It's the first Wednesday of January, which means it's time for the Insecure Writer's Support Group!
My insecurities are catching up to me as I write one novel and edit another. I find myself getting sucked into a downward spiral of doubt. No one will want to read this. I've screwed up so badly that there is no fixing it. I should just scrap this and start something new. What am I doing?? Or, in the words of Adam Sandler: "They're all gonna' laugh at you!" (I tried to find a YouTube video of that skit to share, but I could only find other skits from that album, darn it).
I know this is just one of those lows when my insecurities catch up to me, and that I'll get through it, but it's always rough in the midst of it.
Now for some links!
Disclaimer: I have not researched and cannot personally recommend anything passed along in links. I simply record information I've happened across in my interweb wanderings in the hopes that something will be helpful to you! Please be sure to research anything before entering/submitting/applying.
Agent Sara Megibow, of the Nelson Literary Agency, is leading a 2-hour workshop on How to Get Your Book Published. This will take place Sunday, January 13, 1:00-3:00PM, at Denver Jewish Day School Discovery Lab. Cost is $50.
The Great Novel Contest opened January 1. Cost is $40 to enter. It's sponsored by the Columbus Creative Cooperative. The winner will receive their choice between $1000 and a publishing contract with Columbus Press. Closes the last day of January, or sooner if 200 entries are received.
Kazka Press has a monthly flash fiction contest for publication with a specific theme. January's theme is An Undelivered Valentine, and is open from January 1-20. Pays $10. 712 words to 1001, somewhere between those. No cost to enter.
If you're planning on attending The Crypticon in Seattle (which I had badly wanted to attend, but I have to use those funds for something else), they are having a great writing contest, sponsored by Blysster Press. Entry fee is $10. Deadline is February 10. Finalists will be published in an anthology. Caveat: You MUST be attending Crypticon to enter. Sad sigh.
Cemetery Dance is accepting fiction submissions until all 2013 slots are filled. Paying market. Looking for horror, dark mystery and suspense. May query for non-fiction and artwork.
Belladonna Publishing is looking for Gothic fairy tale submissions for their anthology Black Apples. Paying market. Closes January 15.
The Lovely Pink Diva is seeking female writers to blog about female topics, such as health, beauty, fitness and lifestyle.
Novelnook is a new website positioning itself as a platform for self-published authors. Their front page says you keep 100% of your sales. Worth researching.
The Hugo Nominated Patrick Hester (a local) put together a post entitled Author Resources and Other Fun Things at his blog All Things From my Brain.
The Writing Box is seeking interviews with published authors. Free press, people!
Anything to pass along? What are you insecure about? Anything above you're excited about?
Currently reading: Crossed, by Ally Condie
Currently working on: The Black Undeath
May you find your Muse.