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#IWSG–My Debut Novel Launches This Summer

writers groupThis post is for Alex Cavanaugh’s Insecure Writers Support Group (click the link for details on what that means and how to join. You will also find a list of bloggers signed up to the challenge that are worth checking out. The first Wednesday of every month, we all post our thoughts, fears or words of encouragement for fellow writers.

This month’s insecurity – I’m launching my book!

I’ve launched over a hundred nonfiction books, but putting my novel out there is a whole different thing. For one, it took 500 times longer to write–years instead of months. For another, it required a gut-wrenching honesty unnecessary in nonfiction. The latter is built on facts and research, but fiction requires a soul-bearing emotion that invites readers to judge you. In nonfiction–sure you can disagree with my facts, even my presentation, but it’s your opinion. Mine’s allowed to be different and everyone considers that a sharing of ideas. In fiction, if I don’t engage you in my story, you’ll stop reading–or worse, write a nasty review.

So, yeah, this is big. I have a few weeks before the cover reveal, while Kindle Scout is running my campaign. Then, the doors are open.


More IWSG articles:

Is NaNoWriMo Important if I Don’t Care About the Word Count?

Should I Continue My Newsletter?

Why do I get so few sales through Google Play?

Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer,  a columnist for TeachHUB, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. Her debut novel, To Hunt a Sub, launches this summer. You can find her nonfiction books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning.

76 thoughts on “#IWSG–My Debut Novel Launches This Summer

  1. How exciting. I feel just the opposite about fiction and non-fiction, if the non-fiction is a memoir that is. But it is an exciting time! Relish it and celebrate and I’ve no doubt it will be everything you want it to be.
    Wishing you all the best!

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  2. Congratulations on publishing your first novel, Jacqui! That is a huge accomplishment! Love your blog! It’s full of interesting things to check out. I wish you wonderful success with your book. I always feel naked when I write fiction. Soul-baring is definitely hard.

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  3. Good luck! I don’t have a ton of experience publishing, but I’m releasing a short story the end of this month too, and I have some of the same feelings! It’s both terrifying and exciting at the same time… What will readers think?! *gasp*

    And I find your words really insightful–there is a lot of introspection and honesty in fiction, even though my characters or their dilemmas may be nothing like my life, there has to be a part of me in them too. And that terrifies me–for I am also a very private person. So extra good luck and well wishes, from one fiercely private introvert to another!🙂

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  5. I hear ya about the nonfiction being easy. I’ve got two of those–piece of cake, really, especially in comparison, but this fiction biz is a whole different animal! But it’s where the real fun lies, isn’t it?🙂

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  6. Oh, good luck, Jacqui. What an exciting and anxiety-producing time. I don’t know one writer who hasn’t felt the jitters about a debut launch. You’ll survive it – enjoy the excitement. You are right, that fiction is a whole other animal in the way it requires an investment of your heart and feels personal. I’m looking forward to your book!

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    • I am, Erika. It took my kids growing up so I didn’t have to spend as much time on them (I was going to say ‘worry’, but that never stops) and now it’s my time. The process of walking down this yellow brick road, one foot at a time–that was daunting and is now a reality. It’s working!

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  8. I have only gotten to read your preview chapter, but I am looking forward to the rest. Since I’m not typically an action adventure can, I was surprised at how fast I was hooked. You’re a fantastic writer. The world of fiction just got better because you entered it!

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  9. HI,
    Congratulations! You have finally launched out into the ocean deep. This is your baby and of course, it is scary, but I applaud you Kiddo. It is going to be okay.
    Shalom aleichem,

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    • I have put this off for so many years, often by working on another novel. I think getting through this stage — finally — means a lot. I don’t think I’ll fear it as much for my future novels. Thanks for your kind words, Pat.


  10. Jacqui, so true about fiction being harder to write than factual. In the former you bare your soul, put everything into it and it is you out there, vulnerable. I’ll be terrified if I ever get that far! You’ll do great and look forward to reading the book.

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