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It’s that time of the month again, first Wednesday, which means, it’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all […]

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  • Diane BurtonDecember 2, 2015 - 8:31 AM

    Your #2 is my favorite. Everything takes longer, esp. when you have a plan. Accepting that and not stressing over delays makes it easier. Congrats on your debut release.

    Best wishes,
    IWSG #85ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 2, 2015 - 4:34 PM

      Thanks, Diane! You’re right about keeping the stress down.ReplyCancel

  • Ellen @ The Cynical SailorDecember 2, 2015 - 8:34 AM

    I love this post! I signed up for NaNoWriMo this year, but didn’t finish. In the process, I learned tons, especially related to your first two points. Thanks so much for sharing. Really resonated with me coming off the back of NaNoWriMo.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 2, 2015 - 4:35 PM

      NaNo is a game changer, isn’t it? Thanks for the visit, Ellen!ReplyCancel

  • AnnaDecember 2, 2015 - 8:51 AM

    The hardest lesson, accepting critique, is the best lesson. The rest, and there will be more, will fall into place. Congrats on your first book. 🙂

    Anna from Elements of WritingReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 2, 2015 - 4:35 PM

      Yes, it’s hard to put our babies up for critique. Thanks, Anna!ReplyCancel

  • Mark KoopmansDecember 2, 2015 - 12:03 PM

    I was nodding at all your points even though my newly published book is a memoir:)

    Congrats for sticking with it – and NOT giving in to doubts, life and everything else that could have tripped you up:)

    “Break a leg” with the release!! (Only five weeks to go!!)

    Best regards,

    Mark, (official slacker and IWSG co-host 🙂ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 2, 2015 - 4:36 PM

      Thanks, Mark! It’s been different from how I envisioned it a first, that’s for sure.ReplyCancel

  • Nadine FeldmanDecember 2, 2015 - 12:56 PM

    Great post! Like you, I’m about to publish a book I started in the 2012 NaNoWriMo. This will be my second novel, and I’m still learning…I think that’s part of the fun!

    I particularly appreciate your willingness to wait to publish in order to raise funds to get professionals on the case. I’ve always used an editor, but this time around I found a good cover designer and am pleased with the results. I’m also getting marketing support…which I didn’t do the last time (big mistake!!). I do my own formatting,…I’m good at it and somehow always manage to find something else I want to change when it starts to look like a real book!

    Anyway, congratulations and best of luck to you on your launch!ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 2, 2015 - 4:38 PM

      Thanks for the visit, Nadine! congrats on your second novel. And yes, hiring professionals makes a big differenceReplyCancel

  • Carrie GronemanDecember 2, 2015 - 10:46 PM

    I’m so glad you wrote this post Lucinda.
    It took me years to write my novel which took a totally different path then the one I began on.
    Wonderful people came along when I needed, actually when I think I was ready for them to teach me,the next step in self-publishing.
    I appreciate your candid openness.
    It’s refreshing to know I’m not alone in feeling a bit unnerved and even uncomfortable – ok a lot sometimes…but it has turned out to be a marvelous adventure I would not trade, and don’tthink anyone else here would either:)
    Congratulations and I wish you only success.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 3, 2015 - 10:14 AM

      Thanks, Carrie, for the visit and the comment. Self-publishing is an adventure, and sometimes not an easy one, but one full of lessons to learn.ReplyCancel

  • Nick WilfordDecember 3, 2015 - 2:43 PM

    There’s a wealth of great advice here. Very inspiring that you got this far with your first book as well.ReplyCancel

    • LucindaDecember 13, 2015 - 4:49 PM

      Thank you, Nick, for the kind words and the visit!ReplyCancel

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