What Happens When You Don't Pre-Schedule #IWSG

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

With a major event coming up at work, that will last for a week, you'd think I'd have done the smart thing and pre-scheduled my IWSG post. Nope, didn't do that, with the result that I didn't remember to post until just now.

Anyhooo, on the first Wednesday of each month writer's everywhere release their insecurity and encourage other writer to keep moving on. Alex's co-hosts today were Eva @ Lillicasplace,Crystal Collier, Sheena-kay Graham, Chemist Ken, LG Keltner, and Heather Gardner!

The IWSG Anthology Contest 2016 winners were also announced today! 

Many thanks to this year’s official judges: 

Elizabeth S. Craig writes cozy mystery series for Penguin Random House, Midnight Ink, and independently. She curates links on Twitter as @elizabethscraig that are later shared in the free search engine WritersKB.com. 

Richard Harland finished his first novel in 1993 and resigned a university lectureship to become a full-time writer. With seventeen fantasy, SF and horror novels published since, he went international with his steampunk fantasies, Worldshaker, Liberator and Song of the Slums. He has won six Aurealis Awards and the A. Bertram Chandler Award in Australia, the Tam Tam Je Bouquine Award in France. Writing Tips

Laura Maisano has an MA in Technical writing and is a Senior Editor at Anaiah Press for their YA/NA Christian Fiction. She’s excited to release her debut YA Urban Fantasy SCHISM, and she’s finishing up the sequel UNITY. 

Russell C. Connor has been writing horror since the age of 5, and has been in the self-publishing industry for a decade. He has published 8 novels and 4 novellas in both paperback and eBook, including the Box Office of Terror Trilogy and "Whitney," an epic horror novel about hurricane survivors fighting a washed-ashore sea monster. He also designs books for clients and assists them with self-publishing endeavors. 

Dawn Frederick is the founder of Red Sofa Literary, previously of Sebastian Literary Agency, and she brings a broad knowledge of the book business to the table—with multiple years of experience as a bookseller in the independent, chain, and specialty stores; sales, marketing, & book development at a YA publisher, a published nonfiction author, and an agent associate literary agent at Sebastian Literary Agency. 

Ion Newcombe is the editor and publisher of AntipodeanSF, Australia's longest running online speculative fiction magazine, regularly issued since January 1998. His qualifications and employment range from horticulture through electronics into literature and communications. 

Lynn Tincher,  author, public speaker, and executive producer, was born just outside of Louisville, Kentucky in the beautiful city of La Grange. She has written four books, with the fifth one currently in the making. Her first book, Afterthoughts was optioned for movie production by Kilted Pictures and Dancing Forward Productions in Los Angeles. It is currently in pre-production with plans to shoot in Louisville, Kentucky very soon. 

And now, the winners of the 2016 IWSG Anthology Contest – Hero Lost: 

L. Nahay – Breath Between Seconds

Roland Yeomans - Sometimes They Come Back

Elizabeth Seckman - Mind Body Soul

Olga Godim - Captain Bulat

Ellen Jacobson - The Silvering

Erika Beebe - The Wheat Witch

Yvonne Ventresca – The Art of Remaining Bitter

Sean McLachlan - The Witch Bottle

Sarah Foster - The Last Dragon

Renee Cheung - Memoirs of a Forgotten Knight

Tyrean Martinson - Of Words and Swords

And the grand prize winner: 

Jen Stanton Chandler - The Mysteries of Death and Life

Congratulations to the winners! Look for the anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, late spring. 


  1. Congrats to all winners. Joy life flows it's course and we only get to choose our individual turns. Do what you can and rearrange the rest. Happy 2017!

    2017 IWSG January Co-Host

  2. It happens! Excited for all the winners.

  3. That's always my fear - that I'll forget.

  4. I start writing my post a week ahead, but I still worry that I'll sleep in or forget to publish it. Bloggers are forgiving though. You're not too late, Joy. I'm late.

    1. I need to start early, consistently. Yes, bloggers are forgiving.

  5. But you did remember, and got the post up. Kudos :)

  6. Thanks so much all of the time and effort you put into the contest! Good luck with your work event. Cheers - Ellen


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