Wednesday, October 2, 2013

IWSG, Nick Wilford's New Venture, and Giveaways

Is it just me, or is this a crazy busy week in the blogosphere? I feel like there are so many things going on! Not the least of which is the monthly meeting of the Insecure Writer's Support Group, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. This month's co-hosts are Beverly Fox, Julie Luek, Rachna Chabria, and Ilima Todd. Have fun hosting, all!

I'm still on a total high over my cover reveal for The Ghosts of Aquinnah (major thanks again to everyone who is helping me out!) and for once I couldn't really think of a topic for this month's group. It's truly a miracle when I can't think of anything I'm feeling insecure about and I'm sure it won't last. But for now I thought I'd let the insecurities lie and simply focus on sharing positive news this month.

Nick Wilford launched a new business this week and I'm excited to help spread the word about it! I also plan to keep Nick's services in mind for the future, assuming I ever finish my WIP and need help with editing. :D

Here is all the info from Nick himself:

With the unstoppable rise of self-publishing, it’s easier than ever to put your words and stories out there in the world. This is a great thing, and I’m all for it. However, it’s not just about the story - although of course, that is the most important part - but the way it’s presented. After spending months or years on a novel, building an incredible world and honing your characters and storylines to perfection, the last thing you want is to be let down by a lack of editing. It’s just as important as an arresting cover image.

Nick Wilford, Freelance Editor is a one-stop shop for affordable editing, proofreading and formatting services. With professional training and ten years of experience as a journalist and editor, the time has come to transfer these skills in order to help out the fellow authors I have come to love.

But it doesn’t stop there. I’m ready to edit anything; from a crucial term paper, to memoirs and other non-fiction books, short stories, articles or job application letters. Let me put that finishing touch on your masterpiece.

Feel free to take a look at my website for further details of my services and prices.


Nick Wilford is a writer, freelance editor and stay-at-home dad. Fascinated by words from a young age, he trained as a journalist before embracing the calling of fiction. When not writing he can usually be found spending time with his family or cleaning something. He has four short stories published in Writer’s Muse magazine. Nick is also co-running a campaign to get a dedicated specialist college built in Scotland.


Congratulations and best of luck to Nick!!

Since I'm sharing positive news, I also want to give a plug to the fantastic Michael Di Gesu, who is responsible for my cover for The Ghosts of Aquinnah as well as blurbs for both of my novels. If you are in need of covers or blurbs, I can't recommend Michael's work enough.

Finally, thanks to everyone who participated in my September Giveaway! The winner of the $20 gift card was Roxy Meto, while Elena Istomina and Sheena-kay Graham won the Polar Night swag.

I'm starting a new giveaway for October and will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card and an ebook copy (.mobi or .epub) of Polar Night. Entry form below!

Happy October, everyone! My favorite month of the year. :)

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  1. Ah, an insecurity-free stretch of time - enjoy it, Julie! You've worked hard to get here - you deserve it. :)

  2. Yes, it's a busy week! Your cover was everywhere, which was awesome. Michael did a great job on it. Keep that high for a while!

  3. Love your spooky cover! I'm always looking for a great ghost story this time of year, so I'm going to have to check it out.

  4. Congratulations to both Nick and Michael!
    And yes, it's a hectic week, for sure!

  5. Thanks, Julie, and props to Michael! Having seen some of his intros and covers, he's very talented.

  6. Congratulations again Julie, you and Michael did an awesome, awesome job!

    Good of you too host Nick and Michael's new ventures! Good luck to both of them!

  7. This is GREAT news about Nick's business. With guys like him & Michael, self-publishing a quality work becomes even more doable.

  8. You're right, there are some great things happening at the moment. Huge congrats to Nick and Michael.

    I've got my entries in for Polar Night too :-)

  9. You've worked so hard and I think the tour went well (you were everywhere) so enjoy the success. :) I entered for Polar Night too!

    Shah X

  10. @Madeline, thanks! This will likely be a short stretch LOL.

    @Alex, thank you, I am going to try to do just that. :)

    @Stephanie, thanks!! I really appreciate that!

    @Michelle, it really is, which is great but also crazy LOL.

    @Nick, my pleasure and best of luck again.

    @Yolanda, thanks so much! And I think both Nick and Michael will have tons of success. :)

    @Nicki, isn't it? That's just what I thought.

    @Annalisa, thanks for entering! :)

    @Shah, thanks so much, I appreciate it. :)

  11. Congrats again on your new cover/novel. Can't wait to read it. :))

  12. I love seeing our friends developing their talents! Great for Michael and Nick!!
    And I agree, this month has SO much going on blogwise. And they say blogging is dead .... humph!

  13. I had no idea that Micheal did your cover. That's so cool. I'm definitely keeping Micheal and Nick in mind for future projects.

