Wednesday, November 05, 2014

IWSG First Wednesday!



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Hello all, blog hopping is in full swing today with our own Ninja Captain in charge and his co-hosts who always help lighten his load. This month's co-hosts are LG Keltner, Donna Hole, me and SL Hennessy! Please visit their blogs and the others participating. I hope you find something that helps you in your time of need or gives you something to cheer about.
Okay, this year November is all about nerves. Yes, I’m putting together a marketing strategy, something I’ve never done before, and, there is entirely TMI (too much information) out there on the Internet to slog through to see what is real and who is just trying to scam me, poor schlep that I am in this game.
http://nanowrimo.org
And just to make matters more nervy, I’m participating in NaNoWriMo again!!! On that front I'm very happy, even though I’m nervous about making my deadlines throughout the month.
I am also happy, though nervous, that I’ve taken on extra blogging duties for the next year. I’m really looking forward to it (a challenge of the greatest fun!), but jittery about getting everything done that needs to be done (I don’t know what my “duties” are yet) and being there for others who are counting on me.
So, I guess this means I’m going to make a schedule for myself and stick to it. I know of no other way to “keep calm and succeed” in all I mean to do.
http://www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com/
Okay, I’m done whining. Thank you for “listening” to me and for visiting. I’m not so great at responding to comments, but if you’ll please leave one, I’ll come by your blog and leave a comment for you!

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64 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to host the November IWSG. I'm exhausted just reading about what you plan to do in the next year. I signed up for NaNoWriMo again, too. It is addicting.

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  2. Hi Lisa - it's great you're stretching yourself ... and it'll be a pleasure to see you around. Good luck with the marketing plan and for doing Nano .. then those extra duties ... cheers and lots of success ahead ... Hilary

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  3. I agree TMI on the info and you have to be selective, because some is just repetitive, or not very helpful. Good luck on the routine. I signed up for NaNo, but have not written a word yet, except world build and character build. I am struggling with inspiration for some reason. It is not that I do not love my story, but am caught somehow in emotional ambiguity about everything lately. Working to push myself out of it and just write. Best of Luck.
    Juneta at Writer's Gambit

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  4. New blogging duties and NaNoWriMo will keep you pretty busy. Here's to a busy and fulfilling month to you! Cheers! I know you can do it. And thanks for co-hosting!

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  5. Wow talk about having a full plate. I do wish you the best of luck. One step at a time and it'll get done or mostly done :)

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  6. I dislike marketing, but nowadays it must be done. I wish you luck. Setting goals and making a schedule is a good thing. Good Luck!

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  7. Yeah, I just can't do NaNoWriMo - way too much pressure there, but for those who can seize the moment, I have nothing but admiration.

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  8. Whining. Hah! I know what you mean about new duties. I recently committed to contribute to a new blog regularly, and although it looks like a great opportunity, I wonder if I've dug my own grave. =) I have a hard time keeping up as is! But you never know what awesomeness will come unless you take a leap of faith, eh? (Same goes with marketing--and good luck with that!)

    Unleashing the Dreamworld

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  9. You have taken on a lot! (Welcome to my world.) But we'll both manage.
    Thanks for co-hosting today.

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  10. Good luck with your marketing plan! There's a lot of information out there but you pretty much just have to try a few things and see what works for you. And good luck with NaNoWriMo:)

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  11. The marketing monkey always is hanging on our backs, isn't it? That's a tough one but scheduling can really help. And that's my weakness, scheduling (unless it's fly fishing, then yes, I'm all over it!) Congrats on taking on NaNo and the new challenges. Tough to do when there's lots on the horizon. You'll get it all in place and rock it, I'm sure. Thanks for the co-host this month.

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  12. Having a plan and sticking to it sounds like the way to go. That almost never works for me. I plan with good intentions but life gets in the way and there goes the plan. Good luck with NaNo

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  13. Ah, a full schedule. Love those. :)

    Can't do NaNo this year - hip deep in edits / ending rewrite of my novel releasing in Jan. Also have one coming out in Feb. AND I've got 3 little ones who don't allow much 'me' time. I feel your pain.

