First IWSG for 2021

6:00 AM Elizabeth Seckman 21 Comments

The IWSG lost a great friend in December. Jo Wake (Jo on Food, Life, and a Scent of Chocolate) has passed away. Jo was a great friend of writers.

She was an avid beta reader for some and for others, she would buy our books and offer reviews and shout outs from her blog. She never considered herself a "writer" although her poems and a few short stories made their way into publication, not to mention she wrote on her blog almost daily entertaining us with her check-ins and updates. If you knew Jo, you know she was a loving wife to Matt and a busy lady who never allowed life's hiccups to slow her down. She kept busy with her blog, her books, cooking, bowling, and the hunt for the best asparagus.

To honor Jo, the IWSG is hosting a hop on February's IWSG posting day in Jo's honor. If you knew Jo, we'd love to hear how she touched your life. If you didn't know her, we'd still love to have you join our tribute on February 6 and share a recipe that brings you warm memories of friendship and love.

Sign up here to join the official hop. 

Jo was more than a blogger buddy, she was one of the very best friends I never had the pleasure of meeting. So, I will save my words for the hop because she deserves for the words to be done right. The keen editor in her would appreciate that. 💚

Thanks to all of you who make up the IWSG and to this month's awesome co-hosts for the January 6 posting of the IWSG are Ronel Janse van Vuuren , J Lenni Dorner, Gwen Gardner Sandra Cox, and Louise - Fundy Blue.

Dark Matter: Artificial

An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology 

Discover dark matter’s secrets… 

What is an AI’s true role? Will bumbling siblings find their way home from deep space? Dark matter is judging us—are we worthy of existence? Would you step through a portal into another reality? Can the discoverer of dark matter uncover its secrets?

Ten authors explore dark matter, unraveling its secrets and revealing its mysterious nature. Featuring the talents of Stephanie Espinoza Villamor, C.D. Gallant-King, Tara Tyler, Mark Alpert, Olga Goldin, Steph Wolmarans, Charles Kowalski, Kim Mannix, Elizabeth Mueller, and Deniz Bevan. 

Hand-picked by a panel of agents, authors, and editors, these ten tales will take readers on a journey across time and space. Prepare for ignition! 

Founded by author Alex J. Cavanaugh, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group offers support for writers and authors alike. It provides an online database; articles; monthly blog posting; Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram groups; #IWSGPit, and a newsletter. 

Release date: May 4, 2021

Print ISBN 9781939844828 $14.95

EBook ISBN 9781939844835 $4.99

Science Fiction: Collections & Anthologies (FIC028040) / Space Exploration (FIC028130) / Genetic Engineering (FIC028110)

186 pages 

Artificial - Stephanie Espinoza Villamor

Space Folds and Broomsticks - C.D. Gallant-King

Rift – Kim Mannix

The Utten Mission – Steph Wolmarans

Sentient – Tara Tyler

One to Another – Deniz Bevan

Resident Alien - Charles Kowalski

Nano Pursuit – Olga Godim

Resurgence – Elizabeth Mueller

Vera’s Last Voyage – Mark Alpert

#IWSGPit Twitter Pitch

Thanks to all who participated in the January, 2020 Twitter pitch - over ten thousand Tweets and we were a trending topic!

The next #IWSGPit will be in January 20, 2021
8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
Create a Twitter-length pitch for your completed and polished manuscript and leave room for genre, age, and the hashtag. On January 20, 2021, 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.


Writers may send out 1 Twitter pitch every hour per manuscript.

Publishers/Agents will favorite/heart pitches they are interested in. Publishers can either Tweet basic submission guidelines or direct writers to their submission guidelines. (Writers, please do not favorite/heart pitches.)

No images allowed in pitches.

Pitches must include GENRE/AGE and the hashtag #IWSGPit.


  1. Hopefully we hear a lot from people about Jo next month.
    Congratulations to the anthology winners!

  2. I'm so sorry to hear about Jo. She sounds so lovely. I hope you are doing okay Elizabeth, and I wish you well in the New YEar.

  3. Jo was a feisty lady and certainly an avid bowler. When I met her ten years ago, it was in a bowling alley on the NC coast.

  4. I'm so sorry to hear about Jo. She sounds like a wonderful person.

  5. I'm sorry to hear about Jo.
    Wishing you well in 2021, Elizabeth.

  6. Congrats to the anthology winners. I'll sign up for the blog hop for Jo.

  7. Sorry to hear about Jo.
    And looking forward to this anthology...congrats to the winners!

  8. I am doing the blog hop, but I'll have the tissues nearby as I read everyone's post about Jo.

  9. I didn't "know" Jo, but this isn't the first time I've seen her passing mourned. She must have been a great lady.


  10. I'm so sorry to read about your friend, Elizabeth. She sounds like a wonderful woman.
    Suzy xx

  11. I've joined in to pay tribute to Jo. She was very sweet and I enjoyed her blog.

  12. I'm participating too, in honor of Jo. She was a wonderful feisty friend. Yay and congratulations to all the winners in the anthology contest! I can't wait to read it. I look forward every year to reading the IWSG Anthology no matter the genre. I might join in the twitter pitch this year!

  13. I'm sorry to hear about Jo. She sounds like a wonderful lady. The recipe tribute to her seems like something she would have enjoyed, and a very fitting way to remember her.

  14. I didn't know Jo but she sounds like an amazing person, loved by many people.

  15. She sure sounds like she was a wonderful person indeed.

  16. Well, I goofed and shared the recipe this month. Oy.

    I'm tardy in making return visits for IWSG because I was helping my mom move last week.

  17. Lovely sentiments:) She sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

  18. I'm so sorry for the loss of Jo. I know she was a great writer bud and that you miss her. Hugs,


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