Happy New Writing Year
We have a lot to cover here but it is all important.
On behalf of the Admin, I hope you’re all safely en route with your literary plans for the next few months. Yes, set yourself targets, have one or many Work In Progress (WIP), because it’s what we all do — but make those targets achievable. Don’t get yourself caught up competing with the output of a writer with more time on their hands than you can afford.
Many of our members are in jobs, have families, a chronic condition to live with, or have time-consuming responsibilities. We must all remember that we are there for each other, so what might be ‘availability’ for one person might be a fantasy to another. I realise to some of you guys those are obvious points, but I thought they were points worth making.
As you’ll have seen on joining us, we extend a warm welcome, but what makes it important is the sincerity. When we say we support and discuss, it’s because that is what we are about. If you have a headache over your new cover, the title, what to do regarding the point of view (POV), marketing strategy, or myriad other things — give us a shout. Start a thread on the IASD page and let it simmer for an hour or two.
We’ve successfully published a couple of anthologies within the group and you’ll see covers and links throughout this post. If you’d like to be involved, all you have to do is remain active; visit the IASD page regularly.
We followed this with another collection titled ‘Holes: An Indie Author Anthology’. This book was produced more as a general marketing tool to highlight the skills of the writers involved.
Sylva Fae, Paul Ian Cross, Suzanne Downes, and Kate Robinson collaborated to produce Children’s Christmas Collection. The cover for this seasonal venture was redesigned by Sylva’s young daughter Sienna because according to her the original cover ‘looked like a Christmas card a granny would send!’ I believe we have a great author in the making there. 🙂
The Silent Lands Chronicles is a collaboration between Susan Darlene Faw, Judith Docken and Sylva Fae under the pseudonym EA Darl.
Apart from the name of the group the first thing noticed by a visitor to our Facebook page is our Featured Author pinned post. It’s no accident that it’s called the Featured Author. It’s a prime location for any author and for this reason every member is eligible for the spot.
When I started organising this idea, I listed all of our (then 360) members and subjected the list to a randomiser. The top name was checked and if they were still a member they were contacted. The next year saw me using the Sociograph programme to see who was most active in the group. I have to say although this proved useful for last year, it precludes many members who are unable to get online regularly.
This year, I’m going to list every member who has initiated a thread or commented in the current month. All of the names will go into the randomiser, except members who have already been featured – of which I have a list. It will mean that all you have to do is be a current, active member of the group. (Having at least one book published would be good. 🙂 )
Why did I use ‘active’ in the previous paragraph? The admin team are always on the lookout for those who infiltrate our ranks to promote their books and do nothing else. If we can trace a name who only ever appears to plug their work, but never comments, likes, or takes part in any discussion — they become ex-members at the touch of a button.
No, not really. The title of the group includes the words Support and Discussion, but not the words spammers or freeloaders.
We’re looking for a member to manage the Horror anthology which we’d like to publish later this year. The previous project leader has asked to take a step down but will assist whoever steps up to the plate. I’m not going to insult any of you guys who are a whizz on Internet, programmes and suchlike, but I would suggest as long as you’re comfortable with the use of Dropbox and you could afford a little time, you’d be a good candidate. There will be plenty of support with respect to proofreading stories and later if required, help with the formatting. The project leader is effectively the liaison who can update the rest of us as we make progress.
How do you apply for this amazing position?
Give a heads-up on this thread or drop a Private Message to Ian, Sylva, or me. We have others in the Admin team but for a variety of reasons, I’d rather keep the collating of names tight. It might be another admin who heads the project. 🙂
In the pipeline for last year we had planned a couple of new anthologies, but due to an abundance of different issues they didn’t happen. This year we are going to work together to achieve our aim. For those not already in the loop our anthologies are:
1. A children’s anthology – headed up by Sylva Fae and Denise McCabe.
2. A multi-genre anthology – headed up by Ian D Moore. Ian will be looking for support by way of proofreading, and other activities while the collection is compiled and confirmed. To avoid disappointment we may have two volumes on this collection. The theme is ‘Freedom’.
The cut-off date for entries to be considered is 28th February 2018. If you have any queries regarding word count, genre, etc., please contact Ian.
3. The third collection we’re assembling is a Horror anthology as mentioned above. Of the three books, this one is being targeted for publication in October so has the longest lead time. If you’d like to help or donate a story, please get in touch when the new project leader is known.
Our membership presently stands at around 300, which is a workable group size for our aims. If you’ve joined us in fairly recent times, please take a look at our IASD blog/website. You might find something to your advantage, like being listed in our catalogue/brochure (description depends on nationality). This superb document was compiled by Melanie Smith.
If the figures were to be believed our IASD blog/website now has in excess of 3,360 followers. Let’s be honest, and say we don’t have as many, but the regularly increasing figure proves that there are people checking us out, which means they’re checking out our writing.
We’re successful as a group of writers because we work hard to stay true to our group title. While I’m here, on behalf of our members as a group, I’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all you guys who add a useful link or share an experience which benefits the rest of us.
Thank you for staying with me on this and catching up.