    Keep on keeping on...

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  14. Marketing is tough, but being willing to try new things can help. Good luck with NaNo!

    Thanks for co-hosting!

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  15. I always find that writing lists helps - eventually the thing you really don't want to do either ends up as the only thing left, so you have to face it or becomes unnecessary if you leave it long enough!

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  16. Meeting commitments, even commenting back, can build confidence elsewhere. Be jittery, enjoy the unknown. It in itself can be inspirational. I feel like I'm spewing greeting card gibberish. Anyway. I get it. It's the life. :-)

    There I go again. hehehe

    Anna from Shout with Emaginette

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  17. I hope you find a schedule and a rhythm that keeps you motivated, and not overwhelmed. Thanks for co-hosting IWSG this month!
    Play off the Page

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  18. I don't blame you for being nervous. That's a lot to take on, but hopefully getting everything on a schedule will keep things running smoothly. I know if I don't have a schedule, I'm lost and nothing gets done. Good luck with it all and thanks for co-hosting IWSG!

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  19. You have a lot on your plate but I feel you can do it. One can find so much now that it cane be too much. In the end trust your gut-choose the ones that helps best and go from there

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  20. The idea of putting together a marketing plan even gives me the chills. Good luck with it and Nanoing and everything else!

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  21. Thank you for co-hosting!

    I'm trying to figure out a schedule too. It can be difficult to do. Especially for someone like me who went from being too rigid to too fly by the seat of my pants. I'm confident we'll both find the right balance.

    Elsie

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  22. Sounds like your writing hands are full!
    Don't worry.
    We will get you through it!
    Thanks for co-hosting.
    Heather

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  23. The idea of marketing is so much scarier to me than the publishing part. Good luck! Thanks for co-hosting!

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  24. I feel your worry about marketing plans. Good luck with your full plate. *shakes pompoms* You can do it! =D

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  25. Hi Lisa! Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month! I, too, am struggling with finding a schedule and a rhythm. Things are always happening to trash both. I'm wishing you luck as you look for balance in handling your responsibilities.

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  26. Doesn't sound much like whining to me. You're happy. That sounds pretty wonderful to these ears. The momentum will return, don't you worry.

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  27. I've learned the hard way that so many marketing 'helpers' are more interested in your cash than spearheading your book's sales programs. I've read a lot about marketing but most of it hasn't sunk in. What I really need is to sit beside someone who helps me plot out a strategy and instructs me on the mechanics of it all. I'm wishing you great success and look forward to hearing about your experiences.

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  28. I find putting a schedule forth definitely helps. Good luck with NaNoWriMo. I have never been brave enough to take it on!

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  29. Good luck with all this! I love NaNo and am participating myself. I am good on short term schedules, but not organized enough to plan real far out...

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  30. Hi from a fellow co-host. You sound busy, busy, busy! Good luck with everything and keep up the hard work!

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  31. Your nerves are understandable as that's a lot to fit in. Organisation and the schedule will see you through though, so enjoy the challenges.

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  32. Good luck with NaNo. NaNo taught me that I change my plot lines too much during writing to get anything finished in a month. No matter how much I plot things out beforehand, as soon as I begin writing, the outline totally changes.

    Thanks for co-hosting this month's IWSG!

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  33. First, thanks so much for co-hosting this month. We all appreciate that you're taking time out of your already hectic schedule to be here for us. We're going to get through NaNo together; I'm going on the site later today to double check how the friending works. I know a few people buddied me, but I'm still confused. I'll look for you once I figure it out.

    Once you perfect your marketing strategy, which I know you will, I will be coming to you for some lessons! :) Much love, Eva

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  34. November seems to inspire more than just novel writing in authors. Good luck with all your duties.

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  35. Good luck! Sounds like you have a full plate but are up to the challenge!

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  36. There really is not right or wrong way to market. Do what feels right to you. Good luck with NaNo and your blogging duties! :)

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  37. Good luck with NaNo and all of your other commitments!

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  38. Have fun with NaNo. Schedules help me keep better organized because I'm really bad at that. Very nice to meet you. Thanks for posting on my blog.

