This next week is going to be very exciting … and amazing, fabulous, and wonderful.
Tomorrow, it is the Christmas meeting for the Springfield Writers Group, but it won’t be the penultimate event for the year. Next Thursday, we will be launching our anthology.
Every writing group has its own dynamic. My group doesn’t ask anyone for member’s fees, but we do expect our members to actually participate in the group on some level. Not everyone can make it to meetings, of course. But sharing useful (or amusing) articles to the group page on Facebook counts as participation. Being available to beta-read a story or act as a cheering squad is participation. Helping out at the launch counts as participation!
I am very proud of the professional vibe you get from our anthology. If it was put on a shelf in a bookshop, it wouldn’t look amateur or out of place. The stories in it are all high quality, even if they are in handful of different genres. Every story has a professional level of editorial polish.
As well, my article came out in the Queensland Writers Centre magazine this week. I’m in good company with Nick Earls and Trent Jamieson.
This year, I have really ‘felt’ like a writer’. I am putting that down to treating the writing as a profession and a job. As well, I spent more time going to writing-related events, which meant I was mixing with more writers. The QWC Christmas party occurs on the night after the launch! Two big nights in a row, all about writers and books. Oh, how I will suffer…
So, the book launch is not just a celebration of our anthology. For me, it is a celebration of a year where I’ve had a great many small wins.