IWSG – What’s Next

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Happy November! Can you believe the year is almost over. Man it’s been a long one for sure. The weather is turning cooler here which is nice. I like to get cozy under blankets and relax. But you aren’t here to talk about weather and winter month survival. It’s time for another IWSG post.

This has been a different year for me. I set out to work off a self-imposed release schedule and actually had a loose semblance of a plan. Somehow I managed to write, edit, and publish three books. That’s the most I’ve ever put out in a single year. And it took a lot out of me. The stress was real! But with my squad cheering me on and being a constant source of support, I made it.

Now, as the title of the blog suggests, I’ve been in no-man’s recovery land since book 3 was released on Sept. 22. I’m not sure what’s next for me. I have the inklings of a new story idea. It’s been percolating in the back of my mind for a little while now. On top of getting back to the actual writing of the story, I have been thinking about how I would like to publish it.

I’m 99.9% indie with only 2 books with publishers. However, after this year I’ve been thinking of going back and jumping on the submission train again. Being indie isn’t easy or cheap. LOL Everyone has a different level of what they consider expensive or inexpensive when it comes to this business and for *me* 2021 was an expensive year for book production. There are plenty of talented authors who can also make their own covers and/or have ways to barter services to cut down on the editing costs. 

I am not that author.

I have to outsource for the two most expensive parts of being an indie: covers and editing. On top of that money was spent for promotions such as blog tours, I ran ads, and I even managed to land my first Bookbub deal. My pocketbook needs a break. Especially since I know I’ve not yet recouped what I spent so this will be another year where I end in the red. 

Submitting to publishers helps alleviate some of the costs. And while I’m all for that, I pause because:

1) Do I really want to give up all the control? I wouldn’t have final say in my cover. I would have no control over when I put the books on sale *if* I wanted them to be on sale.

2) Do I want to go through with the stress of doing a query and synopsis? That’s the devil, worse than blurb writing 

3) Am I that patient? Traditional publishing moves slower because they have more people to juggle. The idea of my finished project not seeing the light of day for months or longer when I know it could be out in the world faster if I self-pubbed makes me question my life choices.

Are those “cons” outweighing the “pro” which is saving my upfront money costs? It’s a question I’ll have to keep asking myself, though none are super important as the story in question hasn’t even been written yet. 

That’s it, as I continue to relax in my downtime, I have to figure out what’s next and how I want my 2022 writing year to look. 

For added fun, I’m answering this month’s optional question:

What’s harder to do, coming up with your book title or writing the blurb?

For me, titles are WAY easier to come up with. I typically have the title before the story gets started. The one I’ve been mentioning in the above post that’s been just hanging out in my head already has a title. I haven’t written a single word as of yet, but I know what it’ll be called.

Blurbs…yeah I will never understand how I can write an entire book yet can’t find a way to sum it up in 200 or so words that would make it enticing enough for people to want to buy. I struggle each and every time and usually have to crowdsource my squad for feedback before I come up with something passable. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving if you celebrate.

Until next time


The Insecure Writer’s Support Group is a home for writers in all stages; from unpublished to bestsellers. Our goal is to offer assistance and guidance. We want to help writers overcome their insecurities, and by offering encouragement we are creating a community of support.

The awesome co-hosts for the November 3 posting of the IWSG are Kim Lajevardi, Victoria Marie Lees, Joylene Nowell Butler, Erika Beebe, and Lee Lowery!

11 thoughts on “IWSG – What’s Next

    • Meka James says:

      Yes. I’m very clear in my expectations of what a publisher will do for me as far as marketing and all that goes. The saving of the upfront cash would be a big stress relief on top of everything else. Three books was a lot *for me* so time to re-evaluate for sure.

      thanks for stopping by


  1. nancygideon says:

    I hear you, Meka! I’m in the same boat. I was traditionally published for years until I wanted to write outside the currently popular mode. Then it was off to self pub. Thankfully, I have a great squad to provide many of the prepub services that make an author go broke. Like you, I’m about to attempt the trad pub route again. Wishing us both luck!!

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    • Julia Quay says:

      Thank you for the compare/contrast, Meka! Very helpful, especially since I’ve recently heard mostly praise for the indie side of things. Thinking I will stick with traditional publishers first, then indie on over if it doesn’t go well.

      Of course, I have to finish the thing first!

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      • Meka James says:

        You’re welcome, Julia. I try to be as straight as I can when I talk about my journey and everything. Don’t get me wrong, I love the freedom of being indie, but man it’s not easy. You wear all the hats and it’s not something everyone wants to do. Gotta find a path that suits you and your needs at the time.

        best of luck and thanks for stopping by

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    • Meka James says:

      Oh man, I’m glad you have a good squad of people that can help offset those costs. I’ve been dabbling in trying to figure out covers for myself. I have a few folks who are into graphic design that have been trying to help. If I can get rid of one of the big costs that would help.

      Good luck with going trad again!!! May the query process go smooth.

      thanks for stopping by

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  2. Tanya Miranda says:

    Three books! That’s impressive. I can write three first drafts in a year, but doing the whole revision/editing/reviewing/marketing/promoting cycle for 3 books in a single year?!?!? You’re a beast! I’m sooooo taking notes….

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    • Meka James says:

      Thank you. It’s the most I’ve done in a single year. I know others can and do produce more, but everyone operates at a different level. Having a support squad helped me keep on track with my goals for the year, but it was stressful LOL

      thanks for stopping by

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  3. HeidiAngell says:

    The beauty of our modern world is you can choose to do both indie and trad publishing. No harm in having a few books in one camp and a few in another to help ease the costs. I say that, and yet I run into the same struggle of wanting to control everything which is why I’m still going the indie route though I long to consider trad again one day….. We shall see.

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