It’s the first Wednesday of the very first month of 2024 (2024, HOW?!). So it must be time for us Insecure Writers to shine! More specifically, it’s time for the support of our fellow IWSG members to lend us a temporary sheen of confidence. It’s like an all-purpose glitter bath for the soul, and you can sign up for it yourself here.

As always, members have volunteered to keep us all on track with our posts and comments. This month, we owe our thanks to Joylene Nowell Butler, Olga Godim, Diedre Knight, and Natalie Aguirre! (Hi, Natalie!)

And the optional question to start us off in 2024 is:  Do you follow back your readers on BookBub or do you only follow back other authors?

Ha. Bahahaha! Oh, I love how this question pre-supposes I have readers who follow me on BookBub. Your confidence in me gives me confidence, IWSG, and I love you for it.

I do have a BookBub profile, and one more than 10 followers. Which came as a genuine surprise to me, because I don’t . . . um . . . spend a lot of time on BookBub. To be brutally honest, I spend more time on Goodreads updating what I have and haven’t read and making trope lists, and YET MORE time on Bookstagram. BookBub has some very neat features, though, and I should take better advantage of them!

I did notice that every single person I follow on BookBub is an author, and everyone who follows me in return is also an author. So unintentionally and entirely by default, the answer to this month’s questions is only other authors. Are there any actual readers on BookBub, or are they mythical? A hope and a dream offered by BookBub to lure us writers into using it? Is it just a promotion platform for authors, by authors? These are the life questions I now ponder. This gave me a fun mental image of identical ground squirrels popping their heads out of their dens to screech identical noises at one another, so thank you for the laugh today.

I hope the new year treats you gently, with care and consideration, health and hot drinks which are always the perfect temperature. May your ideas flow freely and the words to write them with come easily for you, author friends.