Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Insecure Writer’s Support Group and IWSG Twitter Pitch! Plus March Movie Preview, New IWSG Swag, New Releases, and Ninja News

It’s time for another group posting of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group! Time to release our fears to the world – or offer encouragement to those who are feeling neurotic. If you’d like to join us, click on the tab above and sign up. We post the first Wednesday of every month. I encourage everyone to visit at least a dozen new blogs and leave a comment. Your words might be the encouragement someone needs.

My awesome co-hosts today are Tamara Narayan, Patsy Collins, M.J. Fifield, and Nicohle Christopherson!

March Question - Have you ever pulled out a really old story and reworked it? Did it work out?

That one’s easy – yes! I wrote a story as a young teen and it sat in a drawer for thirty years. When I found it again, I decided the characters and concept had merit so I completely rewrote it.
Did it work out? That story became my first published novel, CassaStar, and went on to become an Amazon best seller in science fiction, selling tens of thousands of copies.
So yeah, it worked out! Which is why I tell everyone not to give up on those old manuscripts.

Now for a couple big announcements:

Hashtag #IWSGPit

July 27, 2017, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Eastern Time

All writers and authors are invited to participate in our very first Twitter Pitch. Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On July 27, Tweet your pitch. If your pitch receives a favorite/heart from a publisher/agent check their submission guidelines and send your requested query. Many writers have seen their books published from a Twitter pitch - it’s a quick and easy way to put your manuscript in front of publishers and agents.

We invite all of you to join us that day! Authors with a publisher or agent, please ask if they would like to participate or pass along their contact information to the IWSG. We intend for this to be a twice yearly event, July and January, giving our members a great opportunity for publication. Help us spread the word!

New Swag!

Check out the IWSG Swag page for some cool new stuff, including mugs and erasers.

The tiny profit we make from sales of IWSG swag goes to fund opportunities to make the IWSG better for everyone and extend our reach. We recently created our own business cards and have another amazing option that will provide benefits to our members as well.

Last but not least, we need co-hosts for April, May, and June. Co-hosting means a lot more visitors to your site that day and is even more fun that just posting. Please leave a comment if you can help.

Ninja News

Please support the next IWSG anthology, Hero Lost: Mysteries of Death and Life, by signing up for the Thunderclap campaign.
The anthology authors are working hard to market the book. They’ve also set up a Hero Lost website, covering everything from the theme and genre to the stories and authors.

LX Cain is giving away two audio books of her novel, Bloodwalker.
See her site for details.

New Releases:

Galactic Outlaws III: The Outlaw's Savior by Susan Kelley/Gourley
Find it at New Concepts Publishing

Monsters in Our Wake by JH Moncrieff
Find it on Amazon

White Witch Magic by Megan Morgan
Kentucky Haints #2
Find it at Amazon, iTunes, and Barnes and Noble

Adam's Apple and the Infinite Regress by LG Keltner
Read it for free at Smashwords and Wattpad

Dazzle Me by Juliana Haygert
Find it on Amazon

March Movie Preview

Here are the upcoming theatrical releases for March! As always, descriptions courtesy of the IMDB. Snark provided by me.

3 –

In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan's attempts to hide from the world and his legacy are up-ended when a young mutant arrives, being pursued by dark forces.
Director: James Mangold
Stars: Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Dafne Keen, Boyd Holbrook
Jackman’s last chance to be in a Wolverine film that doesn’t suck…

The Shack
A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called "The Shack."
Director: Stuart Hazeldine
Stars: Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer, Tim McGraw, Radha Mitchell
A man goes to meet God at The Shack only to discover it’s Shaquille O'Neal.

10 –

Kong: Skull Island
A team of explorers and soldiers travel to an uncharted island in the Pacific, unaware that they are crossing into the domain of monsters, including the mythic Kong.
Director: Jordan Vogt-Roberts
Stars: Brie Larson, Tian Jing, Tom Hiddleston, Corey Hawkins
No snark, just excitement. Giant, furry ape excitement!

17 –

Beauty and the Beast
An adaptation of the Disney fairy tale about a monstrous-looking prince and a young woman who fall in love.
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Dan Stevens, Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Ewan McGregor
The touching true story of Donald and Melania Trump.
(Got to throw Trump haters a bone now and then!)

24 –

An international space crew discovers life on Mars.
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Stars: Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds, Hiroyuki Sanada
Looks like a great science fiction film with a solid cast. I guess you could say I am pro-Life.

