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IWSG July 2022--A Happy Story!

It's so easy to get caught up in all the insecurities that weigh us down as writers and authors. Today I thought I'd share something positive instead. Learning to recognize what is going well and remembering those things often really helps me to keep moving forward.

On July 1st, I launched a Kickstarter with 5 other authors. The idea was two-fold: build buzz for our Seasons of Sugar Creek series and sell book boxes for the series. All of us were excited and nervous. Would people support us? Would they want a special hardback book that hasn't been released yet?

We swallowed our fear and jumped in with both feet and the results were amazing. We were fully funded four days in, and now Kickstarter has chosen our project as one they like.

I feel so blessed that people are interested in my writing. That they want to be a part of something that means a lot to us as authors. And now I get to order hardback books, wrap LOTS of Christmas presents for the boxes. The best part is we still have all of July to get more pledges.

You can check out the project HERE. Oh, and for those who don't know, I write Contemporary Romance under the name River Ford ;)

Mostly, it's just good to have something work as an author for once. I can write. Marketing and actually selling is horrible. I don't like doing it, so I don't. Then I get frustrated that I'm not selling books. Yeah, I'm a hot mess most of the time.

This allowed me to make selling the book more personal. More fun.

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 kinds!

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! Be sure to link to this page and display the badge in your post. And please be sure your avatar links back to your blog! Otherwise, when you leave a comment, people can't find you to comment back.

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

The awesome co-hosts for the July 6 posting of the IWSG are J Lenni Dorner, Janet Alcorn, PJ Colando, Jenni Enzor, and Diane Burton!

July 6 question - If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

Oh, goodness! This is so hard. I don't know that I could pick one world. That's why I read, and why I write. A well-written book allows me to live in multiple worlds all in one week. Here are some of my favorites:

Mine of course--Sendek (magic, dragons, and Star Trek level technology rolled into one world. The demons are a downer though), Ireas from FADE INTO ME (visible magic in swirling colors in a fairy type alternate dimension on earth)

~Muina from the Touchstone series. I've read these books so many times I'm ready! I just hope my psychic talents wake when I arrive.

~the wizarding world of Harry Potter

Okay, not as many as I thought. Those came to mind easily though, so yeah, I'll go with them.

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