Wednesday, June 6, 2018

#IWSG June 2018

Blog Hop Captain and Fearless Leader: Alex J. Cavanaugh

IWSG Day Question: What's harder for you to come up with, book titles or character names?

That's a huge toss-up. I mostly . . . struggle with book and story titles. Considering that I write short stories and I submit them as often as I'm able, well, it's not good to struggle with story titles. I usually know what I want to call them after I'm finished writing them. 

So, my current WIP has had at least three different names, and it's "Greenling, Book 1" at the moment. Not very informative, right? It's a superhero book for young teens, either older MG or younger YA. Yes, I should have that nailed down, too. But, I have made some drastic draft changes.

In the draft days, my first novel Champion in the Darkness was either "The Sword" or The Crystal Sword and my youngest daughter drew my first cover in crayon on a blank piece of paper that I inserted into my 3-ring binder of drafts.

Character names usually just come to me in the first draft, or they don't
In Champion in the Darkness, the villain didn't have a name in the first five drafts. She was "the dark sorceress." I finally came up with three different ideas for her name and had a facebook poll. By popular vote (5 out of 8) she became Kalidess. This actually helped with all of my names for the Dark Sisterhood sorceresses, because I decided that once they joined the Dark Sisterhood, they were supposed to change their names and add an "dess" or an "ess." So, Kalidess's sister is Maedess. And, that one locked in the dungeon who didn't change her name, well, there's a reason she's in the dungeon.

My June Insecurity for Insecure Writer's Support Group

I'm co-hosting and I've been having health issues. I actually forgot I was co-hosting until the newsletter came out. Yikes! But, I am here. I will co-host strong in short spurts throughout the day. (My dizziness has been getting slowly better, but it still hits randomly.)

Then, I will probably go into radio silence until an awesome guest post by new author Ellen Jacobson, one of our co-hosts, on June 25. Please come back to support her! 


Next month, IWSG will take place on July 3rd instead of July 4th!

Plus, get your pitch ready for #IWSGPit on July 19th!!!

Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 19, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query. 

Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents. 


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript. 

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit. 

#C - children’s
#MG - middle grade
#YA - young adult
#NA - new adult
#A - adult
#AD - adventure
#CF - Christian fiction
#CO - contemporary
#F - fantasy
#H - horror
#HI - historical
#LF - literary fiction
#MCT - mystery/crime/thriller
#ME - memoir
#NF - non-fiction
#PB - picture book
#PN - paranormal
#R - romance
#SF - sci-fi
#WF - women's fiction