31 –

Ghost in the Shell
A cyborg policewoman attempts to bring down a nefarious computer hacker.
Director: Rupert Sanders
Stars: Scarlett Johansson, Michael Pitt, Michael Wincott, Pilou Asbæk
Two hours of Johansson running around in skin tight outfit? Plot optional!

What are your insecurities today? Have you ever reworked an old manuscript? Joining us for our first Twitter pitch? Picking up some new swag? Picking up some new books? And what movies catch your attention this month?
Next Monday – MST3K returns!!


Elephant's Child said...

I get to be first? Wonders will never cease.
Congratulations from a greedy reader to all writers. Your perserverance, diligence and sheer hard work make my world a better, brighter, richer place.
And good luck with the Twitter party. Yet another social media this dinosaur avoids.

Heather R. Holden said...

Wow, that's awesome how you were not only able to breathe new life into an old story, but find so much success with it, too. Congrats!

Elizabeth said...

Hey, you posted early! I couldn't resist a chance to be in the top few comments, since I'm still up :)

That's awesome that CassaStar came out of your teenage writing. I wish I would have been more diligent back then and started writing some of those ideas I had.

I still need to get some of that IWSG swag. Nice to see more items available. The pitch party sounds of these days I'll get on Twitter.

Mary Aalgaard said...

I reworked last year's entry for the anthology? Not "really old" but giving something another chance.
Thanks for all you do!

nashvillecats2 said...

Loved the post Alex, hey! you're early today.
Will post my ISWG LATER.
Interesting news and reviews and thanks to you all who are behind the scenes if the ISWG.


Suzanne Furness said...

Goes to prove that no writing is wasted writing! Thanks for sharing this news as it is particularly relevant to my 'insecurity' this month! The Twitter party seems like a great idea too, is it likely to be relevant to UK writers as well do you think?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Alex - yes you really had a good story with Cassa Star - I'm so pleased you revived it and are here encouraging us all along our way. The Twitter pitch party sounds interesting ... twelve hours of it .. I guess will be covering all countries. The Swag looks fun - and am glad you're making a small profit and putting that back into opportunities for the group ...

Congratulations to one and all - cheers Hilary

M.J. Fifield said...

I didn't know that about CassaStar—very cool origin story. I don't think anything good has come out of any of my teenaged writings. :)

Ray Rousell said...

Great little story about CassaStars' humble beginnings! I do like the sound of Life, looks a good cast too??? And who doesn't love Wolverine?

dolorah said...

What an amazing success story. And, I signed up for the Thunder Clap. Can't wait for the anthology to go live. I don't tweet, so won't be attending the twitterfest thingy. FB and Blogger take up too much time as it is.

Cathy Keaton said...

I do agree that old stuff that seems like fodder can be made new again. I haven't really had that experience, but I never like to "throw out" anything. You never know what you could recycle. Even a character can be saved from an old bad story!

Sarah Foster said...

I guess it's never too late to finish a story!
I love the Twitter pitch! Although I suspect I won't have anything polished enough by then. I'll have to check it out, though!

Nancy Gideon said...

Love your 'Drawer to Bestseller' story, Alex! I'd be happy to help with co-hosting in May or June. Let me know. And Wowsers on the Twitter Pitch. What a great idea!

kaykuala said...

You did very well with your Cassa Star Alex. One can never know. Keep it aside instead of crumpling it all up in frustration. 30 years on and that's it - a best-seller. A lesson in tenacity for us all. The Twitter pitch is an interesting phenomenon, a great opportunity for everyone.A cohesive joint effort it'll become eventually. Your Swag goodies is an interesting line-up of offerings too. Great!


The Cynical Sailor said...

That's so cool that CassaStar was based on an old manuscript. Congrats to everyone on their new release and thanks for helping to spread the word about the anthology marketing efforts. Cheers - Ellen

Erika Beebe said...

All these movies look so great! I am not even sure how I'll decide which one to see first. I love the twitter pitch. Thank you. Your answer to this month's question has inspired me. Maybe it's time to put some energy into my old Quaker piece from high school, 20 plus years later. I know there are so great parts of it. Have a great rest of your day, Erika

Mason Canyon said...

Glad you decided to give your story another shot, Alex. Congratulations to all those with new releases. Some intriguing stories there. Wondering about Logan. I had heard recently that Patrick Stewart said he wasn't going to play Professor X anymore. The trailer for Life looked intense.

J.L. Campbell said...

