Wednesday, September 5, 2018

I Want to Believe But Trust No One #IWSG | Bookworm News #SpecFic

The Insecure Writer's Support Group was founded by Alex J. Cavanaugh. September's co-hosts are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler. Please visit the other participating blogs.
I apologize for skipping IWSG last month. I was deep in an autistic burnout that left me physically ill (sore throat, headache, no energy, and eventually swollen lymph nodes and laryngitis). The mystery illness lasted over two months and took two rounds of antibiotics, some corticosteriods, and several sporadic days off work where I would sleep 12+ hours at a time to start to feel better. I'm still not at 100%, but I am finally getting more energy to do things.

Optional IWSG Day Question: What publishing path are you considering/did you take and why?

My path to publication may have started with small publishers, but I prefer self-publishing and plan to continue publishing my own work for the foreseeable future.

Why you might ask? In my school days, I was never much of a group project girl. I just didn't trust anyone with my grade, and I'd been burned by such groups in the past. I have similar feelings toward publishers. I do believe most are honest, knowledgeable, and do their best for their authors, but I prefer to keep the control and do things myself. That way I know the work will live up to my rather high standards.

What are you insecure about today?

Because of the burnout, I was slow in proofreading Elements of Untethered Realms, which I finished on August 30. We're still on schedule to publish the anthology collection in early October. I'm waiting on any proofreading changes the authors want to make on their stories. Then I'll make changes to the print document and create the ebook versions as well as update the single anthology titles too. Then it'll be publishing time!

This month, I'm taking down Reborn, Determined, and Marked from retailers and Reborn from Wattpad. The reasons why are here. This change also affects Untethered Realms' box set Fantasy Uprising. We'll be putting up a second edition which will include several short stories from my People of Foxwick and Their Neighbors instead of Reborn. I'm hoping to make the changes to the box set and have it reloaded to sites soon.

I also have a short story idea for a certain anthology--you can probably guess which one--so I'm hoping to write the story and have it edited before the deadline.

I also want to start seriously planning to write Entangled, a UR Worlds' story.

We'll see how things go.

What are your goals this month?

2018 Stats
20,257 words written
43,416 words edited
303,449 friends' words edited

Since I missed August's bookworm news, I've decided to add it here.

Elements of Untethered Realms by Various Authors (myself included)

Nightblood by Elly Blake
Queen of Thieves by Katherine Bogle
Eye of Truth by Lindsay Buroker
Bloodlust by Midnight by Deanna Chase
Hunted by Darcy Coates
What Gods Incite by Clara Coulson
Shadow on the Stairs by Blair Daniels
Blackout by Dannika Dark
Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven by Bella Forrest
Relic by Alan Dean Foster
Iron Bones by Yasmine Galenorn
Quintus by Kym Grosso
Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton
The Immortal Queen by Jennifer L. Hart
A Girl of White Winter by Barb Hendee
The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal
Do Not Go Alone: A Posthumous Mystery by C.A. Larmer
Catwoman: Soulstealer by Sarah J. Maas
Elemental Thief by Rachel Morgan
Seafire by Natalie C. Parker
Echoes to Ashes by Ainsley Shay
Queen of Iron and Blood by Melissa Wright
The Girl Who Sees by Dima Zales