Wednesday, October 7, 2020

IWSG & Working Writers

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Purpose: 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 safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds! 

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October 7 question - When you think of the term working writer, what does that look like to you? What do you think it is supposed to look like? Do you see yourself as a working writer or aspiring or hobbyist, and if latter two, what does that look like?

For me, a working writer is one who has moved past the hobby stage. I think a working writer is actively planning to publish or has already published a book and has plans to write multiple books to publish.

I spent the better part of a decade learning the craft, finding my voice, deciding on the age group and genre I wanted to write, and dodging life's curveballs. During that time I didn't consider myself a working writer.

Once I published Dancing With Dementia in March, I felt like a writer but not a working writer.

Now that the Bloo Moose series is on the loose and growing I definitely would consider myself a working writer. I plan on growing the series and have plans for at least 2 more series I'd love to write within the romance/romantic suspense world. I also have some SF I'd like to try but I think I'll stay on-brand for the foreseeable future.

How about you? Is your definition similar to mine? Are you a working writer? Do you have plans that are bigger than your time to achieve them? Anyone else write in series?

PS: Reaching For Balance (Bloo Moose #4) releases on Tuesday, October 13. It is currently available for preorder for $0.99. It will pop up to regular price of $3.99 after release, so pick up your copy now!

PPS: If you want to try the series out, Reaching For Normal (Bloo Moose #1) is FREE at all retailers!

PPPS: Reaching For Christmas (Bloo Moose #5) releases on Tuesday, November 10. It is currently available for preorder for $0.99. Its price will pop up to $3.99 after release as well.






49 comments:

  1. That's great you have so many books planned.

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    1. My brain is a bit of a crowded place at times :)

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  2. You should've felt like a writer with Tick Tock. That was some stiff competition but yours was one of the best stories.

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    1. You're so right! I was only thinking of 2020. Tick Tock was a HUGE step for me!!

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  3. My definition is a lot like yours. And I'd say that you are definitely a working writer.

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    1. Thanks! I'm definitely feeling like I'm working! :)

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  4. Hi,
    I considered you as a working writer with Dancing with Dementia. You did a great job with that book.
    All the best.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat Garcia

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    1. Thanks so much, Pat. DWD will always be the book of my heart!

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  5. Yup you're definitely a working writer!

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  6. I definitely have plans that are bigger than my time to achieve them. But that's part of the fun, right? :)

    I preordered my copies of #4 & #5. So excited for you!!

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    1. EEK - I mean Yay!! Thank you!
      It's always scary when people read our stuff! :)
      Big plans are the most fun for sure!

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  7. I love your series of romance novels! I've been having a lot of fun reading them, and I really appreciated Dancing with Dementia - I needed to read it since I have aging parents.
    I've pre-ordered and I'm reading to read more. :)
    Congrats!

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    1. You made my day!! Thanks so much, Tyrean!
      DWD will always be my "heart" book - it's such an important topic!

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  8. Yes. Planning to publish does take you out of any hobby area. So exciting to see how you're rolling out your great romance series! Big cheer.

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    1. Thanks, Lee!! It's fun (and terrifying) to have my stories out in the wild!

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  9. I'm enjoying reading everyone's definition of a working writer:) Love the title Dancing With Dementia!

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    1. It's fun to see how we all define it!
      DWD works because my mom has always loved to dance and we sure had to learn to dance around the steps of the disease!

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  10. You are a frantically busy writer. Working doesn't even begin to cover it. Loud applause from here.

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Definitely busy over in my corner of the world, but having a ton of fun!!

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    1. Thanks, Anna!!! So sweet of you to say - I'm having so much fun with it!

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  12. It sounds like you're a working writer with how you have everything planned.

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    1. LOL - we'll see how Life helps me keep up with the plan!

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  13. I have a series of standalones all set on the Texas Gulf Coast plus the Gracie trilogy which will sometime soon become the Gracie and Friends series with a new book. And another series also currently in the works. So I have two series with firmly created worlds and one with a loosely connected setting for continuity. All are loosely in the mystery genre, just different facets of it. I love writing and I can't imagine not being a writer.

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    1. Gracie and Friends!!! I'm wonderfully intrigued!
      I can't imagine not writing either!

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  14. I like your definition of a working writer. It's cool that you have so much planned for your writing. Congrats on your release and thanks for the discounts.

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    1. So many plans ... so little time! One step at a time :)
      Thanks!!

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  15. I think getting published, especially by someone else: a magazine, and anthology, even a newspaper (like me) qualifies you as a working writer.

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    1. Good point. Getting my first story published in the Tick Tock anthology was a HUGE moment for me!

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  16. I hope you're doing super well with your Bloo Moose romances. I've loved them all!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynda! I've got another one heading your way soon!

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  17. I like your definition of a working writer :-) Happy writing!

    Ronel visiting on IWSG day Revamp Your Backlist

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  18. Hope you manage to get your books written.

    Yvonne.

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  19. You have wonderful plans Jemi. I wish you luck with the 'working writer' life!
    Sonia from https://soniadogra.com

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    1. Thanks :) The trick is going to be to live up to them! But it'll be fun to try!

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  20. You said it simply. Beautifully. A working writer is past the hobby stage. Well done!

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  21. Blue Moose on the loose. Love it. Great blurb right there.

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    1. Thanks, Stephen! It's a fun series to write so the blurb fits! :)

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  22. I agree with your definition. So glad you have so many stories in the planning stages. My mind whirls with new ideas, too. Making the time to write (and finding the energy to write) is my problem. It will come. As will yours. Good luck.

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    1. I love having the stories walking around in my head vying for dominance :)
      Hope things are looking up on your end!

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  23. I'm thrilled for you! I can't wait to read the next one in the series. And I have a review to prepare!

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    1. And I've got a new story winging your way in short order! :)

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  24. Jemi, you're definitely a working writer. I don't think there's any criteria especially. I haven't majorly published, but I've been writing hard and learning hard for many years.

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    1. I agree - it's up to each person to define for themselves! You definitely qualify!

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  25. I like that your definition is so specific to yourself. And that you spent so much time figuring it out. I think this Why question is unique to every writer. The journey is unique, even if the outcome isn't.

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