Good thing you never gave up on Cassia Star! Happy over the new IWSG swag and by the books listed, we writers are always up to something!

Cathrina Constantine said...

It might take time but old manuscripts can work, and yours worked to perfection!! I definitely supported the Thunderclap.

I love your witty movie critiques!

G. B. Miller said...

I think your old story post is the ultimate success story, so to speak.

None of those movie titles really intrigue me. Personally, it seems that for the past...several...years, most of the movies that have come out have be either really left of left or right of right in terms of content/topic, so they really don't move me to go out and drop my hard earned dollars.

I'm sure I'll probably see them if/when they hit the movie channels.

Rhonda Albom said...

I am currently reworking an old draft, but my old is only a few years, nothing compared to yours. As for the rest, I am looking forward to Beauty and the Beast.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elephant's Child, you are first! And we love greedy readers.

Thanks, Heather!

Elizabeth, yes I did!

Mary, that certainly counts.

Suzanne, of course! All writers everywhere are invited to join.

MJ, you never know.

Ray, I'm hoping I do this Friday.

Donna, I imagine they do.

Cathy, yes!

Sarah, still plenty of time.

Nancy, thanks!

Ellen, we want it to sell gangbusters.

Erika, do it!

Mason, neither he nor Jackman will be back in their roles.

GB, I avoid the really left ones.

Donna K. Weaver said...

CassaStar? Awesome. I love to see that kind of thing happen.

I just recently heard a trailer about the Shack. That should be interesting. I'm really looking forward to Beauty & the Beast.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Your recap of Beauty and the Beast-hahaha:) How exciting to pull together a Twitter pitch party. I know those are a lot of work. And congrats on not giving up on your old ms!

Natalie Aguirre said...

Awesome how your book was something you started so long ago and picked up again. And the twitter pitch party sounds like a great opportunity for some writers.

Sandra Ulbrich Almazan said...

Sounds like CassaStar had to wait even longer than my own series!

Just supported the Thunderclap. Good luck with it!

Yolanda Renée said...

Love your movie comments! :)

Signed up for the thunderclap, and if your success story doesn't inspire nothing will! Congratulations!

See, sometimes it pays to keep the past.

Pat Hatt said...

Goes to show that one needs to keep at it indeed. Logan will hopefully be good, can't be much worse than the first one at least.

Nick Wilford said...

I would say you are the most shining example of why giving an old manuscript a brush-up might be a good idea. Hopefully after today's posting, we'll see more success stories from authors doing just that!

A Twitter pitch day? Very interesting. I'll have to give it some thought.

Signed up for the Thunderclap!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

So much going on! And yeh for IWSG's continued growth! :)

I can co-host in either April or June. Just let me know....

L. Diane Wolfe said...

The Twitter Pitch is going to be fun.

I can't wait to see Skull Island. And Logan of course because I love Hugh Jackman.

Julie Flanders said...

You definitely have the best "old story" story. So inspiring!
Amazing how much you guys have going on with the IWSG. Thanks for all that all of you do.

Crystal Collier said...

*high five* Here's to the revived old works club. We rock. One of my critique partners makes me laugh. She has written close to 30 books, and she swears only two of those will ever see the light of day. I think that would kill me, but we all have a different process, eh? Some people write by quantity to develop. Some rework the same thing until they figure things out.

Cheese for us. =)

mshatch said...

I read the book The Shack and it wasn't nearly as astonishing as the cover led me to believe. Probably won't go see the movie. And I really think they should let wolverine rest in peace or at least give him a HEA.

Christine Rains said...

I agree with you to never give up on the old stories! And that's awesome about the IWSG Twitter pitch. I am excited for Logan and Ghost in the Shell. Have a great week! :)

Heather M. Gardner said...

Poor Wolverine. He had so much potential. Why can't we find good scrip-writers anymore?

I'm setting my sights on GoTG Vol.2 and I'm saving my pennies!!!
Did you see the new trailer? AWESOME!


Glad you didn't give up on Byron!

Have a great day!

Bob/Sally said...

Thirty years, eh? Hmm, maybe my half-formed plot to resurrect the fantasy novel I wrote during university isn't so crazy. I've resigned myself to the fact that it's going to be amateurishly written, but I still love the world and the characters, and I think I know just the right tone for it.

Unknown said...

Now THAT'S a success story! Also I love that IWSG is hosting Pitch Party! to get something ready before then!

Dean K Miller said...

