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Monday, February 17

Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes / Vlog

Welcome to a FLAMING edition of my vlog here on Write with Fey!

In the first video, I share the fiery memories from my childhood, which I added to Flaming Crimes.

In the second video, I talk about my first experience with fire.

In the second video, I read an excerpt.


Real-Life Memories in Flaming Crimes

Length: 12:59

My First Experience with Fire

Length: 6:44

Author Reading of Flaming Crimes

Length: 4:32


SHARE: Your experience with fire.

Feel free to comment on my blog and/or on these videos on YouTube. To go the video's YouTube page, click on the title located on the video.

Wednesday, February 5

Dear “I’m Still a Nobody” Author / IWSG

We recently had a poll up for our February/March 2020 fiction book selection demonstrating characterization. The top two books tied. Instead of the book club moderators voting for one selection, we've decided to do something different and have TWO book options for you to choose from.

The Lovely Bones

Chill Factor

Discussion Day is March 25.

You DO NOT have to read both books unless you truly want to.

As a matter of fact, you don't have to read either one, but as always we encourage you to try or to join in on the discussion regardless.

Having two options provides more opportunities for us to learn and expand our skills, and it allows more members to participate, so we are excited about this.

We won't do this every time with our fiction book reading period, but if voting is close, we may allow our members to choose which of the top two books they want to read.

We will have open discussions with a few optional questions for The Lovely Bones and Chill Factor on March 25. We will pay both books equal attention.

The Insecure Writer's Support Group is a safe place for insecure writers of all kinds.

Dear “I’m Still a Nobody” Author,

Boy, do I know how that feels. I have said these words many times. “I’m still a nobody!” I bet nearly every author has said that at least once. That phrase, that criticism, that expectation, that wish would lead me down the dark tunnel of depression again and again. But once I looked past myself, I realized that I’m in an ark full of authors who feel the same way, authors who are literally in the same boat as me.

Do you know the average number of books that are self-published each year?

There was a record number of over 1 Million books self-published in 2017, according to Bowker.

What about the number of new books published each year?

According to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, 2.2 Million new titles are published worldwide each year, and that data is from 2013!

With that many books coming out into the world every year, plus more, no doubt, it’s going to be hard to get our books noticed. Yes, even if we have 10 books published! The market is over-saturated with books, and social media is full of authors posting promos, so that means most readers will not know who we are.

Now-a-days, authors who self-publish or who are published by small presses are known by much smaller numbers, most likely in the circles they network in (blogging, local writer meetings), groups they are members of online, and/or events they frequently attend as featured authors.

What I realized was that I needed to be thankful for the readers I did have because they are awesome and I wouldn’t be where I am without them (that’s why I created my Reader Group on Facebook: Fey’s Sparklers). I also get out more locally, which has gotten me new readers, plus more confidence through experience.

Saying you’re “a nobody” is highly negative, and the universe is listening when you say that. Instead, say “I’m somebody!”

While you’re at it, express your gratitude to the people who do know who you are (everyone who follows you on social media and everyone you know in real life).

And please don’t forget that you are in excellent company the next time you think you’re an unknown author. We can cry about it or we can accept it and move on (keep writing, keep believing, keep dreaming…and keep publishing). I hope you choose the latter. <3 

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