IWSG is posted the first Wednesday of every month, but I'm posting early this month. Explanation is below with my writing goals. It is the brain child of Ninja Captain Alex J. Cavanaugh. Get your fears and insecurities out or give words of encouragement. We're writers, let's support each other!
This month's co-hosts are Tamara Narayan, Pat Hatt, Juneta Key, Doreen McGettigan, and ME!
Before I get into the meat of my post, I'd like to remind everyone that the #IWSGPit Twitter pitch party is July 27th. You can check out the IWSG site for more details.
Before I get to the question of the month, I'd like to air my insecurities, mainly about newsletters. This is my second attempt at one, and I've finally got ideas on what to include, but how the heck do I get people to sign up?
Look, I know it's there's not a secret trick to it. Everyone struggles to get sign ups the same way authors struggle to sell books. And I've heard the advice to offer a giveaway, and while I'm doing that next week, damn, does it feel like bribery.
So maybe it's not the newsletters that got me insecure, it's the fact it feels like to get any traction, you have to bribe people. It feels sleazy. Like my writing isn't good enough, so I have to resort to trickery. And yeah, I know that's not true, but since when do insecurities listen to truth?
July's optional Question: What is one valuable lesson you've learned since you started writing?
This is an easy answer for me: Learning to ask for help. I'm very shy and introverted and often believe no one will want to help me, so getting the courage to ask for help is always a big thing. It always surprises me when people say yes. (Of course, it's less surprising when I never hear back from someone after that first yes. >.<)
PS: You should totally sign up for my newsletter. (Had to throw it in here after talking about it. =P
PPS: Thanks for letting me host again, Alex!
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