The Bald Eagle

The Bald Eagle

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

IWSG Day, August 1, 2018, Pitfalls to Avoid by Pat Garcia





Hello Everyone,

It is the first Wednesday of the month, and IWSG Time. 

IWSG is a writer support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. It is a big help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes or giving encouragement and help to others. 

So, if you are interested and would like to join, the link below will lead you directly to us:


My report:

Still Outstanding
Submission to The Colorado Gold Writing Contest for Emerging Writers – May 31, 2018
Submission to the New Writers Scheme for Emerging Writers – June 29, 2018 

New Submission
Submission: I was given the opportunity to submit the first five thousand words of my manuscript, A Time to Love, to Simon & Schuster in the U.K. I sent it in June 26thand I am waiting on the results








Pitfalls to Avoid

As a new writer, I knew I had good stories in me, and I entered the writing world wearing rose coloured glasses.  To be exact, I was blind. Heck, I’d been spinning tales that popped up in my imagination for years. However, and here comes the catch, I had paid little to no attention to the mechanics that belong to writing. Yes, grammar is one of those tools, but even more critical are the viewpoint, sentence styling, structure, and pacing. 

I sent out my first draft without consulting any editor, and I promptly got rejections. I now believe whoever they were, read the first three lines, puked, and sent out the standard rejection letter with the hope that I did not submit anything to them again. 

Since then, I have learned better, thank God.  I know that the first draft is the beginning of your odyssey and not the end. I understand that an excellent critique team that reads every chapter of your book is a godsend, and I have learned to love editors, regardless of their area of expertise. These precious people, who return my work filled with questions written in red, have become my favourite people. I’ve learned that they were created to help me grow and mature into the writer that slumbers inside of me. 


Wishing everyone a beautiful month of August and be safe.




Shalom aleichem,














Pat G


24 comments:

  1. Great post :-)

    Ronel visiting on Insecure Writer's Support Group day: Time to Say Goodbye

    ReplyDelete
  2. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I agree that having that support system in place to help your work be the best it can is critical. Best of luck with all your submissions.

    ReplyDelete
  3. You can see clearly now and know how important it is to edit and find others to help.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I'm sure the didn't puke. In fact, they probably guessed you were new to the craft. hehehe

    Anna from elements of emaginette

    ReplyDelete
  5. Pat, your post made me laugh out loud! I doubt there was any actual puking involved.
    I wish you happy writing in August.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Good advice. I sent out my first book too soon also. Attended a conference and learned so much before I tried again after many, many rewrites.

    ReplyDelete
  7. No, I'm quite sure there was no puking involved. Just a few polite little coughs. :)

    Here's wishing you the very best with Simon & Schuster! That's such exciting news. And I hope they don't leave you hanging too long...

    Shalom!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I'm sure no one puked, Pat!

    And to paraphrase Maya Angelou - when we know better, we do better. :)

    ReplyDelete
  9. Writing to get published is a journey. I have learned to enjoy this part (hahahaha)
    but sometimes the lessons learned are tough. Good luck with your submissions.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Editors are the best at helping make your manuscript squeaky clean. I love them to pieces!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I guess we should feel sorry for those agents and editors who have to suffer our early submissions. I understand how they must fall off their chair when they actually read a well-written submission.

    ReplyDelete
  12. It's incredible to look back and remember the things we thought when we first started on this journey - so glad I've learned so much! :)

    ReplyDelete
  13. Editors are great. I love DLP's editor.

    ReplyDelete
  14. That's such a lovely way to look at growth and the beginning of something wonderful. I wish you the best Pat. Happy IWSG Day :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Congrats on your partial. It can be slow and painful waiting for the response, so I'm sending best wishes to you!!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Great post! And I did the same with sending out my first MS without it going through an editor first. I cringe when I think about it!

    ReplyDelete
  17. It's a learning process, not just the submission process, but the standards publishers are expecting, too. We all go through it. Publishers expect we're all somewhere on the learning curve. :) Happy IWSG day!

    ReplyDelete
  18. Hi Pat. There's something beautiful and hopeful about our first forays into writing, but that soon gets overtaken by the need to learn our craft. Writing is a long apprenticeship, but very enjoyable.
    Looking forward to this month's WEP/IWSG. Thanks for signing up.

    ReplyDelete
  19. You are so funny! And on point. Critique partners and editors are so important before we submit. And also important to know the difference between an in-progress draft and a final product.

    ReplyDelete
  20. We all enter this industry blind and thinking all we have to do is write those stories we love and everyone will love them with us! Not true, but there are so many people out there who can help us and, with kindness and firm knowledge, push us towards success.

    Have a wonderful August!
    Jen

    ReplyDelete
  21. Yes, we certainly do learn how bad we used to be once we improve and continue to improve!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Good point! I think back at how far you have come in your writing! You are one who is dedicated to getting better and better by reading books and taking more classes. I am so ready to see your book published and on the shelves in the bookstores!

    ReplyDelete
  23. I made the same mistake in the beginning: sent my first story out before it was ready. Hopefully, I learned the lesson as well as you did.

    ReplyDelete
  24. I think back at how far I've come, and strangely I don't regret sending out those first unpublishable manuscripts. I think, what if I didn't... I never would have gone out to research the market and find out why I'm getting form rejections!

    ReplyDelete

Your comment is waiting approval. Thank you for dropping by. Shalom, Pat Garcia