My insecurity revolves around a memoir I'll be co-writing this year. New territory for me, but an exciting challenge as well. My first novel is only 6 years old in drawer years . . . maybe I should let it age a bit longer!

Unknown said...

How awesome that you took a 30-yr-old story, rewrote it, and it became a bestseller! Every author's dream!

It's true that many author have been discovered by doing Twitter pitches. Yay for WSG for doing its own Pitch Party!

Congrats to Susan, JH, Megan, LG, and Juliana on their new releases!

I can't believe they made another remake of King Kong and Beauty and the Beast. At least the rest of the movies sound good.

Thanks for mentioning my audiobook giveaway!! :)

Hart Johnson said...

Congrats to the Lost Hero authors! I'm excited to see how that goes! And I will definitely help share the Twitter Pitch session, too.

Angela Wooldridge said...

Love that story about CassaStar!

Valerie Capps said...

Thirty years? Impressive! Did the technology change much from the original? I tried to rework an old manuscript--a Time Travel Romance--and failed miserably. You wouldn't think references to technology would make much difference in a Time Travel storyline, would you? I decided it would be easier to start a new manuscript instead and gave up after the second chapter.

Arlee Bird said...

The Shack is not a book that I'd recommend due to it's weird views on God and Christianity. I wouldn't recommend that anyone pay to see this film in the theater. I might get the DVD on Netflix--maybe out of curiosity--but still I don't know if it's worth my time. I already wasted time reading the book.

Arlee Bird
Tossing It Out

Karen Lange said...

Yes, don't give up on those old manuscripts! I also have reworked articles, long ago submitted but rejected (or never sent out). Even with our once thought "lousy" stuff, there's great potential.

J.Q. Rose said...

Your success with the "old" rewritten story is inspiring. Okay, gonna drag out an oldie story and re-work it. And I'd be happy with selling 1000's of copies too.!!! Congrats!
I read the Shack and loved it. What a different take on Christian faith. I don't think I'd like the movie. Books into movies usually disappoint me.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Reworking old manuscripts has worked for me too - I never throw anything away, it's all in a filing cabinet for those days I fancy browsing through.

Congrats to all the new releases this week!

Gwen Gardner said...

Twitter Pitch sounds fun. I don't have anything polished and ready, but maybe next time. I'm signed up for the Thunderclap (I tried to sign up again but they wouldn't let me, LOL). And now I want to go buy some swag. Have a great week, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, thanks!

Thanks, Yolanda!

Pat, or the second one.

Nick, appreciate that.

Madeline, thanks!

Crystal, it would take me a hundred years to write that many stories.

Marcy, this is officially the last one.

Heather! Yes, watched it this morning. Totally awesome.

Bob, write it anyway.

Karen, it blows my mind.

Megan, hope you do.

Lexa, you're welcome.

Thanks, Hart.

Valerie, just a few technology things changed.

Lee, haven't read it so no idea.

JQ, do it.

Gwen, thanks!

LD Masterson said...

That's so cool about CassaStar. I found a half finished novel I'd written in my teens. Laughed hysterically all the way through it (it wasn't a comedy) and shoved it back in the drawer.

So the Twitter Pitch is open to people who aren't officially members of the IWSP, yes?

Cherie Colyer said...

Twitter pitch party sounds great! I've marked my calendar just in case I have something to pitch. Signed up for the Thunderclap, congrats to everyone who has a story in the anthology.

Rachna Chhabria said...
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Pat Garcia said...

That CassaStar became your first published book is very encouraging for me. Thanks for sharing this tidbit because I needed to hear it.
Shalom aleichem,

Rachna Chhabria said...

Hi Alex, you are so lucky that you could turn your old manuscript into a bestseller. I wish I could do that :( but my older stories are pathetic. I am scared of even revisiting them.

I am excited for the IWSG Twitter Pitch Party. Its one day after my birthday.

Btw... wondering why your wife would laugh if I call you adorable ;)

Loni Townsend said...

Woot woot! That's awesome that CassaStar was one you pulled out of a drawer and brushed off.

I don't have anything I want to pitch, but maybe I'll see if my friends are on board.

Tamara Narayan said...

I guess this means I have to learn how to Twitter. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. I recognize several names in the new releases which is good. I need some new things to read. My daughters want to see the new Beauty and the Beast. I'm still holding out for It and The Gunslinger.

If you need another co-host, I can do any of those months.

Juneta key said...

