you will still have to face rejections. They don't get any easier, but you do learn to bounce back from them faster.

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    1. Thank you Dianne. That's what I'm telling myself, rejections are part of a writer's life, so I am trying to roll with them. Thanks for visiting

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  3. So proud of you for diving in deep, Robin!

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  4. It takes guts to put yourself out there. Way to go!

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by:)

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  5. I was freaked out about submitting to agents as well. Once you get through a few rejections it gets easier. Good luck and keep pushing forward :)

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  6. Good for you! I wish I were there. But no, instead of revising I'm starting a completely new project in a new genre. Ha!

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    1. Adventures in writing...I'd love to hear about your project

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  7. I'm almost ready to query. Sometime this month. It's nervewracking, but I'm also excited. And will be until that first rejection pops that bubble. So we'll see what happens.

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    1. Yay! It feels good to get a few rejections under my belt. Plus the requests make up for it big time:)

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  8. Good for you for putting yourself out there! Most writers have experienced rejection, so you're in good company.

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    1. Thanks Cynthia-glad for the company:)

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  9. Ahhh...I'm so happy and glad for you right now. I'm happy to hear that IWSG has given you tremendous encouragement!

    Never give up! You gotta pick up yourself up from the disappointment and everything will be ok in the end.

    I'm a member of IWSG too, so I'm all the way here for ya :)

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    1. Yes, IWSG is wonderful! Yay Alex J. Cavenaugh!

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  10. Excellent! You're doing it, girl. ;)

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