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Wednesday, September 5, 2018

IWSG DAY, September 5, 2018, Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question, 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 
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.

New Submission
Submission: Glimmer Train, Very Short Fiction Story, September 4, 2018

Traditional or Self-Publish That Is the Question

My dream has always been to become an author the traditional way. Not because I think it is more comfortable to go traditional have I chosen this route, but because of my goals. As a woman that comes from a family that understands little to nothing about copyrights, books and their value, and publishing, I would like to have an excellent literary home for anything that I write and leave behind. 

Words give life, hope, and encouragement. Words influence.  Words charm. Words make us laugh, and they make us cry. Words go beyond the barriers that we build around ourselves. Words speak louder than our actions.  Words live, and they need a home after we are no longer here.  

We writers make a difference with our words. We give others fuel to think, to move forward, and to get off the couch and achieve something worthwhile. That is my belief. Thus, I believe my words are precious and need to be taken care of if I want to reach people after my journey on earth is completed.  Going the traditional route will keep my ideas, my courage, my beliefs and my strengths alive. 

Finally, I desire to leave footprints in the literary world that touch peoples’ souls. I see the traditional way as being the best fit to accomplish this.

Wishing all of you a lovely month of September.
Take care. 

Shalom aleichem,

Pat G 


  1. Well said, Pat. That's how I feel as well.

  2. I love what you said about a writers words impacting others. So true!


  3. I love your sentiments - words are so powerful and I love when they are used for good!

  4. Shalom aleichem, Pat. What an inspiring post. I also want to reach as many people as possible with my words. :)

  5. Your observations about the trad path are spot on I think. It's kind of like the difference between trying to cure a serious medical situation with the help of medical professionals and just trying home remedies. I don't know if that is the best analogy, but it was the first that popped into my head.

    Great news about A Time to Love. I hope that turns into something big for you, but just having that offer on the table is encouraging.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

  6. You know what I love? Each of us is seeking to get something different out of our writing journey. It really boils down to what we want and the best path to get there.

  7. You've chosen a challenge route, Pat. I'm rooting for you! Keep those submission going out.

  8. Hello, Pat. You make an interesting point about a benefit of traditional publishing. A beautifully written post. I wish you happy writing in September.

  9. Beautifully said. Wishing you much success.

  10. I too wish you much success! I loved getting accepted by first an agent and then a publisher, but it wasn't the right fit, and now I'm thrilled to be doing things my way.

  11. Aren't words powerful? Writing for me is an extension of myself, to think that those words could be around long after me is a comforting thought. Best wishes on your writing journey, Pat.

  12. Dear Pat, you have such drive. I think that words are treasures that touch our souls. However, one obstacle that I am noticing is that the writing style and mindset of younger people is changing. My friend writes a Book Review for our local paper. The editor changed and the new editor did not agree with my friend's writing, thus canceling her article. Now she is in the position of trying to find another newspaper editor who will accept her "voice." Keep striving forward looking for that positive connection. Hugs!

  13. And I hope you leave plenty of footprints wherever you trek. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  14. May you find the best home possible for your precious words.

  15. Happy IWSG Day!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog.
    You've chosen a path that suits you. It's a challenge and it's something to be proud of.
    All the best with your publishing goals.

  16. "Words give life, hope, and encouragement. Words influence. Words charm. Words make us laugh, and they make us cry..."
    Yes, your words definitely do all that. Good luck on your publishing journey.

  17. I love your reasons for seeking traditional publishing. Congrats on the request for S&S. Adding my hopes to yours.

  18. Lovely post. In these turbulent times, words can and do influence. They could change the course history and open our hearts to new possibilities.

  19. Beautifully said. Best of luck with your journey!

  20. You're so right about the power of words. Good luck with your path.


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