Loved the Trump comment and that movie is on my list to see, along with Kong and Logan.

Pitch party sounds interesting. I am hearing more and more about those trending.

Congrats to all the author releases too.

Yup I rework old stories or ideas all the time.

Juneta @ Writer's Gambit

Chemist Ken said...

I remember writing a couple of chapters on a story back in high school. It was a complete ripoff of Star Trek, but it was fun. I think it was thrown away when I went to college. Too bad, I'd sure like to go back see how bad it was.

Patsy said...

30 years? Crikey, that's nearly twice as long as I've been writing!

The Happy Whisk said...

"That story became my first published novel, CassaStar, and went on to become an Amazon best seller in science fiction, selling tens of thousands of copies."

So flippin' cool

Victoria Marie Lees said...

Bravo to you, Alex! And that's why you are our fearless leader here at Insecure Writers. I can't wait until I complete a full-length novel to be able to pitch on twitter or anywhere. Thank you for all these opportunities made possible through IWSG. All best to you, sir.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Thanks for the book shout out. I think you were extra snarky in your movie comments this month. Agree about Logan. Can someone please make a Wolverine movie that is good. Life sounds interesting. Better than the other option. My daughter wants to see Beauty and the Beast so I'll probably go with her.

Misha Gerrick said...

Congrats to everyone with books coming out. :-)

That plot optional comment made me giggle.

Anonymous said...

That rework definitely worked out in your favor, Alex!

Sadira Stone said...

Alex, thanks for all you do for us insecure writers. You, sir, rock!

Andrew Leon said...

My "first novel" is actually currently in development.

A Beer for the Shower said...

See, the difference between CassaStar and my old stuff is that your old stuff was actually good. Mine is locked up tight somewhere in a drawer (probably should just burn it), and it doesn't see the light of day because it's cringeworthy (hey, we all had to start somewhere, right?).

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

LD, it's open to all writers!

Thanks, Cherie.

Rachna, hopefully she thinks I am, but I imagine she would still laugh.

Loni, invite everyone.

Thanks, Ivy.

Victoria, hopefully you can pitch it in July.

Susan, you're welcome. I worked extra hard on the snark. The last Wolverine movie was just God-awful - we deserve better.

Misha, I'm just speaking the truth as a guy.

Thanks, Rhonda!

Brandon and Bryan, if you could only see the first version of that story though...

cleemckenzie said...

I think I must have tossed all my teen writing. Sorry I did because it would have been fun reading it again.

Great stuff at IWSG!

Sandra Cox said...

Wow, Alex. I knew you'd been an Amazon best seller but had no idea you'd sold that many.
You and Steven King. I think Under The Dome gathered dust for over 20 years before he pulled it out and took another look.

N. R. Williams said...

The twitter pitch thing sounds like a good idea. Now, if I can only remember.

Raimey Gallant said...

You're hosting a pitch party - yea! My book may actually be done by July. And you must be a really good writer to have been able to rework and successfully publish something you wrote as an early teen. I can't imagine anything I wrote early on is worth much of anything. :)

Stacy McKitrick said...

I hope to see Beauty and the Beast in theatres (but not sure if I'll get to). As for old manuscripts, my oldest was published second, so I guess in a way I did rework it for publication, even though it wasn't that old (5 years).

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

I started one manuscript several years ago. I was sharing it chapter by chapter with a few ladies I trusted. They were loving it! But I stopped before finishing and deleted it everywhere. Will I ever try again? Maybe. I have lots of folks that tell me here and there and from time to time that they feel I have a book in me. But for now, I don't want to dedicate the time it would need to develop.

As to movies, I might would like that new Beauty and the Beast, but I doubt I would watch any of the others. What I REALLY want to see is Hidden Figures, about the women mathematicians that worked behind the scenes at NASA.

Sad you won't be in the Challenge this year, but glad the IWSG is going well!
Barbara from Life & Faith in Caneyhead

Murees Dupè said...

I have to start looking through old stories in my flip-file. One never knows. Congrats on all the exciting things happening for IWSG. You guys are awesome.

stephen Hayes said...

I've written three novels and all have been reworked a few times, but I haven't been able to drum up any interest in them.

Chrys Fey said...

That book became CassaStar? Awesome!

Liz A. said...

All I ever do is rework old manuscripts. And rework. And rework. Maybe one day I'll finish one ;)

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

What a wonderful story about your first novel. And look at you now.
The Twitter Pitch sounds like fun. Better polish my work and have something ready.
Have a great week.

