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Wednesday, June 5, 2024

"Groups" and Therapy? IWSG June 2024


Welcome to IWSG Day. The goal of this blog hop 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 haven for insecure writers of all kinds. IWSG is the brainchild of our fearless ninja leader Alex Cavanaugh. Co-hosts for the June posting of the IWSG are  Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, Olga Godim and ME! To read other contributors, click here.

This month’s optional question: In this constantly evolving industry, what kind of offering/service do you think the IWSG should consider offering to members?

I’m being a smart-aleck here, but personally, I’d go for a rejection therapy group! While I’m pretty good at taking no for an answer, it’s ugly when you finally talk yourself into querying again, send out four queries, get one immediate "no," wait for a while, and then receive two rejections on the same day. Yes, I can do the math. When I sent the fourth one, the instructions said there would be an automatic confirmation receipt, but one never appeared in my inbox (or my "trash," and yes I looked), so who knows if it ever made it? How about a power of positive thinking group, too, in which we repeat  mantra’s like, at least three out of four responded, and aren’t I glad those queries were for an older project (as I gear up to start querying my newest one)?

I know the drill. Two rejections means it’s time to send out two more. Ugh.

All kidding aside, I peruse the IWSG site to find information on agents, publishing, and querying. I’ve taken part in IWSG Twitter pitches, and weekly posts by various members often provide helpful tidbits.

I do wonder if IWSG might offer a means through which like-writers can identify each other in order to develop small, interactive groups for reading and critiquing ongoing work. Back in the dark ages, I became a member of an online writing group that I think was formed through IWSG, but it faded into oblivion. Of course, anyone seeking to create or join a group could always shout out in a monthly post “Hey, I’m looking for X number of writers for regular reading and critiquing of XYZ genre,” but perhaps there’s a way to come up with something more curated?

In a similar vein, writers are often looking for beta readers. I’ve found some of mine through IWSG in the past, but they've been people with whom I’ve already developed “blogging” relationships. Again, individual posts by IWSG members expressing the need for beta readers would probably work, but perhaps a list of members willing to read, their qualifications and genre would be helpful?

Regardless, I want to call out Alex and all the administrators to express my thanks for continuing to pursue ways through which IWSG may help writers grow.