Insecure Writer's Support Group Day and Canada Day

Today is Insecure Writer's Support Group Day!

This month's question: There have been many industry changes in the last decade, so what are some changes you would like to see happen in the next decade?

That's a difficult question to answer!
Greater transparency in the financial aspects of publishing would be nice. Better ways of handling authors who are self-published and traditionally published at the same time.
Some way of providing a bit more commentary from agents to authors on rejections would be a bonus, especially for those rejections that are solely based on not having a current market or easily identifiable genre. It would be a great help to know whether one was being rejected based on marketing or on the writing quality!

The awesome co-hosts for the 1 July posting of the IWSG are Jenni Enzor, Beth Camp, Liesbet, Tyrean Martinson, and Sandra Cox!

Today is also Canada Day!

Just in time, Jemi Fraser has some new releases, coming on 21 July: the Bloo Moose romances!

And Leah Mercer also has a new book coming: Ten Little Words

For anyone who wants to read a bit of the history of Montreal, Robert Wilkins has a very detailed blog!

And from the other side of the country, Pulp Literature magazine is hosting live Fridays with various authors.

The most recent episode featured Robin Malcolm, recent winner of the Surrey International Writers' Conference writing contest:

Are you celebrating the Fourth of July or any other holidays this month?


Sandra Cox said…
Happy Canada Day!
Feedback from agents and editors alike would be a huge plus.
Wishing you a July filled with productive writing and great books.
R's Rue said…
Happy Canada Day.
Jemi Fraser said…
What a great surprise!!! Thanks so much for mentioning Bloo Moose - you're the best! I'm so excited for the books to be out and about. Terrified too, of course, but excited!
Happy Canada Day to you as well :)
Yes, a little feedback would be nice.
A Lady Lawyer said…
Happy Canada Day! Those are some good ideas and I hope they’re implemented in the coming decade.
Happy Canada Day! I really appreciate it when editors send me feedback. Even one comment on one area can make a huge difference.
Chrys Fey said…
Greater transparency - Yes! And a big yes to better commentary between agents and authors on rejections. That would be so helpful.
Jeff said…
Happy Canada Day!
Fundy Blue said…
Happy Canada Day and Happy IWSG Day! Great ideas, for sure.
dolorah said…
Would be nice to know why a book was rejected so authors can improve.
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks so much, all!
Joanna Weston said…
Happy Canada Day! (Well, a day late, now). I agree that greater transparency on the financial aspects would be lovely. Did you see the twitter tag #publishingpaidme? It was pretty eye opening.
Damyanti said…
Feedback does help.
Sandra Cox said…
Just stopped by to say hey.
Hope your muse is whispering in your ear.
Steph W. said…
Feedback is so valuable. It is especially valuable if it comes from someone who is knowledgeable, and not just random individuals.
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Denise Covey said…
Happy Canada Day Deniz. It's great that in these times, writers have been busy.
Hope you had a great 01st July celebration. 😎
With regards to changes? From an educational perspective, I’d like to see more of a three-way collaboration with authors, libraries and schools. It would go a long way in helping to combat the literacy problems in our country.
Hi Deniz - you've a lot going on this year ... so all the best - and yes we just need a fairer approach to authors lives. Hope you and the family had a wonderful Canada Day ... I remember it well ... I've been there for two! Stay safe - Hilary
Deniz Bevan said…
Thanks, everyone!