  14. Congrats on revealing your book cover, Julie. And I'll definitely be contacting Nick and Michael in the future.

  15. The reveal has been HUGE, J! I've seen you everywhere, which is awesome. :) (You'll be on my blog on Friday!)

    I mentioned Nick today as well. I talked about failure and having the courage to try, and I think guys like Nick and Michael exemplify what it means to put you and your creativity out there. Hope they are both massively successful in their endeavors.

  16. I've seen your cover everywhere. It astounds me at how fast you can put a book together. I hope ghosts is an immediate success.

  17. That is fantastic news for Nick and Michael! I'll probably need both of their services in the near future :D

  18. Yay for Nick! He's awesome. I've already read your post on Annalisa's blog today. :) And hooray for Michael!

  19. Lots of good news here. Congrats all around! :)

  20. Hi, Julie,

    Glad you are so happy and on such a high!!!

    Congrats to Nick! I wish him every success.

    And, thanks for the shout out, Julie. I means so much to me that you are so happy with my work!

    All the best with Ghosts.... I can't wait to get my copy!!!! I'll display it proudly on my bookcase...

  21. @LG, thank you!

    @Pk, that's a good point - it really doesn't seem dead to me at all!

    @Brinda, yeah, Michael does amazing work, I love what he did for me.

    @Cathy, thank you!

    @EJ, oh, that's great to hear. And thanks again for sharing the cover this week.

    @Michael, I hope so, thanks!

    @Samantha, oh, that's exciting that you will have a book ready soon. Can't wait to hear more about it!

    @Christine, for a minute I forgot that my cover was on Annalisa's site and I got confused LOL. I was thinking I did a guest post and forgot about it. My brain is totally fried as usual LOL.

    @Melissa, I second that. :)

    @Michael, it's a thrill to think of the book on your bookcase. :)

  22. Love, love, love your new cover. Congrats and best to you on the release. So exciting! :) And congrats to Nick and Michael both. So neat and exciting. :)

  23. Yay for no insecurities! That's the best feeling :)
    There does seem to be a lot happening this week!

  24. @Rebecca, oh, thanks!! I'm so glad you like it.

    @Laura, it is! Now if I can just get it to last. :)

  25. Congrats again on your awesome cover - you deserve to be proud, and I'm glad the insecurities are being kept at bay for the moment.

    Wow! How delightful that both Nick and Michael are launching businesses to help writers. That's great news! :-)

  26. Best of luck to Nick!
    And yay for you getting Michael to help you out, awesome work ;)

  27. I need to add something for Nick, Michael and Carrie Butler. They are all starting side businesses that I hope keep them very busy!

    Love your cover. Looks like my kind of book!

  28. It is a crazy busy month. Congrats to Nick! And Michael did great work on your cover.

  29. @Lexa, isn't it great? I hope they both find tons of success.

    @SK, he did do an amazing job, I'm so thrilled with it.

    @Elizabeth, oh, that's right, Carrie is launching a business too! It's so awesome to see so many people branching out. And thanks about the book!

    @Mary, really it seems between now and the end of the year is going to be crazy. Lots of fun stuff coming up. :)

  30. This week does seem to be filled with countless cover reveals and other launches. So exciting, and also a tiny bit overwhelming, too!

    That's fantastic how you're not feeling insecure right now! Wish I could say the same about myself, haha. Hold onto this feeling for as long as you can!

  31. I'm always delighted to read that someone is insecurity free! Good luck and congratulations to Nick and Michael!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  32. I'm always delighted to read that someone is insecurity free! Good luck and congratulations to Nick and Michael!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  33. I'm always delighted to read that someone is insecurity free! Good luck and congratulations to Nick and Michael!

    Shannon at The Warrior Muse

  34. Julie, thanks for telling us about Nick's venture. I hadn't heard about it! (But of course Michael is one of my favorite people! He does such great work!!!!)

  35. @Heather, aww, I'm sorry you're feeling insecure right now, hope you can get rid of those feelings soon.

    @Shannon, it's such a rare thing for me LOL.

    @Morgan, I'm so glad to help spread the word about Nick, and of course I agree about Michael. :)

  36. Michael did a terrific job on your cover and blurb Julie! Congrats to Nick on also providing an excellent service! I agree with Nicki that they both make "self-publishing a quality work more doable!"


  37. @Julie, I agree and it's great for all of us to have these services available. Win-win for everyone. :)

  38. Hi Julie - it's great Nick is being given so much coverage for his Freelance Editing work .. I sure hope he gets some work ..

    While Michael did an amazing job - with the art work and blurb ...

    Congratulations to you for writing the book though!!!

    Cheers to one and all - Hilary


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