So, this is the IWSG post where I dazzle you with a plethora of positive writing news. (Don’t you just love that word? Plethora has such a nice ring to it.)
Cover reveals! Impending releases! Story sales!
However, it’s also the post where I admit I’m a quivering mass of insecurity, believe I am doomed to be a complete failure as an author, and have been contemplating applying for a marketing director job because, clearly, finding happiness in the corporate world is easier than dealing with this damn self-doubt.
And when is this self-doubt the worst? When I find out I’ve sold a story to an anthology, and that this lucky story was successful among 300 other entries.
Make sense? Not a bit! Welcome to the brain of a writer.
I can see the comments already…
“If you’re contemplating quitting, maybe you’re not that dedicated.”
Um, I quit my six-figure day job and remortgaged my house, so f*ck your perceived lack of dedication.
“If you’re contemplating quitting, maybe you’re not meant to be a writer. Real writers want to write every second of every day.”
Really? Who are these mythical, hyper-motivated writers? Because I’ve never met one. As far as I can tell, crippling self-doubt is a legitimate part of the writing process.
“You just said crippling and self-doubt in the same sentence. You probably need medication. Or a therapist. Or both.”
Thanks, Doc, but I’ll be fine. Eventually. I’m not insane; I’m a writer. There’s a small, often negligible, difference.
So yes, the good news. GhostWriters Four is finally up for pre-order! (Cue self-doubt: what if everyone hates it? What if it sucks?)
Feast your eyes on ye olde storyline:
Jackson Stone is sick of ghosts. With his love life in shambles, he heads to Romania for a horror writers’ retreat, hoping it will be a break from the supernatural and breathing space from his relationship with medium Kate Carlsson.
But as his fellow writers begin disappearing or losing their minds, he realizes he needs Kate’s help.
When Jackson loses his own memory, Kate’s love is the only thing that can bring him back. But she’s falling for the man responsible for the evil in Romania. A man who claims to be her soul mate. Will this master of wraiths forever break Kate’s bond with Jackson?
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If you’d like to be part of my release-day reviewing team, let me know. Forest of Ghosts will be released on March 22, 2019, so all you have to do is receive a lovely free electronic copy of the book from me and write a review on Goodreads and Amazon that will be published on release day (or earlier–you can leave reviews on Goodreads now.)
If you’d like to have me on your blog talking about how I braved the world’s most haunted forest to write this sucker, let me know that too. (Or whatever you’d like me to blather on about–I’m versatile.) Like all of my books, Forest of Ghosts will be available in paperback, ebook, and audio formats.
Second bit of good news: as alluded to earlier, my story Heart of the Lion will be unleashed upon the world next year as part of the Not All Monsters anthology, a collection of dark fiction written by–gasp!–women. I’m super excited about this, because I love that story and it’s taken forever (or, in actual time, a couple years) to find a home for it. It’s a ghost story of sorts, but a very different kind than you might expect. I’ll keep you posted about the impending release date once I know more.
And the last bit of news: aside from occasional sales, this is the final week my ebook City of Ghosts will be available for free. So if you’d like a copy, please snap it up now. My publisher will soon be moving the GhostWriters series to Kindle Unlimited, so if you have a Kobo and meant to get the books but haven’t yet, please don’t put it off. Paperbacks and audiobooks will still be available through the usual channels. For buy links to all my books, please head over to the Books section of my website.
How’s the month been treating you beautiful people? Am I the only one who experiences crippling self-doubt even though
- I’m totally committed
- I just had a good thing happen to me (what more optimistic folks may call a sign)
Please tell me I’m not the only one. Please?
The purpose of the Insecure Writers’ Support Group is 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. To see a full list of IWSG authors, click here.