Susan Flett Swiderski said...

Wow, when you pull an old manuscript out of mothballs and breathe new life into it, you don't mess around, do ya? That's quite a success story, and it should give other writers the encouragement they need to pull some of their old work out for a second look.

that Twitter pitch sounds like a lot of fun, but there's no WAY my WIP will be polished enough to consider doing something like that this year. I hope lots of other writers find happy ending by participating in it, though.

Fundy Blue said...

Hi, Alex! Your story about the origins of the Cassa series is truly inspiring! Lucky for us that you dusted that old manuscript off! I can co-host in April, if you need still someone. I've never heard of a twitter pitch before. Lord knows where I'll be on July 27th ~ maybe Nova Scotia. I don't even have a twitter account ~ but what a marvelous opportunity for IWSG writers! Enjoy your busy IWSG Day!

Carrie-Anne said...

I let my local writers' group know about the Twitter pitch party. Some of our members are interested in traditional publication, and will probably want to take part. I did a lot of Twitter pitch parties in the past, mostly through Brenda Drake's PitchWars and PitchFest contests.

SpacerGuy said...

I love monsters! God bless them, hey maybe thats what I've been missing all along Monsters in Space, LOL! You see I did write a cosmic story once but being a trekker the parameters of my storyline was founded on star trek logic when in fact... you see what i needed was Monsters!!!! not logic!!!! so my poor story got shelved. Curse the logic of it. Wheres a good angry Monster when you need one??? My insecurity today is my Spacerguy Google+ page apparently the robots.txt are angry at me. If only I knew real monsters.

J E Oneil said...

It must have been a good idea, you just needed the skills as a writer to get it out there :).

The Shack. I burst out laughing at your joke.

Lynda R Young as Elle Cardy said...

Lots of great movies coming out! I'm particularly looking forward to seeing Logan, which is released today! Yay!

Jemi Fraser said...

I knew that would be your answer! :)
I'll sign up for the Thunderclap!

Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh, I had no idea that you wrote it when you were a teen. That's fantastic! So glad you hung onto it and pulled it out again when you were older. What a great little tid bit I learned today!

SK Anthony said...

Yay for reviving it! Can't imagine the world without CassaStar!!! :D

I have to go stalk IWSG site to check out the swag! And looking forward to supporting the next anthology campaign!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Love the snarky previews. :)
I'm definitely joining for the Twitter pitch.
Thanks for the Lost Hero shout-out today, Alex!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sandra, wish I'd sold as many books as King.

Nancy, we'll send out a reminder in the newsletter.

Raimey, I think I was a damn lucky writer.

Barbara, Hidden Figures is a great movie. Sorry, just don't have that kind of time anymore.

Chrys, yes it did!

Susan, I go for it! I should give other writers hope period. Sorry you won't be ready for the Twitter Pitch, but it will be the first of many.

Fundy, thank you!

Carrie-Anne, appreciate that!

Spacer Guy, bummer! Do we need to go all Ninja on Google?

JE, I am here to amuse.

Lynda, you get to see it early - of course!

Elsie, you learned something new. You can go home now.

SK, thanks!

Nicki Elson said...

Can you imagine if you'd left that manuscript collecting dust? So glad you gave it new life.

The Twitter pitch sounds amazing!

Patricia Stoltey said...

Life looks like an interesting film. I'll add that one to my list.

Jen said...

So many books and movies coming out! The only one on my radar is Beauty and the Beast.

I'm looking forward to the Twitter pitch. I'm hoping that I'll have this novel I'm currently reworking finished and ready to go! It'd be a nice birthday present to myself :D


Jen said...

And I totally forgot to say that I'm available for co-hosting in June if you're still in need :) Ugh...this brain fog!

Olga Godim said...

Oh, I love it that your CassaStar originated from an old story. There is hope for all of us here.

Toi Thomas said...

CassaStar is a great book. So glad you gave it another go.
The pitch party sounds pretty cool.
I love your snark. I too am excited about the Kong movie.

Ann V Friend said...

{{{hugs}}} and blessings (smile)

Empty Nest Insider said...

Not only is CassaStar a great success story, but it's the gift that keeps on giving. CassaStar led to your blog which led to the creation of the IWSG and more great books. So I'm very grateful for CassaStar! Good luck with the Twitter Pitch Party!


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Tyrean, you're welcome!

Nicki, I can't imagine now.

Jen, that would be cool. And thanks!

