#IWSG – Beta Author-Author?

August has been a low month as I fell ill a few weeks ago – MS related. The multiple sclerosis MonSter ensured all work was scrapped – except I did post my WEP/IWSG flash entry:


I’ve been steadily working on this month’s Insecure Writer’s Support Group post in advance of the due date. Can’t disappoint the Ninja Captain himself by calling in absent – even if I’ve been sick. Anyway, thanks Alex J. Cavanaugh for creating the Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

Visit their site for exciting posts. Insecure Writer’s Support Group.

And, before I forget, here are the details if you want to enter the 2020 IWSG Anthology Contest. It’s a challenging theme again – Dark Matter –but I’m sure you’ll be inspired. For the contest visit:


Anyway, on to the monthly question which is another challenge – and possibly a chance to digress – as usual.

September 2 question – If you could choose one author, living or dead, to be your beta partner, who would it be and why?

The idea of one of my ‘idol writers’ as a beta partner is intriguing – and daunting.

Would Ray Bradbury have felt my convoluted tales worth wasting feedback time over?

Would J R R Tolkien have related to my crime stories and minimal world-building?

What would Mary Shelley have made of my 21st century morals?

However, I realise their input would be as professionals and rise above our genre/era/style differences. But I’m looking elsewhere – well, to the living.  

I have recently had my WIP, Fevered Fuse read by three fellow authors/writers.  One was fellow IWSG Anthology author Rebecca Douglass, one fellow WEP/IWSG writer Toi Thomas – winner of the last Challenge, and the third and ‘diversity reader’ was screenwriter/producer/director Dawn Ostlund. And the feedback was first class.

So, if I was raising my expectations and seeking names?

Well, my debut novel was endorsed by Kristina Stanley, best-Selling Author of the Stone Mountain Mystery Series – https://kristinastanley.com/. I also use Fictionary the creative editing software she has developed for fiction writers and editors – https://fictionary.co/. So, Kristina would be a choice, although maybe as my Story Editor.

If I had to choose a living successful author, who would relate to my current Welsh series, it would have to be Harry Bingham, best known for his Fiona Griffiths crime series set in South Wales – https://harrybingham.com/. Fiona Griffiths is a quirky detective who might have some interesting interactions with Sparkle Anwyl. And Harry Bingham runs Jericho Writers, which offers writers expert editorial assistance – https://jerichowriters.com/. So, Harry it is.

Best get moving on approaching that next beta reader. As Sergeant Marc Anwyl says, ‘Crime never sleeps.’


The awesome co-hosts for the September 2 posting of the IWSG are PJ Colando,J Lenni Dorner,Deniz Bevan,Kim Lajevardi,Natalie Aguirre, and Louise – Fundy Blue!

How can I be repetitive asking you to agree these guys are the best? Especially as they all have concerns, fears, and insecurities. But they struggle on, so ticker-tape applause for all of them – plus toasts with the best brew available.

A special shout-out to Louise – Fundy Blue who runs the IWSG Anthologies blog this year, keeping me on my toes.

Visit the IWSG Anthologies blog at:


Purpose of IWSG: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

Posting: The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. Talk about your doubts and the fears you you have conquered. Discuss your struggles and triumphs. Offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling. Visit others in the group and connect with your fellow writer – aim for a dozen new people each time – and return comments. This group is all about connecting!

Let’s rock the neurotic writing world!

Our Twitter handle is @TheIWSG and hashtag is #IWSG.

Every month, we announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience, or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

16 thoughts on “#IWSG – Beta Author-Author?

  1. Sorry to hear of your health travails. This year has proved to be one of those “if it ain’t one things it’s another” kind of years.

    I especially like the idea of Ray Bradbury’s writing advice. From clips of him I’ve seen on TV he also seemed like a rather affable fellow.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  2. Wow. I hear you. August, for me, brought pancreatitis and a gall bladder removal which brought it on. Sometimes when it rains, it does pours. Hope you’re feeling better, and I hope this month brings you good health and cheer.

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  3. Thanks, Roland! You’re just awesome! What can I say? And I’m sorry that you have been struggling with MS. But we can’t let down Alex, can we? The first thing I saw when I looked at your post was C.S.Lewis. I almost chose him for a Beta reader, but I went for Stephen King. Of course, I recognized all the Inklings, favorite writers of mine! I’m with Rebecca ~ I want to read your Sparkle story! Please, please, please take care of yourself!

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    • We definitely can’t let Alex down, Louise. He has created so much and keeps interacting with us.
      As for the Inklings, I believe I’ve read writings from all the core group, although I didn’t encounter Owen Barfield until my twenties. But all were possible as Beta readers in my mind.
      Sparkle Anwyl is my writing priority – as my contribution for the IWSG Anthologies blog should make clear.

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  4. This year has been bad my health too, one thing after another: surgery, radiation, and the COVID on top of that. I sympathize fully with your medical problems. But we struggle on, don’t we?
    Your choice of betas is amazing: so much variety.

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    • I’m sorry to hear your health has been bad too, Olga. I hope your mention of Covid didn’t imply a personal loss. My family have had scares but are still okay. But I pray for everyone and the planet at this critical time.
      Stay safe, sensible, inspired and inspirational.

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