Wednesday 5 June 2024

IWSG June 2024

Time for our monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group! Hosted as ever by Alex J. Cavanaugh, the aim of the group is to offer a safe space where writers can share doubts and insecurities without fear of being judged. This month's co-hosts are Liza at Middle PassagesShannon LawrenceMelissa Maygrove and Olga Godim.

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

This is a great question and for me, it kind of answers itself - I think the clue is in "constantly evolving". In an industry of fleeting trends and new platforms popping up every other week, the IWSG should offer stability, continuity and above all, a warm hug to its members and it's already doing that in spades. It definitely feels like the last bastion of the old school blogging age and that's no bad thing, we can all gather once a month and arm ourselves with solid advice and support, get a laugh or two, before going out and continuing to plough our furrow in whatever way seems best at the time. That image of the beacon shining on the lighthouse is so well chosen. Something unchanging and reassuring. 

So what have I been up to? Well, I continue on my querying journey for my DNA transitioning story. No requests yet, but hopefully getting close! I was lucky enough to get a critique from an agent and I also got my query letter, synopsis and Chapter 1 looked over on QTcritique, the community offered on Query Tracker. The feedback was definitely a mixed bag - some reviews are very perfunctory, while others go into great detail - but it's good for showing up common threads where a majority of readers think something needs work. I've implemented a lot of changes and am hopeful going into round 2 of querying.

What do you think the IWSG should offer members? Have you tried QTcritique? As ever, check out more responses from other IWSGers here. See you next month!