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#IWSG: Publishing Pitfalls

Updated: Oct 12, 2022



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Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!


Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the August 1 posting of the IWSG are Erika Beebe, Sandra Hoover, Susan Gourley, and Lee Lowery!


Click here to view everyone in the Blog Hop.


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August 1 – What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?


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Publishing Pitfalls


I am nowhere near starting off on my publishing journey, so I don’t have too much to say on this subject. But I have attended numerous writing panels at Cons that address publishing.


The biggest thing I’ve taken away from all of that is not to put yourself in a box. And what I mean by that is, don’t say “I only want this publisher.” or “I’ll only accept this sort of deal.” or “I’ll only publish if I can keep this X way.” It seems that you have to be flexible to have success as a writer.


Also, don’t think you’ll only have success if you get published by a NY press. Don’t underestimate small indie presses. I repeat. Don’t underestimate small indie presses. Take Falstaff out of Charlotte for example. I’ve seen their work first-hand and how they represent their authors and how hard they work to sell books at events. I’d be overjoyed to publish with a small press like that.


At the same time, do your research! Make sure it’s a good fit, and make sure it’s a legit press.


I’ve met plenty of full-time writers presenting at Cons who have multiple avenues of income. They also publish. They also edit. They’re also agents. They might have two books with a traditional press, two with a small press, and two self-published.

So, I supposed my big three pieces of advice (coming from someone who’s just attended a lot of panels to prepare for her own publishing journey) are: Don’t put yourself in a box. Don’t underestimate small presses. Do your research.


Thanks for dropping by!


Rosie J.

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