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I am a children's writer from the Virgin Islands. Growing up there was like living inside a history book; an imagination stimulator. Consequently I've been writing for just about forever. I am a graduate of the Institute of Children's Literature and a member of SCBWI.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Insecure Writer's Support Group and... A Reveal

The brainchild of Alex Cavanaugh, the 
purpose of the Insecure Writer's 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!

Posting is the first Wednesday of every month.

You can sign up HERE.


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Today is the second anniversary of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, and my first time participating. How auspicious is that? It's not like I'm a paragon of composed confidence, I'm not. I'm just as riddled with self-doubt as everyone else. Over the past two years I've read many posts from various participants and I thought they were very brave to expose themselves. That was good for them, but me? I just couldn't do it.

Then last month someone posted this:
You doubt because you care.


That little sentence had such a profound affect on me that I did two things. 1.) I decided to sign up for IWSG and 2.) I hauled out my Anansi stories and decided I'd better get my ass is gear and get them published. What am I waiting for, the end of the world? So I got Nicole Zoltack to edit and L. Diane Wolfe  will format for me because I discovered I'm all thumbs. And I've got some wonderful people who've said they'd be happy to write an endorsement. (I'm not revealing them quite yet, but to suffice it to say, I think they're pretty *large* people in the blogging/self-publishing/writing scene and I'm an extremely humbled and honored by their support.)

Edits are just about done. Gulp. 

So... I've decided to show off my fabulous cover. 


As Hillel the Elder said: 
If I am not for myself, then who will be for me? And if I am only for myself, then what am I? And if not now, when?


What about you? Are you waiting for the cows to come home before you do something?

18 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bish, that is awesome!! Glad you took the plunge and you have some great people helping you. The cover is very whimsical.
And welcome to the IWSG!

Siv Ottem said...

Great to see you take the leap and join the group! Good luck with your book, the cover is great! Great quote :)

L. Diane Wolfe said...

That cover is adorable!

I look forward to helping you make it a reality.

Vikki (www.the-view-outside.com) said...

Just stopping by from the IWSG

Welcome to the group! Glad you've decided to join us!

I totally agree about "caring" :)

xx

Crystal Collier said...

It's a case of faith, eh? Jump before you look, and trust that somehow everything will work out. I think that can be the hardest step, but once you get out there, it's like, "What the heck was I waiting for?"

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

I'm so glad you took the leap, Bish. I know you feel better having done it. Looking forward to learning more about you. I'm guest hosting at the IWSG today. Happy to meet you.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Cover's adorable.

Rena said...

I love the cover.

As for waiting for the cows to come home? nah, but I do sometimes wait to finish a project before I start on another... sometimes... okay, I tell myself I'll wait, but I just do it anyway. I never wait.

Sigh. I'm so unprofessional.

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Wow, that's a beautiful cover! Congratulations on being brave and taking that step. Wishing you all the best =)

Adrienne said...

Glad you're going for it, and I can't wait to see the finished book!

Bish Denham said...

Thanks everyone. And a special thanks to Adrienne, whose art work has made all the difference!

J.L. Campbell said...

Love the cover, Bish. Glad you're moving forward with this. Can't wait to read the finished product. :D

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Beautiful cover, Bish!! How exciting. I wish you every success and happiness with this. And I can hardly wait until I can read it. : )

Christine Rains said...

What a great cover! We all have to be there for ourselves. Sometimes it's difficult, but in the end, we have to believe in ourselves and dare to put ourselves out there.

Anne Gallagher said...

Congratulations! That is so fantastic! I'm so glad you're going for it.

Vijaya said...

If not now, then when?
Yes indeed. I'm glad you persevered and help arrived ...

I am plugging away on my novel revisions. It's all about the work right now.

Great cover!

Marcia said...

Congrats, Bish! I love that crafty look on Anansi's face.

Talli Roland said...

Congrats, Bish! So pleased you took the leap - the cover is fantastic.