Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Insecure Writer's Support Group: August 2018

It's the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it's time to convene another meeting of The Insecure Writer's Support Group.  Our leader Alex J. Cavanaugh has assembled another wonderful group of co-hosts: Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery.

Be sure to visit the IWSG website!

The optional question for this month is: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

There are so many to choose from!  I think I would warn my fellow writers to thoroughly research before querying agents or approaching publishers.  There are so many wonderful agents and publishers large and small out there, but there are also sharks lurking in those publishing waters.  Bad actors will do all they can to present themselves as polished and professional, but in reality, their main goal is to take advantage of you for their own benefit.

Fortunately, the IWSG website has a page filled with writer resources, and many of them are dedicated to telling you which agents and publishers are legitimate and which are not.  You can also connect with your fellow writers who are further along in their publishing journey and benefit from the wisdom they've gained.  We writers need to stick together, after all!

Which publishing pitfalls would you like to warn others about?


  1. Always research the publisher or agent. If they want money first, run away. Fast.

  2. Yep, that's a good pitfall to avoid. I've heard those pits are line with poison-tipped spikes at the bottom. Thanks for the post. Happy writing to you. :)

  3. There's 'good' 'bad' money to be made from dazzling newbie writers into handing over the bucks. Thankfully I have no first hand experience of that.
    Thanks for signing up for WEP/IWSG.

  4. Good what's out there. I can be disheartening to see how many ways there are to pray on people and take advantage, writers not excluded...

  5. So many bad actors out there, but so wonderful to have such a great site with recommendations!