Three Cheers...

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Today is the first Wednesday of the month:  Insecure Writer's Support Group blog! Hurray! Congratulations to Alex J. Cavanaugh and his wonderful team on the incredible work they continue to do. The IWSG is a safe place for writers to express their fears and insecurities in a supportive environment. Join us at  www.insecurewriterssupportgroup.com
 
Insecure?

I haven’t focused on my own insecurities this month. There has been so much to shout out about amongst fellow writers: new publications, completion of projects, new ideas flowing, motivating blog hops. February has been a hubbub of positive action and activity and I have smiled every day reading about the amount of success that’s happening amongst the blogging community. Congratulations to everyone!  Thanks to all my UK blogging friends and my writing family at IWSG for being such a feisty, loving bunch. It’s nice to be reminded constantly that none of us should ever give up (I’m far too stubborn to give up on something – apart from anything to do with heights and chocolate) and when we hit a rocky path we can count on each other for support. Wishing everyone a fabulous March!

My Writing World

I’ve finally found a lovely editor for my novel and we are working hard together to get it ready for publishing. Hopefully by the end of the year, I'll be able to call myself a proper author. YAY! My book of short stories should be ready for publishing mid-year and I’ve almost completed the first draft of my novella (that is slightly behind schedule but I’m not beating myself up over it).

What has given me a few more grey hairs this month, is researching the creation of my own author website. It is not as simple as I thought.  As I live in Germany, I have to comply with quite a few legalities that don’t exist in the UK.  But shoulders back… smile … and plough through. I’ll let you know the ins and outs once I’ve jumped clearly through the hoops and landed successfully on the other side.

This month, amongst my regular writing, I'll be preparing for April’s A to Z blogging challenge. This is the first time I'm participating and I'm really looking forward to it. It will be a lot of fun!

Do you feel inspired when reading of others’ successes?  Are you joining in the A to Z blogging challenge? Have you had to overcome legal obstacles on your writing journey?


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  1. Well done on moving forward with your short stories and novella, Nicola - great to read your positive attitude! That's a shame you have more difficulty in setting up your website - all the best with it being ready soon. I do like hearing of other writers' successes as it inspires us to keep going! Have a great March.

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    1. Thank you, Rosemary.

      Happy Publication Day!!! I'm sure The Aphrodite Assignment will be a great success.

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  2. Huge congratulations, Nicola, for the fabulous advances you have made and it's truly wonderful to know how positive you are feeling. You deserve it! I hope the website comes together soon and I'm sure it will. It is an extremely effective motivating factor for me to know that other writers are making excellent progress with all their projects. Whether they are sharing insecurities or great news, writers are such supportive people - humanity at its best. I hope March is equally productive for you and look forward to even more good news from you soon. xxx

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    1. Thank you, Joanna. It's moving in the right direction - even though there is still a long way to go. I wish you a lovely week.

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  3. Good luck with the website - you'll be an expert by the time it's finished. And you've got lots of great things in the pipeline to fill it up!

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    1. Thanks, Nicki. Have a great week.

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  4. Glad you're on board for the Challenge!
    Hope you get that book edited and out into the world for all to enjoy this year.
    And such a great attitude that you are using the success of others to inspire rather than discourage you.

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    1. Thanks for the continued encouragement, Alex! I'm really looking forward to the Challenge.

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  5. Love that you found an editor and are in such a good place, Nicola. No, not participating this year. Will cheer from the sidelines.

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    1. I'll listen out for your cheers, Karen :) Thank you for your kind words.

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  6. Finding an editor you can work with is key. Editors see our words before they are ready and it can be intimidating, but working with a great editor is so rewarding.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the experience. Thanks so much for visiting.

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  7. Good luck with edits! I can't wait to hear about your book.

    Oh my gosh. You're in luck...next Monday I'm doing a post about how to create an author website. Of course, there's no legalities tips for the UK, but lots of insight and ideas. :D

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    1. Thanks Chrys! I'll definitely be checking in with you next Monday. Great timing!

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  8. Congrats on finding a great editor! Other writers always inspire me. They make me want to be a better writer. :) And a big YAY for the IWSG!

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    1. Thanks for popping over and commenting Christine. It's always lovely to 'see' you.

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  9. Wow, interesting on the legalities of owning a website. Here, I just bought the domain and put up my site. I hope you get everything worked out. And yay for finding an editor you click with. That is wonderful news!

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    1. It is quite an eye-opener to see how much legal stuff I have to consider. Thank you for your kind words, Loni. I'm really excited to be working with an editor. It's amazing what they pick up on after I've been through it all several times with a fine tooth comb. Hope all is well with you!

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  10. Ugh. Creating a website. I hired mine out.

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    1. I'm looking forward to the creating side, but the mumber jumbo involved is scary! But I'll do it! Thanks for popping by Donna.

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  11. You're already a 'real' author. I think you'll love A to Z. I only maintain my blog and don't do a website. I treat it somewhat like a website though.

