#IWSG my Publishing Path

This is my first month being a part of the Insecure Writers Support Group. If you haven’t heard of this group before, it is a support group for authors. It is a special place where writers can share their fears, doubts, and concerns, along with triumphs, as they journey down the path to publication. Check out the links at the bottom of this post if you have something to share, or need companionship from fellow authors to keep you writing.


My first time with IWSG.

I have been writing off and on for several years. This last year I went quiet with my writing, due to becoming a mom for the first time. I know this isn’t a real excuse for dropping off the face of the earth for over a year. However, I didn’t just face becoming a mom one but twice at the same time. Yes, I am the mother of twin boys, and I like to say the first year was a real roller coaster ride.

I faced several difficulties during just the first six months. I had severe postpartum depression they hospitalized me twice for, and not only had one big move but two. When June rolled around, I couldn’t believe my boys were one year olds. The nice thing, though, is that they no longer rely on me for everything. This means I get freedom to get back to what I love, writing.

August began my journey back onto the road to writing. I had a system issue with my mac, so I had to do a factory reset. The software I was using for writing in was Storyist to help keep my notes and content organized, sadly I lost the software in the reset. I still have the files, I don’t want to repurchase a software I already bought once. After this I changed over to Scrivener, so August was my catch up month.

I’ve been slaving away trying to get my files switched over I had in word doc format. If that wasn’t enough work, I also did a complete overall on my website, newsletter, and social media platforms. I even re-designed my short story, “A Father’s Protection” cover, and re-published it. Now I completed those blood sucking tasks, I’m hoping now I can get to outlining and writing.

WRITING GOALS FOR SEPTEMBER:

  • Put the final touches on “Tarzinëa: Rise of the Vardin” book 1 in the Legacy of the Silver Ryder series outline.
  • Convert completed outline for “The Celestial One” book 1 in the Demonic Love series into a serial outline.
  • Start writing “The Celestial One” episode one.
  • Re-work, re-write and continue with “Tarzinëa: Rise of the Vardin”.

THIS MONTH’S QUESTION

What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?

At this time I have only a short story published and working on my next ones. I decided to self-publish a long time ago. I want to have a say in how my books end up and I would like to get to know my readers. It isn’t about getting rich off my books or becoming famous. I want to do this for the love of writing, reading books and just connecting with people who love books as much as I do.

When I was growing up, especially in high school, books were my escape. I wasn’t an outgoing person anymore. I was closed off, shy, depressed and just had issues being in big crowds of people. The way I experience life and enjoyed my days was reading. Till this day I still don’t live it down, about what my algebra teacher told my mom during a parent teacher conference. “She is a bright student and has great potential,” he began. “I wish I could get her to put those dang books down.”

That is why I want to be a writer/author. I want to have a teacher look at one of my readers’ parent and say those exact words, or something close to it. Creating a world where they feel safe and can escape is my goal. I hope as this journey continues I never forget this goal and if I do, please hit me over the head with one of my books. Trust me, I will appreciate it. 🙂


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Co-hosts this month are Toi Thomas, T. Powell Coltrin, M.J. Fifield, and Tara Tyler!Please stop by their blogs to show your support.


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The land beyond The Forest of Ferrês belongs to the kyres mortal enemies the twin-tailed foxes. Standing on the borders DarkDeath will have to plunge into the unknown to save his adventurous pup.

Will he be able to find Digger and make it out alive? The battle to protect his own will be tested when DarkDeath faces off against an old rival. Death lingering over his pup’s head will test his strengths as DarkDeath braces himself for battle.

17 thoughts on “#IWSG my Publishing Path

    • Katie Jenkins says:

      Thanks 🙂 I found this group through Renee Scattergood. I still have my ups and downs with the boys trying to smack my computer, when they want attention. However, I am happy with the progress I am getting done. I wrote this post about two weeks ago and I’ve been working on my editing. Just looked through this post and realized how many errors I made, lol.

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  1. melissamaygrove says:

    I couldn’t have written when my twins were infants, and I’m not sure I could have done much better when they were one. Good luck with your writing.

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    • Katie Jenkins says:

      Thank you, it can be challenging at times. They are pretty well behaved. We take them to restaurants and shopping all the time. They love the interaction the only issue I have is making sure they don’t break my laptop.
      For some reason they seem to think it’s a good idea to hit their toys against it when I have the charger on it. Let alone having to wrestle them away from it, they are already figuring out from watching me how to type. lol 🙂

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  2. J.S. Pailly says:

    Welcome to IWSG! Giving birth seems like a pretty good reason for a writing break. Heck, I take time off writing if I have a cold. The important thing is that you came back to it. I think that says a lot about you and how important writing is in your life.

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    • Katie Jenkins says:

      Thank you, I love writing. It was my chosen career when I was in high school. The only reason I got a degree in Graphic Design and decided to start my own cover design business was because my dad told me to have a back up.

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      • Katie Jenkins says:

        That is true. I started of looking into journalism and being told what to write sucked. I spent 3 years jumping around till I went back to journalism and decided to try graphic design as a minor. Ended up liking the design work more so I switch over and once I found out about how it had a hand with the publishing industry I was hooked lol.

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      • J.S. Pailly says:

        As someone who works in the news business, I can assure you that you made the right choice. The best thing I can say about journalism is you can pick up a lot of story ideas. But journalistic writing is no fun at all.

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    • Katie Jenkins says:

      Yeah, I love being able to write again. The boys are great inspiration. I am thinking about playing with a YA series featuring a set of twin brothers. But that is just an idea that might happen one day.

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