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  39. Best wishes with your new endeavors! You'll get there. Thank you for hosting IWSG!

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  40. Hi Lisa, thanks for co-hosting the IWSG this month! Sounds like you DO have a lot going on. I was getting overwhelmed just reading it all. :)

    Good luck with NaNo, unfortunately, I decided not to do it this year. I want to focus on querying instead. Thanks for stopping by my blog! :)

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  41. A marketing plan? We're supposed to make marketing plans? LOL Good luck with that and with NaNo. Thanks for hosting this month.

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  42. Thank you for co-hosting this month and for visiting my blog. Good luck with NaNo! It's a huge challenge, but I have no doubt that you'll achieve all your goals for November.

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  43. NaNo and marketing, you're ambitious! Good luck with NaNo! Thanks for co-hosting.

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  44. Hi, Lisa,
    Having a schedule and sticking to it is important. That's half the battle won.

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  45. NaNo is such a huge challenge, and I admire everyone who can do it! I'm thinking about trying to finish a first draft in two months, which would be huge for lil' o' me. =)

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  46. Seems like a lot of people are in marketing mode right now. I wish you the best with it. I just finished a 31 day challenge and while I'll be rooting everyone on, I will not be participating in Nano. I hope you find some enjoyingment with whatever your new blogging duties are, even when they get a bit overwhelming. Thank for co-hosting this month.

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  47. Good luck with your new endeavors.
    Thanks for co-hosting. :)

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  48. Best of luck! You'll make it!

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  49. Hey, do let us know how the marketing goes. I'd love some tips as I am planning to launch a novel soon. Happy Nanowrimo! I'll see you there :)

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  50. Sounds like you're very busy! GL with your blogging!
    lucindawhitney.com

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  51. At least you're a happy nervous, right? That's better than a terrified nervous, or a sad nervous. Best of luck with everything!

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  52. Good luck with November's NaNoWriMo! You can do it! :)

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  53. Hey Lisa,

    You can now relax. Your wait for my comment is over! :) Yep, it took me until gone two in the morning, but I'm here.

    A marketing strategy sounds encouraging. Penny the Jack Russell dog, acclaimed "pawblisher" and jolly good little animal, is most pleased to know this.

    Thank you for co-hosting "IWSG" aka "I Was Seeking Gary." My ego cannot take much more. As for NaNo, um thanks, but NoNo! :)

    Have a lovely weekend, dear Lisa.

    Gary

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  54. Hi Lisa!
    Stretching yourself is a good idea. It leads to growth.
    Good luck with NaNo. I've never participated. The thought of writing 1.700 words every day is still a bit daunting for a slow writer like myself. But that may be subject to change...one day...who knows?
    Thank you for co-hosting the IWSG this month.

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  55. Definitely love the Keep Calm and Succeed motto!!! WOW on your commitments.Hoping it doesn't get too overwhelming for you. I have several goals on hold for the moment because of a family matter.

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  56. Good luck on your NaNo. And yes, do be careful as your marketing goes forward. :)

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  57. Best with NaNo. Slay it! If I can be of any use to you about marketing, shoot me an email.

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  58. I seriously love you. You're amazing, girl. And I'm still SO impressed you're doing NaNo… gaaaaah… HUGE… And marketing? I'm clueless. :)

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  59. Hi Lisa! Just wanted to pop in and say how excited I am to be co-hosting the A to Z Challenge together with you next year.

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  60. I'm enjoying NaNo and looking forward to making my word count.
    Also looking forward to working with you on the A-Z team.

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  61. Just popping in here to wish you best of luck with the challenges esp the A-Z, read about it on the A-Z blog. Keep calm and succeed seems a good way to go.
    Best,
    Nilanjana.

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  62. Hi Lisa. Came by to see how your NaNo is going. Also would love it if you could find the time to pop over to my blog and share a few lines from your latest!! First draft lines!! What are you Writing? is the question...

    My NaNo is limping along.

    Denise :)

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  63. All the best for the Nano, and the AZ co-hosting! You'll rock both, I'm sure :)

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