Insecure Writer’s Support Group: All About Blogs

Insecure Writers Support Group

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is intended 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! More information and a list of participating blogs are here at the IWSG website.

April 5 Question:

Have you taken advantage of the annual A to Z Challenge in terms of marketing, networking, publicity for your book? What were the results?

I first learned about this community of writers from the A to Z blog challenge around 5 years ago. I’d been a blogger for ages (LiveJournal represent!) but was new to connecting with writers. The challenge is to post every day in April with the A to Z prompts: April 1 = A, April 2 = B, etc. and to pick a theme. I did TV shows, women writers, and something else I’m already forgetting. I found it fun but a lot of work to create the posts.

I have not done A to Z since I’ve been published, and while I love this writing community, I focus my marketing efforts to reader spaces rather than to writers. I connect with readers on Instagram and some on twitter. Beyond that, Facebook groups and targeted advertising. I’m still new at this, so if you’re looking for marketing tips, I’ll have to refer you on to where I get my info. Ask in the comments!

So long story short, I stick with the IWSG community for the monthly blog post (like this) and the Facebook group, but as far as marketing, networking, publicity specifically for my book, not so much.

Since I have your attention….

Fun stuff announced recently:

  • WELCOME HOME  Young Adult anthology cover reveal! YA Books Central revealed the cover for the short story collection I’m a part of, all fictional stories involving adoption. Releases September 5, 2017 and there will be a book tour!

Welcome Home Anthology Cover

Add WELCOME HOME on Goodreads.

  • Romance Writers of America RITA® Finalists revealed … and I’m one of them! I could barely believe the news myself and asked the board member who called me if she was sure I was on the list (she was sure). My YA romance ALTERATIONS is up for Best First Book. The big awards she-bang happens this July in Orlando (Disney!)
RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

RWA RITA 2017 Best First Book Nominations

  • The Sweethearts of YA group blog. A group of six YA authors are banding together to offer fun posts and prizes.

Sweethearts of YA


Let’s talk blogs! How do you like using your blog to connect?

Who are you most interested in connecting with?

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17 comments to Insecure Writer’s Support Group: All About Blogs

  • Thanks for stopping by my blog. Good post – I never understood how to use Instagram for book marketing. Most of the folks that follow me are family and personal friends. And they have either read my books or won’t…LOL!

    D: Dominica & D-Day Museum
    DB McNicol, author & traveler
    Theme: Oh, the places we will go!

    • Stephanie Scott

      I didn’t use Instagram much until about 18 months ago. I found accounts with gorgeous book pictures that I’d scroll through on my break at work. Then I realized, wow a lot of readers use Instagram and they use it like a mini blog! I love it now. It actually replaced blogging for me. Plus I love the visuals 🙂

  • Congrats on being a finalist Stephanie! That is wonderful news. I’d have the same reaction too. Think it was a prank by Nephew Tommy or Ashton Kutcher is trying to punk me or something.
    As for my blog, I like to share my interests in both reading and writing. Highlighting works that deserve appreciation and respect. For example, celebrating the 80yrs Guiding Light first came on the air (first radio, then TV). That’s a whole lot of writing. Sharing useful tips I’ve come across or came to me during an epiphany. And some of my poetry. Definitely interested in connecting with more readers. Don’t know the numbers but my followers are wholly writers themselves. Which isn’t a problem they’re readers too. What I’m looking for and yet done, is connect with more readers.

  • SQUEEEE!!!!! You’re a finalist? That’s amazing! Way to go! I’m so beyond stoked for you,
    and whether you win or not, what an BRAG-WORTHY accomplishment. (Waves from the Orlando area.)

    • Stephanie Scott

      Thanks! It still feels pretty surreal. I’m even more excited for the conference this year. I don’t go every year but this year for sure 🙂

  • I like the connections in IWSG as well. The blog hop is one of my favorite days of the month as I get to read what others are doing, what goals and struggles they are dealing with.

    Like you, I’m not sure I could use the A-Z challenge to market very well. Then again, I’m uncertain about marketing in general.

    As for the blogging community I’m interested in connecting with, well I found it with IWSG. It fulfills most of my needs (at least when kind people read and comment), and keeps me motivated to push through when things aren’t peachy.

    • Stephanie Scott

      Marketing to other writers only goes so much. I’m in IWSG to talk about writing not to sell books, if that makes sense. Not quite the same group or mindset.

  • Wow! A RITA finalist! That’s so exciting! Best of luck.

    But I agree with you about marketing to readers rather than writers–it’s one thing to connect with writers, but then you find yourself only connecting online with writers, who tend to read differently than readers who don’t write.

  • I miss Live Journal! All the teenge angst you could fit into small space!

  • I admire those who can blog everyday and continue to keep up with their other writing work. However, I’m with you – once a month is about right.

  • Congrats on the anthology and the RITA finalist! Hooray!

  • May your anthology have high sales! I believe you are wise to focus on reaching readers instead of writers. Not is to sing to the choir, right? 🙂

  • Lee

    Congratulations on being a finalist – what an honor! I thing you have the correct focus in that reaching readers is the most important part of marketing. I’m happy for others who can do the challenge – I need that time to actually work on my book.

  • Congrats on being a RITA finalist!
    I know that you are very active on Instagram, and have a huge following there. You’ve obviously learned the ins and outs of Instagram marketing. I have no idea how to market on Instagram. When I have time, I’ll do some research and experiment.

  • I love the IWSG and I enjoyed the A to Z Challenge. I’ll probably participate in it again next year. Otherwise, I use my blog to promote the arts, especially theater. I write lots of reviews. I’m going to West Side Story tonight!

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