Wednesday, May 2, 2018

#IWSG May and Tick Tock Release!

Started by ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh, this group is a safe, supportive place to share writing insecurity and encouragement. 
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I'm a bit under the weather today, so I'll be hopping in short spurts and I might give some super short comments. Please note that I respect your posts and all the time you put into them. 

Last week, I was excited about a Writer's Workshop, but I couldn't make it due to my current "ick." However, I did get some great critique for a ten-page sample and my rough query letter for The Greenling. The critique went even farther than expected and I got some feedback on my marketing for The Champion Trilogy, so I have much to ponder - good and bad. 

Insecurities are lurking, but I do have some short good news: 

My micro-fiction story "Storytime" was published at 50-Word Stories last week. My poem "Strong Together" will be published at Leaves of Ink on May 18. "Storytime" made it on the first submission. "Strong Together" was rejected by three other markets before it found acceptance. I have two stories out on submission, both of which have received rejections in the past, but I still have hope that they will find their market homes.

Just keep typing, just keep writing, just keep swimming. Go, Write, Win! :) Dory Cheer-leading for Writers.

And, The New IWSG Anthology is here!

Tick Tock: A Stitch in Crime
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

The clock is ticking...

Can a dead child’s cross-stitch pendant find a missing nun? Is revenge possible in just 48 minutes? Can a killer be stopped before the rescuers are engulfed by a city ablaze? Who killed what the tide brought in? Can a soliloquizing gumshoe stay out of jail?

Exploring the facets of time, eleven authors delve into mysteries and crimes that linger in both dark corners and plain sight.Featuring the talents of Gwen Gardner, Rebecca M. Douglass, Tara Tyler, S. R. Betler, C.D. Gallant-King, Jemi Fraser, J. R. Ferguson, Yolanda Renée, C. Lee McKenzie, Christine Clemetson, and Mary Aalgaard.

Hand-picked by a panel of agents and authors, these eleven tales will take you on a thrilling ride into jeopardy and secrecy. Trail along, find the clues, and stay out of danger. Time is wasting...

$14.95 USA, 6x9 Trade paperback, 204 pages, Freedom Fox Press
Mystery & Detective (FIC022000) / Crime (FIC050000) / Thrillers (FIC031000)
Print ISBN 9781939844545 eBook ISBN 9781939844552
$4.99 EBook available in all formats

“Each story is fast paced, grabbing the reader from the beginning.”
 - Readers' Favorite, 5 stars

“I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of thought-provoking crime stories.” - Denise Covey, author

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database, articles and tips, a monthly blog posting, a Facebook and Instagram group, Twitter, and a monthly newsletter.

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Ronel Janse van Vuuren said...

Congrats on your stories being published :-) I hope you get well soon.

Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Autumn Decisions

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Well done on the publications! Good luck with the pondering. :)

Hoping you feel better soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Great news on both stories!
Sorry about the ick. Hope you feel better.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Congratulation on your stories being published!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Ronel - Thank you!

Madeline - Thanks! It's one of those, is it worth it to do this ____ or should I just focus on _____? Ah well.

Alex - Thank you!

Rachna - Thanks!

Michelle Wallace said...

Congratulations on the critique for your ten-page sample and your rough query letter!
Congrats on the 50-word story publication. You are so good with the micro-fiction!
Hope you feel better soon, Tyrean!
Happy IWSG Day!

Chrys Fey said...

I'm sorry you're not feeling well. I hope you get better soon!

A critique talked about your marketing for another book? That's interesting. I'm not sure I'd want that. lol Marketing can be a touchy subject.

Congrats on your micro-story publication!

krystal jane said...

Yay! Congrats on the publications! I hope good things for the projects on submission! I like Dory Cheerleading. :) Insecurities or not, we always have to keep moving.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Michelle- Thanks! I appreciate your encouragement, Michelle!

Chrys - I wasn't sure either, but the comments made sense and gelled with other things I've heard.
And, thanks!

Krystal - Thank you! We definitely have to keep going.

Erika Beebe said...

"Keep writing," is so true! No matter what. I hope you feel better soon. My daughter has had the stomach flu this week but is finally on the mend. I've been enjoying my time with her. Yay for Tick Tock! I am ordering my copy today :)

The Cynical Sailor said...

"Go, Write, Win!" - Love it. Need to get a t-shirt printed up with this :-)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Congrats! That's a plus since you couldn't make the workshop.

I love Dory.

cleemckenzie said...

Sorry you're under the weather, Tyrean. Hope this thing you have goes away soon. Congratulations on the short story publication. That's good medicine.

And thanks for giving Tick Tock a place on your site today.

M.J. Fifield said...

I'm so glad you had a great critique. I find a really good, honest critique to be so helpful—even if they didn't like what I wrote. Especially then, really.

And congrats on your story and poem being published! Hope you receive good news about the others soon!

Lee Lowery said...

Sorry you're under the weather. That really sucks the inspiration out of a person. But congrats on the upcoming publications! Take care of yourself.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I hope you feel better soon!

That's actually quite a lot of good news. Way to go!

Cherie Reich said...

I hope you'll feel better soon! Congrats on the acceptances!

CWMartin said...

Feel better soon!

Yolanda Renée said...

Congratulations on all the wins! And thanks for the shout out!

Hope you're feeling better.

Olga Godim said...

Congrats on your publications. Don't they give you a warm, fluttery feeling? I hope you feel better soon.

Diane Burton said...

Congratulations on your publications. Isn't that a great feeling! I hope you feel better soon.

Mark Noce said...

Hope you feel better soon:)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Congrats on your stories being published and good luck on the others. Hope you feel better soon.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Congrats on the good news. And glad the critique was helpful. Hope you're feeling better soon.

E.M.A. Timar said...

I just got over something as well. It seems there is a lot of illness plaguing the writing community. I hope you are feeling better soon and thanks for taking the time (and energy) to read and comment on my blog while you were under the weather.
Congratulations on your submissions and acceptances! That is amazing. I am sure your two stories will find their home as you keep on creating in the meantime.

Raimey Gallant said...

I think I could learn a lesson or two from you on subbing short fiction. I hope you feel better! P.S. Are you aware that your gravatar is going to this blog?

Lynda R Young said...

It looks like it's coming together for you. I'm super thrilled for you. Sometimes some pieces won't find homes, but that's ok if you keep writing.

J Q Rose said...

Hope you're feeling better now. Awesome about your acceptances and yes, I like the idea of your stories finding their publishing home.
JQ Rose

Loni Townsend said...

I hope you're feeling better by now and that your pondering produced fruit!