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ISWG How Do You Push Through The Negativity?

It's time for another installment of the ISWG. For those who would like to learn more about this supportive and helpful membership, please click on our illustrious host's name:  Alex J. Cavanaugh

As many of you may know, I submitted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS, for publication on Kindle Scout.  Unfortunately, I was short-listed. On the up side, I received three pages of feedback from the editorial team, noting the good, the bad and the ugly.  I've since implemented the proposed changes and am preparing to self publish on Kindle Unlimited.

Although I've tried to look at this experience from a positive lens, how the editorial team took time to read the book, gave feedback, et.al,  as each year passes, I become more insecure about my path as a writer. I'm half way through my second novel, and I can't help but wonder if I'll ever make it. Am I good enough? I'm sure other writer's struggle with the same questions, but this month it really hit me and although I'll persevere, it's been tough.

I'd like to know how many of you deal with negative thoughts that creep into your head? Is there some kind of special self-talk you do to get past it? Any and all advice would be welcomed. Until next month, my friends. Happy Writing. 

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Feeling Vulnerable

It's time for another installment of the ISWG, hosted byAlex J. Cavanaugh. To learn more about this wonderful group, click on the preceding link.


I've posted my novel PAWN OF THE GODS on Kindle Scout, a publishing program ran by Amazon. It allows unpublished authors to post their work for thirty days. During that time, readers log on, read the excerpt (or not) and if they like what they see, they nominate the author for publication. At the end of the campaign, the nominations are tallied and the board votes on which books to publish. 

PAWN OF THE GODS has been up for a little over a week.  It was on the Hot and Trending list for nineteen hours, and more than one thousand seven-hundred visitors have viewed my excerpt.  All good stuff right? If that's true, why the hell am I so insecure? I suppose it's because I'm putting myself out there. It's tough to do, especially with such stiff competition. 

This said, if any of you are interested, I posted my link below.  If …