Insecure Writer's Support Group: Post-Publication Jitters

Happy August!

Thank you, as always, to Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating this group, and the many co-hosts who help him sift through our anxieties each month. Please visit his page, where you can also find links to this month's co-hosts, and stop by the Insecure Writer's Support Group page to visit other insecure writers and/or join us!

So, my anxiety this month is how well Fractured Princess will do now that it's out in the world! I already have a good Goodreads review, and that's the last time I will look at reviews for it. It was just exciting to see that someone I'm not related to loves the book.

I'm also hoping that my other works will live up FP. I've focused on this book for SO long, and I'm just hoping I can 1) finish the sequel, 2) write more works NOT related to it, and 3) be successful in doing all of that. I know that writer's fraud syndrome will kick in soon. I just don't want it to weigh me down. FP is just the beginning! And that's scary.

Each month, we're given an optional question to answer. This month's question is: Has your writing ever taken you by surprise? For example, a positive and belated response to a submission you'd forgotten about or an ending you never saw coming?

YES! I've said it before: when I first started writing FP, the dynamics of the character relationships were much different. Jonnie and Cyan barely had one besides Watchman and watch, but as the revisions started rolling in, they became brother and sister with a strong relationship and bond that shines in the foreground. I never would've imagined years ago their journey the way it ended up in the published book, and now I can't imagine the story without it!

What about your writing?


  1. Congrats on your publication! I'll add Fractured Princess to my list in next month's post. What an interesting development with your characters - it is amazing how they change and grow with the writing process. Hang in there and just wave off that fraud stuff - you've got some great stories waiting to be written.

  2. Congrats on the publication! It's probably a good idea to stay away from reviews, even though I'm sure it's tempting...
    I definitely worry about writing stuff that isn't related to my current book. Maybe that's why I'm taking so long to write it, not sure what I'll do when I'm done!

  3. Congratulations! If it helps, we all go through that. All we can do is soldier forth.

  4. Congratulations on the publication and the good review! You are on your way now! :)

  5. Congratulations on birthing your book baby! I love the cover.

  6. There's always that doubt when you put a book out. Here's hoping it does well, but most importantly congratulations on writing it and publishing it!

  7. Congrats on your new book! If you're interested, I have a blog where I feature indie and small press authors (for free):

  8. Sounds like you've been doing really good with this novel. As far as anxieties about future works go, it's best just to stop worrying and just enjoy the act of writing keeping in mind that because you published well before you can do it again.

  9. Congrats on putting yourself out there. I love the title of the book.

    Randomly found your blog through IWSG.

    1. Thank you! I just finished eating powdered biscuits lol

  10. Love the art on this page and congrats on reaching that huge publishing milestone!