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    1. Thanks Susan!! That made me smile, proudly :)

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  12. I hadn't realised there would be more red tape over setting up a website in Germany than in the UK. I tend to think Europe is all pretty much the same when it comes to such things. Hope you can get it all sorted out without too much stress.

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    1. Yes. Even though it's part of the EU, there are so many more rules and regulations that have to be adhered to and they're monitored. And don't even get me started on Taxes :):)

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    2. ps. Patsy, I loved your newsletter this month! Thank you!

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  13. What super news! Finding the right editor is a major coup.

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  14. How I love your upbeat attitude! What a refreshing blog post. Your news is inspiring. I planned to do A-Z this year. I even have it started and saved on my blog, but....I hate to begin and then drop off later. But you have inspired me to take a peek at what I've done so far. Thanks. Best wishes on your projects.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words. Wishing you all the best with your memoir. I'm sure it will find its way once you get stuck in. Have a lovely week.

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  15. I'd be curious what those German legalities were. It's good to hear you found a way around them.

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    1. There is no way around them, Diane. I have to apply them. Once I'm informed, I'll write of my experience. Thanks for popping over. Have a lovely week.

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  16. Good to know you have been inspired by others good news. I love your attitude, I too find it uplifting to hear of the success of fellow writers.
    All the best with your writing and editing.

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    1. Thanks Suzanne! Wishing you a lovely week.

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  17. Seriously? Oh boy. I'm very interested to learn about the German requirements. I've never thought about that much being in the US and having the freedom to post whatever, whenever. I think I'd have to keep a US domain if I moved across seas.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by to comment Crystal. Lovely to 'see' you!

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  18. I always enjoy hearing about others success. Sounds like you've been quite busy. Congrats on finding an editor.

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    1. Thank you Cherie. Wish you a lovely week.

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  19. Wow, congrats on all the writing progress. That is wonderful! I hope you enjoy working with your editor. I bought a custom domain for my blog and now use it like a website, because blogger is easy for me to understand. I hope you get things sorted soon. Good-luck!

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    1. Thank you, Murees. I will write a post about the experience once I've done it :) It's quite interesting, even though it's a major pain in the neck.

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  20. That sounds like great news. Good luck in dealing with all those legalities. It sounds complicated!

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  21. It sounds like you're making awesome progress with your stories, even if you're a bit behind in the one. Good luck with A-Z in April!

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    1. Thank you Cherie! I am trying to get on top of the A to Z prep but I doubt I'll be fully done by the 1st. How much to write???

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  22. Congratulations on finding an editor for your novel. Best of luck with it. Thanks for the nice things you said about my soundtrack on Alex's blog!

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    1. Thank you, Roland! It's a super sound track! Wish you lots of success with your new book.

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  23. Good luck and yay on being published soon. I'm always inspired by good news.

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    1. Thank you Medeia! Have a great week and thanks for popping over.

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  24. I got inspired just reading your blog. You're right--there are so many successes to applaud.

    I curious what legalities you face in Germany. I live in my American cocoon and would love to understand challenges in other parts of he world.

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    1. Thanks for popping by, Kali. I may well post about my experience setting up a website at a later date.

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  25. I hired someone to do my website. That's a task I'm not up to. Too many technical issues. Excited to read your A to Z posts. Thanks for visiting my blog. Mary at Play off the Page

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    1. Thanks for popping by, Mary. Have a great week.

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  26. Glad you found a good editor for your novel. Having one of those can make a big difference! Good luck with the A-Z challenge!

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  27. Congrats on your book and finding an editor! Sorry for the hoops you have to go through for your author site, so wishing much success on that front. Good luck with the A-Z.

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    1. Thank you Lidy!! I'm really looking forward to the April Challenge. Have a lovely week.

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  28. Congrats on the editor!

    I had trying to understand leagalese. It makes my brain hurt. Good luck with that.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth.

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    2. I've bought the website domain but have yet to create it. I think I'll be coming to you for advice when I do! Finding a good editor is key. Sounds like you're very happy with yours. Luckily, my husband edits/proofread all my stories before I send them to my magazine editor... no I won't be lending him out!

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  29. My biggest legal technicality to overcome thus far was getting my ITIN so that I didn't pay taxes twice.

    All the best with all your projects!

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  30. Sounds like things are indeed looking up! Lovely, positive post! :)

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  31. It's great there have been so many positive happenings to focus on. All the best for your upcoming publications - exciting stuff!

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    1. Thank you, Nick. Hope you are feeling better.

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  32. I am definitely looking forward to a-z and luckily no legal obstacles!

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  33. Congratulations on finding an editor. I wish you much success!

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  34. Good to hear you've found an editor and let me know when your website is up and running. I'm still undecided about doing the A-Z Challenge as I worry I don't have time to get around enough blogs. Still haven't got a theme! But your post made me want to jump in. Very inspiring!

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    1. Lovely to 'see' you Fran!!! I'm working on my A to Z posts now, so hopefully I'll just need to publish them on each day and I've set aside an hour a day (evening) to visit other fantastic blogs. I'm not going with a theme, other than writing. It's my first time and I'm excited to see how it goes. I'll probably need May to recover :)

      Thank you for your kind words :)

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