IWSG/WEP Collaboration

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

It's another posting day for the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Today, we release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. 

If you’d like to join us, click on the link above to sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month and encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

The awesome co-hosts today are: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!

Today's optional question is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

Discipline and consistency are part of each writer's journey. I believe we have to put in the work to ensure we are producing books with some level of consistency. It helps keep our names in the public eye and people take us seriously as we add more titles to our catalogue.

In my view it's critical to learn the craft of writing and never stop adding to your skills. Also, study the market so as not to get taken in by snake oil salesmen. This is particularly important if you're on a limited budget. 

The 2018 Annual IWSG Anthology Contest

Word count: 3500-6000

Genre: Young Adult Romance

A Masquerade can be a false show or pretense, someone pretending to be someone they aren't. It can be a ball, a fancy dress party, it can be a mask. Open to interpretation.

Submissions accepted: September 5 - November 4, 2018

How to enter: Send your polished, formatted (Double spaced, no page numbers), previously unpublished story to admin @ insecurewriterssupportgroup.com before the deadline passes. Please include your contact details, your social links, and if you are part of the Blogging, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter IWSG group.

Judging: The IWSG admins will create a shortlist of the best stories. The shortlist will then be sent to our official judges who will be announced September 5.

Prizes: The winning stories will be edited and published by Freedom Fox Press next year in the IWSG anthology. Authors will receive royalties on books sold, both print and eBook. The top story will have the honor of giving the anthology its title.


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group has entered into a new partnership with the Write...Edit...Publish Challenge (aka WEP) which is the brainchild of Denise Covey and her wonderful team. WEP is a free online writing/creative community.


  1. SUBMIT your name to the Inlinkz list that will be provided on the WEP blog. The list opens 01 August which is TODAY!
  2. CREATE your entry for the August challenge - CHANGE OF HEART
  3. EDIT your entry
  4. POST your entry on your blog/face book page on August 15 - state feedback preferences
  5. READ other entries, giving feed back
    ALL GENRES WELCOME except erotica - 1,000 words maximum.
Starting in August, the Facebook group will have new activities included. Be sure to


  1. We have some great stuff happening!
    We stop learning and growing, we're doomed.

  2. You've done a great job, Joy, keeping your name in the public eye.

  3. Always keep learning is a great way to keep your career fresh and advancing.

  4. There's a lot you can spend money on and most of it isn't effective.

    1. That's so true, Diane. That has been my experience on this journey.

  5. You're so right. Studying the market is essential and avoiding those people who want your money is another.

  6. Yes, we want consistency in the quality of our writing. Learning the craft and keeping on learning are so important.

  7. Its a shame that scammers are everywhere to leech a buck from the unwary.

  8. Discipline and consistency. Two little words filled with meaning and the essence of this business. Nice job.

  9. I'm super late stopping in, but I completely agree. Sometimes I shudder when I read something a writer has been working on because I recognize that they aren't studying their craft. Thank goodness it's never too late to improve, eh?

  10. I had to chuckle at the "snake oil salesmen" phrase. LOL
    Joy, you are a great example of discipline and consistency...


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