IWSG June 2020- A Writer’s Secret and a Pinch of Hope

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June 2020 musings on the Insecure Writer’s Support Group (IWSG)! To know all about this wonderful place where you can share your doubts and ask anything related to writing, visit here.


The awesome co-hosts for the June 3 posting of the IWSG are Pat Garcia, J.Q. Rose, and Natalie Aguirre!

Before I move on to answering this month’s optional question, I have so much to share with my peers in this group. May was extra special because I managed to put my A to Z posts based on tidbits from history for children in the form of an eBook. It is presently available for free download on the Blogchatter platform. I am hoping I shall be able to take it to Amazon in July.

But that’s where it stops. Despite finding a decent reader base in the first week itself, I realized that my skills with book promotion are limited. I’ve been struggling to come up with promotional videos or Instagram chats. And I am hoping the book will carry itself from here on. Bad strategy, I know but I feel tied down by something rather undefined.

Despite that there was one plus and one minus that happened after the book release. Since a lot of friends had been circulating the download link, I did hear from a Publishing House who said they found the book as well as my writing style impressive. I was quick to send in a résumé. Only to be finally rejected with a short note on how I must continue writing because there’s promise but not as of now!

I am still to make peace with the whole situation. For hopes to be raised and then crushed is a little upsetting. I’m still confused whether to feel happy or sad about the whole thing and it is affecting my overall productivity for some reason.

If any of you would be interested in reading the eBook titled UNLOCKED- Historical Tales in Verse, the link is right at the end of this page.

Now for this month’s question-

Writers have secrets! What are one or two of yours, something readers would never know from your work?

I don’t think I have many secrets as a writer but one thing about my work is that it is heavily edited. I like to read it again and again, and make several changes before the final draft. For one piece to finally go up there, it takes me a long time with reworking on the original draft for a few minutes every day.

The world has just been punched and its reeling under the combined effect of just everything. I’m finding it strange to be trying to be productive in this time of crisis. I’m finding it odd to talk about my book and other things at all! The only positive way to look at it is to believe that to carry on is the only semblance of hope.

With a desire for a more humanitarian, equal and disease-free world, until we meet again!

You may click on the following link to download UNLOCKED



38 thoughts on “IWSG June 2020- A Writer’s Secret and a Pinch of Hope”

  1. Congratulations again Sonia, just reblogged your book. Very impressive is praise indeed, to cherish. The fact that a Publisher, noticed your work, bothered to read it and send you a message is very positive indeed. You cannot stumble on the first hurdle, rejections are all part of the publishing process…. and it can take years Nd years for those we are interested to publish your book. So chin up, persevere. After all you won at your first participating in the WEP challenge And have just been included in an Anthology. Great achievements for six months.
    Wishing you an inspired June. Take care, and write, the reward is in the creativity not in the publishing.

  2. I’m also struggling with marketing. I released a book right before the virus blew everything up, and I feel terribly uncomfortable marketing when there’s so much more on people’s minds and people are out of jobs. Good luck to you going forward.

  3. I heavily edit as well. Takes me about 7 weeks to write a novel. About three years to be satisfied with it.

    Good luck, keep writing, and happy IWSG day!

  4. Congrats on gathering your A to Z posts into an ebook! Though rejection sucks I love rejections like those. It gives hope for a writer’s writerly future.

  5. I once read a description of the selection/rejection process by the editor of a literary magazine. I found it incredibly helpful, and I think it applies to book publishers as well. What the editor said was that putting a literary magazine issue together was like painting a house. She wants to paint the house yellow, so she sends out a call for submissions of yellow paint. When she gets green paint or purple paint, she rejects it–not because there is something wrong with the green paint or the purple paint. She just wants to paint her house yellow.

  6. Hi Sonia, I reached via Tomichan and Ira’s reviews of “Unlocked”. I downloaded it and have reached only halfway but I had come by and say how beautiful it is. I think it’s a great book of History in verse particularly for kids though every adult would enjoy it too. Hang in there, there are many more opportunities to come by. I am sure that you will get a great publisher sooner or later.
    I am a visual artist from Kerala currently residing in Dubai. I do write too – poems and short stories. This is where you can find me: http://deepazworld.blogspot.com/

  7. I really enjoyed Unlocked! Loved your style.
    I’m struggling with book promotion as well – not something I enjoy!
    The world is a mess and it needs out hope and our love and positive forces at work!

