Wednesday, March 6, 2013

IWSG and the Overcoming Adversity Anthology

It's time for another meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted as always by the Ninja Captain himself, Alex J. Cavanaugh.

I was having trouble thinking of a topic for this month's group, and then I learned about the new book Overcoming Adversity - An Anthology for Andrew, which went on sale this week.

I missed the official release date, which was Monday, March 4, but I thought the IWSG meeting would be a great chance to help spread the word about this wonderful book, which is brought to us by fellow blogger Nick Wilford at Scattergun Scribblings.

Here is the information:

A collection of seventy moving and uplifting original pieces - real life, flash fiction, and poetry - about battling against the odds and the ultimate triumph of the human spirit. The contributors include Amazon bestselling authors Alex J. Cavanaugh and Kyra Lennon, and the cream of upcoming talent.

The anthology is part of a fundraising effort to send the editor's stepson, Andrew McNaughton, to a specialist college in England. Andrew has cerebral palsy, and is a remarkable young man with a promising future. However, the free further education options offered in his own country of Scotland will not challenge him and allow him to progress. In order to access the education he deserves, Andrew will have to pay exorbitant fees, thus creating a situation of discrimination.

Help us get Andrew to college by buying a book that runs the full gamut of human emotions, ultimately leaving you inspired and glad to be alive. Whatever struggles you are going through, our sincere hope is that this book will help.

Purchase Links:
Amazon UK
Amazon US
I remember reading some of the stories that are included in this book during the Overcoming Adversity Bloghop, and they are all truly moving and exceptional. And I can't imagine a better cause than helping a young man get the education he deserves. 

I thought this book fit in with the IWSG because for me, when I am struggling with insecurities, it can be very helpful to read inspiring stories of people who overcame their own personal obstacles and beat the odds. It's a great way to get me out of my own head and get my butt in gear.

So I'm excited to have the opportunity to help spread the word about this wonderful book and to help the cause in whatever way I can. I wish all the best and much success to Nick and Andrew! :)

Hope everyone is having a good March so far, and I wish everyone a great month ahead, with insecurities kept firmly in check so they can't cause any trouble. :D


  1. I got my copy and have been Tweeting and Facebooking about this book.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. You're so right Julie-- remembering our blessings and keeping perspective about what true difficulty is, keeps us in a grateful place!

  3. Great tie in. And I do hope we can keep the momentum going for awhile on the book. It did pretty well on Amazon for the first day. :)

  4. Brilliant, Julie. You are so right. Inspiring stories do help when we are feeling insecure.

  5. It feels good to see all the blog support for Nick and Andrew.

  6. Hi Julie .. it's a wonderful thing Nick has done - getting us involved, putting the ebook together, getting it on Amazon etc and now working on the actual paperback ...

    I thought I'd wait til the paperback came out and it'll be round about the time I'll be back blogging ...

    Cheers it's good to remind us on another day ... and I so love that cover - Hilary

  7. Excellent post, and a great way to spread the word about Nick's book! I agree, reading about people who have overcome difficulties is fantastically inspiring!

  8. Hearing about other's struggles is great therapy and lets us know that, indeed, we are not alone.

    Great point, Julie!

  9. @Shelly, I've done some tweeting and FB too, need to do more of it.

    @Julie, definitely!

    @LG, I hope so too, it's great to see it doing well.

    @Karen, I definitely think so, it can really help.

    @LD, I agree!

    @Hilary, I agree, it's been amazing to see what Nick has managed to put together! And I also love the cover, it's perfect.

    @Kyra, it is, no doubt.

    @Mark, thanks!

  10. A great IWSG tie-in. I read a lot of those stories on the blog-hop too, and they were very inspiring.

  11. I'll be giving a shout to this book Friday. It was a fun project to be involved with.

    Happy Wednesday and IWSG, Julie!

  12. The more I see this book, the more confident I'm that Nick and Andrew will be alright.

  13. @Annalisa, I agree, I just loved the stories I saw on the hop.

    @Mary, thanks, same to you! :)

    @Al, that's wonderful. I think they will too. :)

  14. It's a wonderful guesture people writing to help this wee boy here in the UK.Overcoming adversity is hard, I have epilepsy which is still a stigma to many people but when diagnosed said Epilepsy is going to live with ME and no me with IT.,
    Good luck to all concerned and thanks to the people who wrote for the book.


  15. And if that isn't encouragement, I don't know what is!

  16. I love inspirational stories too.

  17. Congrats to Nick and the others!!

  18. It's a fantastic project and for such a worthy cause!
    I'm sure it's going to do well.

  19. I was honored to be included in Nick's book. I can't wait until the paperback becomes available. :)

  20. Great idea to include this for IWSG! I was honored to be included and it's definitely something we need to support. :)

  21. It's so awesome to have the blogging community come together in such a way!

  22. @Yvonne, I love your comment about epilepsy living with you, kudos to you for having the strength to manage it like that. Best wishes to you!

    @Alex, :)

    @Tonja, yeah, I can't wait to read the ones I missed during the hop.

    @nutschell, I second that! :)

    @Michelle, I think so too, fingers crossed anyway.

    @Melissa, oh, I didn't realize you had a story in the book, I missed that. Will look forward to reading it!!

    @Krista, I missed that you were in it too, how awesome! I'm sure your story is fantastic.

    @Ashley, I agree! :)

  23. Wat wonderful idea for IWSG! I'll definitely grab a copy. Congrats on the book release . :)

  24. I'm also inspired by people who have overcome their obstacles. I look forward to reading my copy.

  25. Congrats again to Nick for all he's done in creating this anthology! I've got my copy. Also, I just received your book in the mail today. Thank you again! I did already finish your book (Kindle version) and greatly enjoyed it. :) I will owe you a review, but I'm a little behind on my reviews at the moment, so bare with me.

  26. @Medeia, I totally agree.

    @Michael, oh, thank you! I'm so glad you liked the book and I'm also so grateful to you for getting the Kindle version. :)


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