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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

IWSG DAY, May 5, 2021, Coping with Disappointed Reader Expectation by Pat Garcia

Hello Everyone, 


It is IWSG Time!


IWSG is a writers' support group created and led by Alex Cavanaugh. 


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!


This group is an immense help to many of us who do not mind sharing our insecurities, our successes, or giving encouragement and support to others. 



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


The Insecure Writer's Support Group 



The awesome co-hosts for the May 5  posting of the IWSG are  Erika Beebe, PJ Colando, Tonja Drecker, Sadira Stone, and Cathrina Constantine!



 Submissions:  Entered Turn The Light On into the KCT International Literary "TREAT" Award Contest (Still Outstanding)

Entered LAWD, LAWD into the WEP's April Challenge (Winners haven't been announced yet)


Update on Turn The Light On

Turn The Light On's book trailer is finished. The book trailer was essential to me, and I didn't want to rush it and put out any old thing. I have worked with excellent creative people at 4WillsPublishing who really listened to what I desired. We checked in on everything concerning my trailer, and I wasn't afraid to tell them what I thought or reject what I didn't want. The results of the book trailer are on my side banner, but I have placed the book trailer and the promo banner here today because I am very proud of both pieces of work. Soon, I will be getting in touch with a few people to help me promote my book by publishing it on their blogs. 









Coping with Disappointed Reader Expectation


In answer to the question given to the group, I would like to say that I have encountered responses to my writing from readers that I didn't expect. Did their reactions surprise me? Yes, of course, the reactions surprise me, and sometimes I have been deeply hurt. After all, I am human, and I bleed just like everyone else. Did I lose them? Yes, some I have. 

Did their reactions make me change my style or my delivery of what I write?

I can say so far that is a definite No. Don't get me wrong, I love readers, but I am not writing to please them. When I write to please someone else, I lie to myself, and the true essence of who I am gets blackened in muddy waters, and I drown.

I want to live in my writing and not die in it. 

Wishing all of you a beautiful month of May. 

Take care and stay safe.


Shalom aleichem,


Pat Garcia


  1. What a phenomenal trailer! You captured my imagination right from the beginning. Well done!

  2. Well done on the trailer. Really interesting premise for the book as well.
    Sometimes responses can disappoint but we have to keep writing true to us.

  3. The trailer is wonderful. Wow. Someone poured their heart and soul into it. Happy IWSG day, Pat.

  4. I hear you and when marketing, you'll know exactly who your ideal reader is. :-)

    Anna from elements of emaginette

  5. Great job, Pat! Congratulations on your trailer and your book. Your co-hosting is fabulous. Thank you.

  6. I love that you haven't been swayed by negative reader responses. Writing can make you feel very exposed and staying true to yourself and to live in your writing is a brave thing to do. Sarah

  7. Loved that trailer. The music added so much to the atmosphere. I watched the entire trailer!! You are welcome to be my guest author on my blog anytime. Best wishes with this story!
    JQ Rose

  8. Hi Pat, I couldn't find your book trailer. Could you send me a link so i can check it out?

  9. Stunning trailer! Well done!

    Staying true to yourself is the only way to go. We'll never please everyone, and people who feel obligated to make hurtful remarks are revealing their own deficiencies, not ours.


  10. Great trailer!
    You're welcome on my blog any time!!

  11. Pat, what a great post! You are so right. We should not write to please others. We want others to be interested in what we write, but the writing must please us first. Your line: "I want to live in my writing and not die in it." is powerful. All best to you!

  12. Your trailer is moving and professional. Good job, Pat!

  13. I really enjoyed your trailer, Pat! Very evocative! I agree that we can't write for others. It's sort of like living to please other people--it will make you crazy.

  14. Great trailer!!
    And it's good to see you staying true to your writing.

  15. Dear Pat, I also really enjoyed the trailer, very professionally done and evocative of the emotions in the story, hinting at plot and character in a way that pulls the reader right in. Yes, I'd love to feature you on my blog any time. The link here to Amazon doesn't take us directly to purchase page for the book (I looked it up by title), and the story is not listed yet on your author page on Amazon. Looking forward to reading this -- Congratulations!

  16. So sorry for my late response. It's great that you aren't swayed by negative feedback and stay true to your writing.


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