  8. Dear Sonia.

    I hear you loud and clear. I’ve had so many rejections in the last five years that I’ve stopped counting now:) In fact, I read somewhere that each rejection is a step closer to that elusive acceptance. Actually, I don’t like the word rejection–it sounds so final. I prefer ‘postponement of appreciation’:) A term I coined because I am an eternal optimist.
    So, hang in there and keep doing your work.
    The world news and this pandemic can drain one of creative energy. So it’s okay to take a break and come back–rested and refreshed.
    Take heart in the lovely responses your blog posts have gotten you thus far. Your work is reaching the ones who enjoy it through this channel and when the time is right for your book to be birthed, it will happen.
    Stay safe and happy.
    Hugs. xx

    1. That’s such a wonderful way of putting it Arti. I’m in no hurry but I also know that many books never see light of day. The right time is always now. Isn’t it?

  9. I’m sorry about the rejection, Sonia. I know how much it hurts. It’s difficult to remember that these rejections come from people like you and me, with all their baggage. Don’t dismay. You ARE a gifted writer. One has only to read your blog to see that.

  10. Hi,
    Congrats that your book got the notice of a publisher. That they noticed it means that the book has potential even though they turned it down. Put the book aside and let it sit for three to six months and then look at it again. Maybe you’ll see things that you didn’t see before and make some changes. Often we are too close to a book and need a pair or pairs of outside eyes to show us what we don’t see.

    Promotion is not one of my things either. Ask around. Maybe some of your fellow writer colleagues would be willing to do a cover reveal or a book review or an interview with you. These are just a few things that came across my mind.
    Wishing you all the best. Keep looking forward. You’re in a learning process that never stops and so is life.
    Thanks for being a part of IWSG.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

  11. Your post was informative for me as I am totally new in blogging. And as Noor said rejection is not a comment on your work. I love all your writings… Prose and poetry and Unlocked is special… Keep writing. Lots of love

    1. Thank you. Yes writing groups are a great way to learn and grow. Thank you for the encouragement. I’ve been able to view my work critically after the rejection. So that’s a good takeaway. As I just wrote some other place, writing is a journey. So destination is anyway a myth.

  12. Hi Sonia, First of all we had congratulated each other already, I’m still saying again for all the downloads you got, you got some amazing fans, it’s motivating me to see such download numbers, and We all can one day make a history, consistency is the key! I’m sorry to hear that opportunity that got away from your hand, but I am sure they will come searching for you for your amazing work, you just have to keep knocking. You’ll get the opportunity very soon, my best wishes for that ✨ Keep Writing ✨

    1. Thank you Simon. You are very kind. Every day is a learning and I’m looking at my work critically now. Analyzing more than I was. You are also right. Consistency is the key. Meanwhile I also think it’s a journey. That helps!

  13. Your poetry is amazing Sonia, it is rare for anyone to have the kind of skill you have. I loved reading them. And we all know that even the greatest of writers were rejected multiple times. So keep going ❤️.

    And the first thing that came to my mind about a writer’s secret was the editing too! I tend to re-read each post a number of times and take much time to publish it. Writing everyday for April was particularly difficult because of the same. It’s nice to know that it isn’t just me. 🙂

  14. Congratulations Sonia on getting your E book out there. I look forward to reading it. It’s great that you were contacted by a publisher. Woooo hooooo! There’s much to celebrate. Remeber, Rome wasn’t built in a day and you’ve got a good start.

  15. Sonia, thank you for turning me onto IWSG! I wrote my first post yesterday and will publish it today. The secret you have mentioned is common to us both, though I have others to share too.
    As for the publication incident, I had a similar one happen to me last year. I felt crushed and painted it as a failure on my part, but with time I realised that it wasn’t my work that was the problem. There are a million different factors that come into play when getting a book published. In all probability, the publishing house realised their audience is not the right target for your subject. It’s not a comment on how good your work is, and if you circulate it amongst other publishers, you are sure to be picked up.
    Keep your head high, because genuine writing talent is hard to come by, and having read your book I can say you are blessed with it.

    1. I am so glad Noor you joined the IWSG. It’s a wonderful place to learn and grow without the fear of being judged. You could even try writing for WEP. Let me know if you need help with the details.
      Thank you for your encouraging words. I might take a while but I do hope to keep at it longer and for sure. Best wishes!💐💐

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