Olga, I should give everyone hope.

Julie, I know!

Unknown said...

I was late to the party today . . . how'd March get here already?! So cool about Twitter pitch party! I'm super excited about Beauty & the Beast :-)

Joanne said...

you brought experience and perspective to your ancient manuscript and it worked...onward into a series, etc. Congrats and that shows that hard work and skill pay off.
Your movie comments are hysterical. I am psyched for Beauty and the Beast.
And I am still saying I am ScarJo's stunt double...ha! Dare to prove me wrong

I am Pro Life!!! I Pro Choose it for sure

L.G. Keltner said...

Those old stories frequently have more potential than we realize. I'm glad you unearthed that old story!

The Twitter pitch is an excellent idea! It's so exciting to watch the IWSG grow and grow the way it has.

Thanks for mentioning my story!

Caitlin Coppola said...

Bet you're glad you decided to give the old story another go, eh? And the twitter pitch sounds exciting@ said...

Teen you had way more talent than teen me. I wrote VERY cheesy poems. THey should never see the light of day again. ;)

Renee Scattergood said...

I need that mug! Hey... Mother's Day is coming up... hehehe! :-D

Birgit said...

I. Late to this...busy day and then our power went out. I think, sometimes one has to start all over again and it comes out even better. Look at your book as proof. I am really looking forward to Beauty and the Beast...the sad thing is that Trump would consider himself Beauty:) the Kong movie also looks quite good.

Jennifer Lane said...

Beauty and the Beast is about the Trumps? LOL!

That's awesome Cassa Star began in your teenage brain. :-)

Helena said...

I'm so impressed that what you wrote as a teen could become in your adult years a great novel! As for me--I'm afraid the best fate for a few of my old manuscripts is to never see the light of day.

I can't tweet at all but I'll certainly give it a try this July. Thank you for the heads-up, Alex.

Jessica Therrien said...

What a great back story for CassaStar! I bet you're glad you kept that one! said...

Excuse my delay in visiting, Alex.

It's a good thing you knew to hold onto your story...for thirty years. My old writing didn't have any elements of a story. It's funny to look back at stuff I wrote long ago.

Recent insecurities have more to do with life versus my writing, even though everything's related. But I'll push through.

Be well.

Denise Covey said...

Hi Alex. I still think it's amazing how you wrote CassaStar from that boy's manuscript. Fantastic. And that Twitter Pitch sounds good, as do all those new releases by lovely bloggers! Have a great week!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Jamie, no worries!

Joanne, Amen and too funny. I'll take your word for it.

LG, you're welcome.

Kim - funny!

Birgit, that made me chuckle.

Helena, hope you join us.

Jessica, I am!

Robyn, sorry!

Tonja Drecker said...

Wow. Your book was a revamp? I'm awed :) So excited about the twitter pitch thing - IWSG is expanding at amazing speeds! I'm really looking forward to Beauty & the Beast, and I'm not usually a big fan of those things. I'm wondering if it's my age beginning to influence things.

Sandra Cox said...

The twitter pitch is a great idea! Hope it moves many of our group members forward.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I'll have to hurry and finish a book!

You really brought the nark with the movie comments. Much impressed and still giggling.

Tonja said...

That's awesome that you reworked an idea after all those years.

I have finally figured out how to approach a story idea I had in a science class in college - the class was Science and Science Fiction (for the liberal arts crowd). The story was mired with hopelessness and was real still with not much actually happening. I am much better at plot now than I was as a 20-year-old. LOL. I think I got nailed for the science not being 100% correct - the prof. didn't seemed too worried about story-telling.

Mark said...

I have some stories I'd like to rework, but it's surprisingly difficult. Still working on a way to make it fresh for myself.

Cherie Reich said...

It can definitely be worth it to pull out an old story and rework it. I love your snarky commentary on the movies! :)

Jo said...

I seem to think Beauty and the Beast was written a long time before Disney was born, the man or the company.

I didn't realise Cassa Star had been THAT successful. Way to go Alex.

Looks like some good movies coming up.

Stephanie Faris said...

I love that story about CassaStar. Very inspiring!!! It shows that stories can find life later, even if we can't make them work the first time around.

Liza said...

IWSG just keeps growing and growing, and is such a help. The Twitter Pitch campaign sounds amazing.

Kristin Smith said...

I love that story of how you were able to revive an old manuscript and it turned into a bestselling novel! So inspiring!

