IWSG Aug 1, Publishing Pitfalls

IWSG Badge-smIt’s the first Wednesday of the month and that means Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) is enjoying its monthly blog fest invented by Alex J. Cavanaugh. IWSG is a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

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

IWSG Question: What pitfalls would you warn other writers to avoid on their publication journey?

My Answer: I write blog posts based on true events in my life. In a recent IWSG post, Crystal Collier asked me if I have plans to compile my stories into a memoir.

The thrill of a new idea wakes me in the wee hours. I awake with a hunger to get my idea on the page. To share slivers of my life with you, my reader. To tell a compelling story that grips your attention for a few minutes.

Early Morning Unvited Guest

I crave to find the right word to express to you the terror I felt when the scorpion scuttled across the living room tile.

Death By Cane


And the relief when Rick crushed the thing with his cane.


My tick-tock internal question is,
1. “When will my writing be good enough?”
2. Followed by, “When will they be good enough to publish?”

3. And, “Who is my audience?”

As the leader of La Cruz Writers’ Group I watched folks grow from index cards to published author. I’ve listened to their questions. I’ve paid close attention to the answers. I’ve listened to hours of Webinars. The more I learn, the more intimated I become. Marketing is a ton of work and time.  The royalty checks are often puny. I wonder why invest dear money in publishing? Is sharing my adventures on a blog enough?


This month, I’ll be visiting your blog and gleaning answers from each of you.

Thank you for visiting. It’s always a joy to read your comments. I promise is to return the favor and visit your blog.

16 thoughts on “IWSG Aug 1, Publishing Pitfalls

  1. I love how you capture the love of writing: “The thrill of a new idea wakes me in the wee hours. I awake with a hunger to get my idea on the page. To share slivers of my life with you, my reader. To tell a compelling story that grips your attention for a few minutes.”

    Our lives and adventures do make it in to our writing worlds. I can’t imagine a scorpion though. Yikes! I think we all have to follow our hearts. Happy IWSG Day 🙂

    1. Hi Erika, Thank you for your comment. I had this post written and programmed to go public at 2am. At 5am (three hours after release) a bright new inspiration compelled me to write about our invited guest, The Scorpion. I’m delighted you enjoyed that section. I appreciate your time and co-hosting IWSG. I’ll be visiting you shortly, I promise.

  2. You’ve touched on something I think about from time to time – is the investment worth it. I’m not sure if I’ll ever break even on my publishing expenses, so is this just an expensive hobby? I’d love to read a memoir by you one day 🙂

    1. Hi Ellen, To some, there is something compelling about writing. We can’t help but express through the written word. Congratulations on breaking even on your expenses! I’m sure you’ll be making a profit soon! Murder at the Marina is a great read. I’m enjoying it very much. Thank you for visiting and taking a moment to comment.

    1. Hi Alex, I love your advice. You’re repeating what my inner voice says, focus on the writing and get it posted. Thank you for visiting & creating this great community.

    1. Hi Sandra, it does boil down to that, doesn’t it? And to find and nourish that nugget of pleasure. Just think, our words can even enlighten, entertain, and enrich the lives of others at the same time. Thank you for visiting and taking the time to read & comment. A special thanks for co-hosting this months IWSG blog hop.

  3. I could never live where scorpians live – an unholy cross between spiders and lobsters, totally terrifying. Horror indeed. But I love that a seed has been planted and it’s taking root. Go with it. Nourish it. Welcome to Writer Hell! That’s why we gather together.

    1. Hi Lee, But just imagine these hybrids of terror could be the source of great inspiration! Thank for visiting, commenting, and co-hosting the August IWSG blog-hop. Your post was informative and offers great advice and suggestions.

  4. I love this post! In pondering the cost of recognition you described exactly what sticks in my mind like a fly to the rim of wine glass. Like you, I keep right on writing. It’s the most fulfilling activity I know of.
    So glad you had Rick to the rescue in the scorpion ordeal. The horrid creatures that haunt my house (at times) are practically indestructible and often charge at me after a failed attempt to alter their existence. House cats are good, but Meerkats are even better at keeping the scorpion population at a minimum 😉 If only, right?
    I look forward to more of your posts!

    1. Hi Diedre, Welcome to my writer niche. Your description of the fly on the wine glass is stuck in my imagination. Yuck. So the world of insects is visiting your niche, too? Sidewinders are horrid creatures. I’m really sorry your lovely kitty will not chase them away and you had to resort to a classic cartoon book. Well, gotta do what you gotta do! Thanks for visiting and taking time to leave a comment. Cheers (from a clean wine glass).

  5. So is that a yes to a potential memoir? 😉 LOL. I think publishing wherever you’re comfortable is the way to go. A blog is a form of publication, and if this is where you’re most comfortable keeping your writing, that totally works.

    1. Hi Crystal,
      For now, I’m grateful I can keep up with the monthly IWSG blog hop. In the past I published frequently on our La Vita website. Then stopped for about 2 years (2016 and 2017) when my husband was going through back surgeries (three) and his recovery.

      When I started posting again, I realized there were huge changes to WordPress and my site had been hacked. So today I’m using this less than attractive WP template. Someday, I hope to find the right person at the right price to help me design a decent layout.

      So for now, this is it. I’m developing my voice and writing skills with the hopes of writing an memoir. Thank you for stopping by to share your thoughts with me.

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