This month's insecurity is very basic one. In less than two weeks I'll be releasing my first novel (February 17th!**), and I'm more than a little nervous about it. All my insecurities have been detailed in previous IWSG posts, and I just don't have the time or energy to dwell on them right now. I've made the commitment, set the date, and gotten the files loaded to the appropriate systems. That's it. I'm done. No turning back, so I just need to get over it.

So, today I'm setting aside my insecurities, and thinking positive thoughts. I'm trying to be like that guy Stuart Smalley. You know, this guy:
(FYI, and way off topic, but I just found out his name is Smalley, and for the past twenty-something years I thought it was Smiley.)

How's it going with all of you? Are you giving up or giving into insecurity today?

**PS, If anyone is interested in helping out with my release, please leave a comment. I'll be sending info this weekend to those who have offered to feature my novel, Weaver, on their blogs on February  17th. Anyone who signs up will be entered into a raffle for a chance to win a copy of Weaver. One print copy and two ebook copies will be on offer.**


  1. I'm dragging myself along today well enough. I'm not posting anything on the 17th, so I'd be happy to feature your novel on my blog. I can't offer you a ton of exposure, but it's something. The cover looks nice.

  2. Congratulations on your coming book release. Yes, I can also feature your book on my writing blog (check out http://bethandwriting.blogspot.com). You can send info to bluebethley at yahoodotcom Although my book Standing Stones launched with no reviews at all, I'm feeling pretty happy because I know some folks are already reading it! Isn't that our goal? To reach out to our readers? Let me know more about your book and best of luck on your launch.

  3. Congratulations on the upcoming book release! It's such a funny feeling - so terrifying but also so freeing. You've created this great thing and are sharing it with the world, and also hoping beyond hope that the world thinks it's as awesome as you do. What a rush :)
    Best of luck!

    AJ @ Naturally Sweet
    An April A-Z Co-host

  4. Congratulations on your book release! I just heard something similar from another writer recently, once who has "been there" already - she said that each of us are terrified of the next part of the journey and think that the person in that next part either has it made or isn't worried about anything when, in truth, they've got their own insecurities. It's a good thing to remember. And I'm sure you'll do great!

    Visions of Other Worlds

  5. Hey, Jennifer! Congrats on your future release! I'm keeping my posts to once a month, so I can get some major work done on my own novel. I've set my schedule to post only on IWSG days for now. I can't do the 17th, but I will feature the cover and details on my post on the 1st Wed. of March if you'd like me to. Let me know. :) candice.fite@gmail.com

  6. I don't have a post set up. I'd be glad to post something. My email is on my blog. Good luck with it and I know it is nerve wracking, but it is also an awesome step you are taking.

  7. Congratulations Jennifer! I think all of us are insecure on some level- the key is to say screw it and just do it anyway.

  8. Congratulations! Take a deep breath and continue plowing forward. It will be all right no matter what.

  9. Best of luck with your upcoming release!

    I always thought it was Smiley, too. That guy's a US Senator now!


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