Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Another First Wednesday Has Arrived

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the June 5 posting of the IWSG are Liza at Middle Passages, Shannon Lawrence, Melissa Maygrove, and Olga Godim!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say. 

Remember, the question is optional!

June 5 question - In this constantly evolving industry, what kind of offering/service do you think the IWSG should consider offering to members?

This is a difficult question because there have been and still are so many things IWSG offers its members. With each offering or service, the admins step up to make sure it’s delivered, and that takes time—a commodity everyone I know is short of.

However, the IWSG team is a dedicated group of writers, so I’ve come up with three ideas. In your comments, I hope you’ll weigh in on what you think—



Are you nuts?

A Zoom meet-up. Authors would sign up to participate in the same way they do to co-host each First Wednesday. The frequency of these meet-ups would be determined by the IWSG admins. 

We could offer a chance for authors to 

  1. read a short sample of their work OR
  2. discuss a topic of general interest about writing/ publishing

A Book Giveaway. Again authors would sign up to participate. We’d feature a different genre each month and authors would offer a book in that genre. Their book cover, buy link, and one link to their social media would be posted on the IWSG website.

A First Line Contest The best first line of a story would be featured on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter (X) with a link to that author’s social media.

I'm off to find out what others have suggested in answer to this question.

 Our Twitter (X) handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Lots of good suggestions! We'll have a lot to consider after today.

Natalie Aguirre said...

I especially like your book giveaway idea.

cleemckenzie said...

We'll have a large number of things to consider after today!

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Those are all great ideas, Lee.

Fundy Blue said...

Excellent ideas, Lee!

Rebecca M. Douglass said...

Those all seem like good ideas, though I'm not sure how much I'd participate. That's just me, though.

Olga Godim said...

I like the first line contest idea.

cleemckenzie said...

Maybe after we collect all of the ideas we should set up a poll to select the one or two that most members want to see implemented.

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Definitely have lots to consider after this week's topic. All great suggestions, Lee. Thanks. Have a beautiful day!

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Lee - I've always enjoyed the IWSG members and group - also the ideas available for us all to consider. All the best as the administrators consider the options - cheers Hilary