It's the first Wednesday of November, which means it's time for Alex J. Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group, wherein we writerly folk talk about our insecurities. This post will be in lieu of [Mostly] Wordless Wednesday for this week, but you can still find some links below, at the end of the post.
Boy, what am I insecure about? Everything, really. I'm afraid to let people I know read what I wrote, because I'm afraid they'll hate it, that I'll be judged harshly. Sending it off to an editor is actually easier than having a friend or family member read it. I've always been like that on everything, though. Have to give a speech? As long as my family and close friends won't be there, I can do it. I guess it's a fear of failure more than anything. I can fail in front of a stranger, and it won't mean an awful lot. But to fail in front of those close to me is to have them know that I couldn't cut it, and there's no escaping that. Ever. They will hold that failure inside of them forever, and when I see them I will know that they know that I wasn't good enough.
One insecurity is probably good per month, right?
This week's links:
The Pikes Peak Branch Pen Women Flash Fiction Contest theme is now officially up on the website. The new theme is "Hidden Amongst These Worlds." $10 entry, cash prizes.
Bookus Publishing's Very Short Fiction Contest deadline has been extended to November 10. No entry fee. Cash prize and publication. The theme is pregnancy and/or childhood. Readers vote on the winners.
Bookus Publishing's Water Danger Humour Novella Competition is open through November 31. $5 Canadian entry fee. Cash prizes and publication. Readers vote on the winners.
Open for Submissions:
Fowl Feathered Press is looking for poetry for their chapbooks.
The Pedestal Magazine is taking poetry submissions through December 13. Paying market.
The Alliance of Independent Authors put out an article on media kits for indie authors. It has great information for what you need, indie author or otherwise, to get your name out there via the media.
Have you ever tried Meetup.com to see if there are writers groups or critique groups meeting near you? It's a great resource!
Random House and Penguin have agreed to merge, as detailed in this article at Publisher's Weekly.
What are you insecure about? Any links to share? How do you feel about Penguin and Random House merging? Is this good or bad for authors?
May you find your Muse.