Wow, there are SO many good movies coming out! I'm excited for Beauty and the Beast, and I laughed out loud at your description about Trump. Lol.

Cool! I think it's great the IWSG is doing a Twitter Pitch Party in July! I'll mention it to my publisher, for sure. :)

H. R. Sinclair said...

Great news on the twitter Pitch Party and awesome new swag!

I tried to sign up for the thunderclap, but I'd already sighed-up and forgotten! Oopsies!

Sherry Ellis said...

I think it's great that resurrecting an old manuscript worked out so well for you.

EEGiorgi said...

Wow, that makes CassaStar even more special, how cool! I once reworked a whole novel into a short story and as much as it hurts to dump all those words out, it was so much better as a short story than a novel :-)

Unknown said...

That's great that you were able to rework your project like that! I love it when that happens. I am doing something similar, although mine hasn't sat around that long... :-) it's definitely harder in some ways, but it's certainly encouraging to know that something you wrote long ago as a young writer had such merit.

Michelle Wallace said...

So CassaStar was a 30-year old plot? That long?
Did you forget about it completely, or did it linger at the back of your mind from time to time...just wondering?

Liesbet said...

This has to be the most perfect answer to this month's question, Alex! And something a lot of writers would dream of.

Thanks for the movie reviews and new book releases. I am reading Monsters in our Wake right now and plan a few cinema visits over the next two months, since the owners of the house we are taking care of right now left us a free pass! :-)

Jean Katherine Baldridge said...

Very funny!
OH, and my insecurities these days? They always have SOMETHING to do with my hair!!!
jean :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Wow, after 30 years? Good for you Alex! I want to see Logan!

Optimistic Existentialist said...

Hi, Alex!! I am so so ready to see the movie "Life". I am a sci-fi buff. Also, as a random aside, are you a fan of British TV shows??

Mason T. Matchak said...

I think you saw what my insecurities are this month. >_< I think it's very cool that IWSG will run Twitter pitch stuff; I know that's worked out well for a lot of people and I do have a good quick pitch for my book. As for reworking an old manuscript, my third book was a rework of my first, and I still consider reworking that from the sub-villain's POV, so who knows, it might happen again.

And the only movie I plan on seeing soon is "Logan", but your comment on "The Shack" was hilarious. ^_^

DMS said...

How awesome that you reworked an old ms from 30 years earlier and it turned into a series. Bravo! Guess looking at it with fresh eyes really helped. :)


Jean Davis said...

Congrats on turning the old ms in to a bestseller! That's awesome! And thanks for the movie info. I keep seeing people talk about these things like I should know what they are, but I've been under a rock editing. Now I'm up to speed. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Elizabeth, I aim to amuse!

Tonja, age brings wisdom.

Jo, it was. And thanks!

Holly, I've signed up twice as well.

Kelsie, I should give all writers hope.

Michelle, it lingered...

Jean, funny!

Keith, Monty Python was one of the greatest shows ever! Yes, I do watch a lot of British shows.

Mason, glad I could amuse.

J.H. Moncrieff said...

Thank you so much, Alex! You are such a sweetheart. I love that you promote our books without us ever having to ask. It means a lot.

The Twitter pitch is great news! Those are always fun. I definitely plan to participate.

John Wiswell said...

Haha, I'd say that rewrite worked out pretty fricking well my friend!

Cynthia said...

Glad to hear that your rewrite came with an especially happy outcome.

I like Emma Watson, my kids like Beauty and the Beast, so I'm pretty sure we'll all see that movie at some point.

Yvonne Ventresca said...

The Twitter Pitch party sounds like a great opportunity! I hope people sign up for the blog tour. :)

Stephen Tremp said...

Cool coffee cup! I'm getting the movie binge bug again and lining up shows the fam doesn't want to see: Logan, The Great Wall and John Wick Chapter Two.

H.R. Bennett said...

Oh man, where do I begin? I can't wait for the Life movie. It reminds me of the old school Alien trailer. On top of that, I had no idea that LX had an audio book deal. I'm going to have to go check that out. Thanks.

Unknown said...

This is my confession for the day. I really dislike MST3k. I KNOW! I can't explain it either.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Truly inspiring! I'll hold on to some of those ideas o' mine. ;)

Your movie commentaries. lol But also not watching anything with ScarJo in it for a while.

Debra Renée Byrd said...

Forgot to mention the Twitter Pitch Party. That's so exciting!!!

Deniz Bevan said...

Awesome! Love the book club idea!