Monday, December 1, 2014

IWSG Benefits Writers Who In Turn Help Readers

The Insecure Writer's Support Group to Publishing and Beyong CoverI am forever indebted and in awe of writers. Without wonderful authors there would be no fascinating stories to take me on magical trips to faraway lands, mysterious worlds and even to small towns just like where I live.

For that reason I’m thrilled to be helping make everyone aware of a new book the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG) has just released, The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond. To tell you more about the project, please join me in giving a warm welcome to bestselling author Alex J. Cavanaugh. Alex is founder of IWSG and a Ninja Captain that helps bloggers (writers and non-writers) throughout blogdom. Welcome, Alex.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group started as passion to bring writers together and provide support. From its humble beginnings in September 2011, the group has grown and expanded beyond all expectations. In addition to the monthly blog post members, we now have a website that’s a database of writing information and two Facebook groups with thousands of members. It’s benefited so many, and writers are always telling us how much they appreciate the group.

Which is why we wanted to put together something that would both benefit our members and feature them!

We put out the call for entries and over a hundred responded. Within these pages you’ll find expert advice on writing, publishing, and marketing.

Here’s a sample of some of the chapters:

     * Shelving Your Manuscript in Order to Grow by Elise Fallson
     * Tips on Making Your Dialogue Ring True by Cherie Colyer
     * Distribution Option for Your Book by L. Diane Wolfe
     * Perseverance and the Small Publisher Route by Medeia Sharif
     * How to Market Without Marketing by Lynda R. Young
     * Hot-Topic Marketing by Kim Van Sickler

There were so many amazing articles, and I feel all writers will benefit from the knowledge provided. So this isn’t just for the newbies – this is for any writer, no matter what stage of the journey.

The best part? The IWSG gets to give back to the writing community. And that’s what it’s all about.

Alex, thanks for sharing this information with us today. This is an awesome book for anyone for ever considered writing, as well as those already established in the business.

Here’s a bit more information about the book.

The Insecure Writer’s Support Group Guide to Publishing and Beyond
ISBN 9781939844088
235 pages, Free! (except Amazon where they’re trying to get them to price match).
        Tapping into the expertise of over a hundred talented authors from around the globe, The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond contains something for every writer. Whether you are starting out and need tips on the craft of writing, looking for encouragement as an already established author, taking the plunge into self-publishing, or seeking innovative ways to market and promote your work, this guide is a useful tool.
        Compiled into three key areas of writing, publishing, and marketing, this valuable resource offers inspirational articles, helpful anecdotes, and excellent advice on dos and don'ts that we all wish we knew when we first started out on this writing journey.

The IWSG Guide to Publishing and Beyond is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Kobo, and Goodreads.

Now for those of you not familiar with Alex, here’s a bit of background on him.

Alex J. Cavanaugh has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree and works in web design and graphics. He is experienced in technical editing and worked with an adult literacy program for several years. A fan of all things science fiction, his interests range from books and movies to music and games. Online he is the Ninja Captain and founder of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group. 

He’s the author of Amazon Best-Sellers CassaStar, CassaFire, and CassaStorm. His next book, Dragon of the Stars, comes out next April. The author lives in the Carolinas with his wife.

For more on Alex and his writing, visit his amazing website and connect with him on the IWSG site and Twitter.

To entice you more about this remarkable book, here’s a book trailer for your viewing pleasure.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. Did you already know about the IWSG? If so, what are your thoughts on it? If you’re an author, what are your thoughts on finding help from other authors?


  1. Mason, thanks again for featuring our book! May it be a blessing to many writers.

  2. The IWSG is a wonderful group! And this is a great resource for writers. Thanks to Alex for putting the group and book together and to Mason for hosting today.

  3. Thanks for hosting the book. We're happy it's finally available.

  4. I love the IWSG! I already have my copy of the book. Congrats to all the writers involved.

  5. Mason - Thanks for hosting Alex.

    Alex and team - Thanks for making this book available. It sounds like a terrific source of support.

  6. Thanks, Elizabeth! You've always been such a great supporter of the IWSG.

    Thanks, Christine!

  7. Thanks for featuring the book. The amount of wisdom in the book is amazing.

  8. Congrats to the IWSG team! Picking up a copy today. Looking forward to reading it!

  9. I can't wait to get my copy! So proud to be a part of it!

  10. Going to get my copy now. What an amazing collection of advice from an inspiring team of writers!

  11. WOOHOO! I know just about everyone in the book. I am thrilled to promote it. Picking up a copy as soon as I leave here. Thanks for spreading the word.

  12. Alex, I'm delighted to help promote this amazing book. Writers make the world go around so anything I can do to help, I'm happy to do so. Thanks everyone for stopping by.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and be sure to get a copy of this fantastic book.

  13. Karen, thanks and for the kind words as well!

    Robyn, you do know just about everyone!

    Thanks, Mason.

  14. Wow, a huge labor of love. How wonderful!

  15. I am seeing the guide everywhere today - which for my bookaholic self is wonderful. Go writers Go. And thanks (again) to Alex and the amazing team.

  16. I'm seeing the guide everywhere too! But, it's great that the book is getting recognition.

  17. I was not familiar with this book until today - Thanks AGAIN, Mason!!!

  18. I've just been reading about this. Sounds excellent.

  19. Charles, it was!

    Elephant, thank you.

    Clarissa, that's awesome to know.

    Kaye, it just came out - go grab a free copy!

  20. There are so many great articles and tips in there!

  21. A great group and a great project.


  22. Hi Mason .. I popped over and bought a copy .. but it's great news and so useful to have the book ... and isn't it amazing how many contributed .. cheers Hilary

  23. Thanks for hosting Alex and highlighting the IWSG book.
    It's an awesome collaborative project, which has made Alex's dream of a supportive writing community a wonderful reality!


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