It’s time once again for The Insecure Support Group (IWSG). Every month a motley crew of twittering writers shares either the answers to a monthly writing-related question or their own bubbling insecurities, whichever trips forward first. The co-hosts for the October 5 posting of the IWSG are Beverly Stowe McClure, Megan Morgan, Viola Fury, Madeline Mora-Summonte, Angela Wooldridge, and Susan Gourley!
October 5 Question: When do you know your story is ready?
I don’t. Pretty short answer, huh? Okay, okay … I’ll elaborate. The truth is when I just can’t look at it anymore.
Sounds bad, huh? Let me explain. I’m a constant fiddler, and at some point–some very long point, I will tire of the constant nature of rewrites. When that happens, I move it to the next step. But I always reserve the right to go back to it when I tire of whatever I’m currently working on. See why I said that I don’t know when my story is ready? 😉
Next up is a departure from my normal weekly news feature. One of my amazing critique partners just released her book, and I am ecstatic to be able to share it with you today. Lexa Cain is not only an amazing writer, but the characters and plot she created in Bloodwalker expose us to a world we haven’t seen before. Please check it out!
Lightning flashes. Another child disappears…
When Zorka Circus performs, its big top roars with laughter and cheers, but when it moves on, there are fewer children in the European towns it leaves behind.
Circus Security Chief Rurik suspects a killer hides among the international performers, but they close ranks—they’ve always viewed lightning-scarred Rurik as the monster. Nevertheless, he’s determined to find the culprit and stop them before anyone else dies and the only place he can call home is ripped apart by the murders.
Into Zorka Circus comes the Skomori clan, despised as gravediggers and ghoulish bloodwalkers. A one-day truce allows bloodwalker Sylvie to marry. Instead, she finds a body. Alerting others will defy her clan’s strict rules, break the truce, and leave her an outcast.
When more bodies turn up, the killer’s trail becomes impossible to ignore. Rurik and Sylvie must follow the clues—even if they lead to something unimaginable…
Amazon (Kindle): https://www.amazon.com/Bloodwalker-L-X-Cain-ebook/dp/B01IAGHS5K
Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Bloodwalker-L-X-Cain/dp/1939844258
Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bloodwalker-lx-cain/1123844780?ean=2940153034508
Powell’s Books: http://www.powells.com/book/bloodwalker-9781939844255/62-0
Dancing Lemur Press: http://www.dancinglemurpressllc.com/mysteryparanormalhorror
FB Profile: https://www.facebook.com/lx.cain
FB Author Page: https://web.facebook.com/LX-Cain-Author-504432766289367/
LX on Twitter: https://twitter.com/LXCain
Lexa’s Blog: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
Lexa on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lexa.cain.1
SOUL CUTTER (Will be re-released soon with new cover!)
The Inter-Galactic Gourmet, The Mission, and Biggun on Smashwords:
That’s about the size of it. When I read through it without wanting to change anything, it’s done. Congrats again to Lexa!
I’ve never read through without wanting to change something. That’s possible? 😉
Knowing when to stop “fixing” one of our stories is a huge challenge. Especially the first page! UGH I lost count on how many times I rewrote the beginning of my first novel.
I just bought Lexa’s book earlier today. I’m looking forward to reading it.:)
I’m in that ugh level of changes myself.
I’m so excited for Lexa.
I’m right there with you. 🙂
Anna from elements of emaginette
It’s such a problem, huh?
Nice answer. When you just can’t look at it anymore. I think sometimes we need that frustration of not wanting to look at it to help us kick the book out the door.
Definitely need frustration to move me. Shalom.
Congratulations to Lexa!
We could polish forever if we let ourselves.
I agree with the quote that says publishing is the only way to make writers stop changing things. ;-O
Thank you for sharing Lexa’s book release.
I tinker a long time, too. I just have to finally make myself stop.
Tinkering is definitely an issue. Argh…
None of us ever want to let our babies go. Just another tweak here … a little more polish there. It’s never-ending. The only way is to dive into something else. Thanks so much for featuring Bloodwalker on your post!! 🙂
Diving is a good solution until the shine wears off of the new one. 😉
You are very welcome! It is such a good book.