Wednesday, January 5, 2022

A GREAT WAY TO START THE NEW YEAR... AN IWSG POST


 Hi All,

First, I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY, HEALTHY, and PROSPEROUS new year!   is incredible how quickly 2021 passed us. I know it has been a long year for many, but even though it was a trying year, we managed to get through it. 

Thanks to Alex J. Cavanaugh and the illustrious IWSG team, we were able to vent our anxieties all through this troubling year. Please sign up at Alex's site if you would like to join us.

During the closing months of 2021, I decided to write an essay and a few short stories to submit into various venues...well, I am DELIGHTED to say that my first published work will be featured in the IWSG-FIRST LOVE ANTHOLOGY! My story, Oliver's Girl, was selected! It has been a very long journey for me to publication, and I am honored to have my story chosen. This is my first step, and I hope an pray this is the begining of many more to come. 

I plan to submit a pitch for the IWSG Twitter Pitch on January 26th. Mark that day if you have a polished and completed work to pitch! You never know, your pitch may be picked! I have queried my latest WIP with no luck, so this is my last "pitch." So many of my collegues have selfpublished and have been very successful. Perhaps it is time for me to do the same. The publishing world has changed dramatically since I started to write over ten years ago and the forcast for this year is very positive. With Covid still amongst us, many people have turned to reading. I have certainly read more. There was an amazing article that I read on Anne R. Allen's blog about the 2022 publishing forecast. It was very insightful and a must read. Here is the link

Well, my friends, thanks for dropping by and have a wonderful January. Stay warm and safe.

HAPPY IWSG DAY!


54 comments:

  1. Congratulations on making the anthology! It is a sign of bigger things to come. Glad you are participating in #IWSGPit. And yes, that was a great article at Anne's site.

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  2. Delighted to work with you and the other authors on the anthology - congrats!

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    1. Thank you, Diane! It has been great working with you as well!

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  3. Hi Michael - yes all the best for 2022 - and we're so lucky that we have access to the net and to all the sources for inspiration and guidance - Anne Allen being one of them. Cheers Hilary

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  4. Congrats on winning the anthology contest! I'm so excited for you. And good luck in the twitter pitch contest. You've got a great start to 2022.

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    1. Thanks, Natalie! I am definitely looking forward to see how this year transpires.

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  5. Congrats! What a great way to start the year.

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  6. Congratulations Michael, on your story 'Oliver's Girl' winning the prestigious IWSG Anthology Contest. So happy for you. Its a well-deserved victory. A wonderful start to 2022.

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  7. Michael, Happy New Year!

    Congratulations!!! A Great Beginning to a New Year! And I predict many more good things are coming to you!

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    1. Thank you so much, Cathrina! I certainly hope so.

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  8. CONGRATS!!!! So happy your story was selected!
    Good luck in the pitch contest as well.
    Anne R Allen is so generous with her knowledge and I love her blog!

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  9. Congrats!!! Sending you positive mojo for your publishing journey.

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  10. Congratulations on your acceptance! And good luck with the Twitter Pitch!

    Happy New Year!

    P.S. Sorry it has taken me so long to return a visit.

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    1. Thanks, Chyrs! No worries. I know how busy you are.

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  11. Happy New Year, Michael! Congratulations on being included in the next IWSG anthology with your romance. Bravo! Good luck with the twitter pitch contest. Wish I was ready. I wish you health and success in 2022!

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    1. Thank you, Victoria! Welcome to my blog. I appreciate the kind words and the same to you!

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  12. Congrats on getting into the anthology! And good luck in the pitch contest.

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  13. Congratulations, Michael! I can't wait to read your story!

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  14. Congratulations Michael. I love your story which has sorta the same premise as mine. Wonderful. Hopefully 2022 is your time!

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  15. Congrats on your anthology story! I can't wait to read it!

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  16. Congratulations, Michael!!! I look forward to reading more of your work in 2022 and beyond! :)

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  17. Congratulations on your anthology story, Michael!

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  18. Awesome!! Congratulations to your story being chosen!!

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  19. Congratulations on being chosen for the anthology! Your first publication, that's awesome :)

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  20. Congratulations and good luck with future submissions!

    The Warrior Muse

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  21. Congratulations on your contribution to the anthology! Looking forward to reading your work.

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  22. Sooo exciting! Congratulations! _sprays confetti_

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  23. Congrats on being selected. I'll be adding the anthology to my keeper shelf when it comes out.

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  24. Happy New Year, Michael!

    Congratulations on your story acceptance in the IWSG Anthology!
    It's a wonderful story! 🥰
    Good luck with the Twitter Pitch on January 26th.

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  25. More congratulations from me, Michael. And I'm happy to hear you'll be jumping into the IWSG Pitch Party! I'll be there watching for your pitch.

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    1. Thanks, Lee...Really looking forward to it. I will be pitching at least two different novels...

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  26. Congratulations on your first published story! Wow! What a milestone in your writing career. I'm thrilled for you.

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    1. Thank you so much, J.Q....So sweet of you to say!!!!

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  27. Congratulations for your best future

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