Announcing MOTHER WRITERS blog posts

Being a writer comes with its own set of challenges no matter what stage you are in. Published. Unpublished. Your writing journey is your own and what you make of it. We’ve all had our fair share of ups and downs. Luckily, the writing community, both online and in-person, is a vibrant source of encouragement and inspiration.

The one thing I found is that there are others out there like me: mothers who are writers too! Woo! I’m not alone! Finding a community is important for your journey. Over the past couple of weeks, others have been posting their successes for 2017 and dreams for 2018. I also recently watched some videos about branding and platforms for authors. My brain swirled with ideas for days until one struck me.

In January 2018, I’m launching blog posts for and about mothers who are writers, simply called Mother Writers.

The posts will be based on my own personal experiences as a writer who is a mother of two, but I invite other mother writers to contribute too. I hope you will find encouragement, ideas, and inspiration from these posts within the community, but also the reassurance that you’re not alone in this writing journey!

Me with my two kids, Peyton (11) and Jake (4).

How to submit:

I’m looking for your stories, experiences, tips, and strategies for writing as a mom. If you’re interested in submitting as a guest blog contributor, please follow my guidelines.

Mother Writers Submission Guidelines

Your submission must:

  • be written by you.
  • be part of your personal experience as a mom who is a writer. The content has to fit within the blog theme and blends both being a writer and being a mother in the content. Mother Writers is a blog for and about mothers who are writers trying find balance in life.
  • be positive, inspiring and motivating. Humor and gifs are definitely welcome.
  • include your name (no anonymous authors) and a one line bio.
  • not be more than 1000 words.
  • not include buy links to your books.
  • must include the entire content of the submission. For example, I don’t want to see the following, “To read the rest of this, visit and read my blog.” As a part of the bio, I will include a link to your website/blog.

You may email your submission to jacy@jacysellers.com. Please no attachments. Paste the blog submission into the body of the email. Put “MOTHER WRITERS – [title of blog post]” in the subject line of the email.

Keep in mind:

Posts are prescheduled and typically go live every other Thursday, depending upon the number of approved submissions.

If your post is a good fit for the blog, you will receive a response.  If you don’t receive a response, please feel free to try again with a different submission.

I may ask you to revise your post to make it clearer or stronger. Your title will include “Mother Writers” as a part of it. Your post may be edited for clarity, grammar, and overall style. If there are any major changes made, you will be asked to review and approve it before it goes live.

This is a just for fun and inspiration blog.

Thank you for being part of the Mother Writers community!

Announcing my Seasonal Book Giveaway (SBG)!

The writing community continues to be an incredible source of encouragement and inspiration for my writing journey. Having participated and won some giveaways in the past, I decided to do one of my own. You can never have enough books right?

Welcome to my Seasonal Book Giveaway (SBG)!

When: Every season: Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall, I will host a giveaway for books! The Rafflecopter link will be posted via Twitter, Instagram, and my blog on the first day of the giveaway month and your chance to enter will end on the last day of the month.

How: Enter my Rafflecopter and you have 3 ways to earn entries:

  1. Follow @jacysellers on Twitter
  2. Follow or subscribe to my blog
  3. Follow @jacysellers on Instagram

What: Winners will each receive one (1) hardback book of choice from the seasonal selection list posted in the giveaway post. The winners will be announced on my social media outlets and contacted via DM or email for mailing addresses. It’s that simple! And yes, international is included for these giveaways if your country is listed for the free shipping on the Book Depository! I may also use Amazon too.

Books: I have a selection list for the giveaway, but if there’s a specific book that the winner really wants AND it’s available, I’ll try to make it happen!

Why: Why not? Books are treasures and I believe that we all need beautiful treasures in our lives.

Good luck and happy reading!

Quick resources for creating names

One of my favorite parts of writing is coming up with character names. There’s just something about naming a character that also makes them come alive. I wanted to take a moment to share three of my best resources for naming inspiration.

Fantasy Name Generator is an incredible naming resource. There are over 1100 name generators, as well as many description generators, guides and various tools. You can also submit a name too. This website offers names based on fantasy species and it also has a vast finder for place names, such as caverns, waterfalls, asylums, and steampunk houses. Don’t forget to check out the ‘other names’ page for things you might need named in your stories like artifacts, thrones, or hackers.

Babble has a baby name section on their parenting website. This site offers searches using genders, meaning, origin, trending, or alphabet. If available, it also includes famous namesakes and themes.

Behind the Name provides the etymology and history of first names, including other facts such as popularity. A fun part of their website includes a random name generator and allows you criteria options, including a opportunity to generate a life story.

Of course, there’s always Google too. Do you have a favorite resource for naming a person, place, or thing in your stories? Feel free to share in the comments!

Writers. It’s okay to take a pause.

[Thanks for reading. Here’s a fun post filled with gifs and thoughts on taking a break.]

The writing journey is a winding trail of moments and emotions, both positive and negative. When the path encounters more moments of frustration and overwhelming emotion, it’s time to take a pause.

I’ve been known to submerge myself and ignore the real world during my writing  journey. I hide for hours, forgetting to eat a meal and/or skipping a shower. [Sorry not sorry if that’s TMI.]

At some unknown point, a trigger sneaks in and disrupts my unhealthy cycle. These triggers can include anything from a writing block, a disheartening critique, emotions on social media, crickets in queries, a form rejection, or someone calling you out on your lengthy isolation. Think of these triggers not as hurtful punishments, but as a sign of tough love to force you to become a better writer. The triggers encourage you to take that pause.

My pauses occur sporadically, mostly depending upon what’s going on inside my mind, my heart, and my life. Either way, a pause is a healthy and positive opportunity to step away and recharge.

The journey of writing and publishing can be rough and lonely. It has it’s ups and downs, somedays it will feel like there are more downs than ups. Other days, it will feel like you’re on an island.

Remain aware of the triggers before they wreck you. Console yourself with some trustworthy writer friends who will lift you up. Thank you to who have been there for me. I am here for you when you need it.

When you run into a wall, maybe it’s time for a break.

Personally, I’ve found it to be a challenge to take a pause. Why? Obviously, I don’t want to miss out on anything. I usually end up taking short one or two day breaks, then dive right back in.

Writing is a job and a passion. I don’t care what anyone tells you. Writing and publishing a story takes commitment, teamwork, and hard work, complete with blood, sweat, and tears. But the good news is you’re not alone. This journey involves writer pals, critique partners, mentors, mentees, agents, editors, publishers, interns, furry friends, and family.

We spend countless hours in our craft. We pour over our words and scrutinize every detail, every plot point, every crutch word, every character name, every comma, every dialogue tag, every everything!

At the same time, when you’re a writer, you’re enrolled in never-ending continuing education courses – whether you know it or not. Take a pause to think about all you have learned in your writing journey so far.

Wow! Right? So, where have you learned it from?

You’re constantly absorbing information to improve yourself. Here’s a short list of that information: writing, world building, character profiles, story plotting, editing, critiquing, querying, pitching in various ways, deep edits, professionalism, social media tools, networking, engagement, and the list goes on and on.

You’ve probably taken a lot of these ‘courses’ in all different formats from social media threads and blog posts to resource books and in-person workshops. Let’s not forget book festivals, signings, conventions, vloggers, online research tools, webinars, and writers’ groups. Yes, folks. No matter where you are in the journey of writing, we learn FROM EACH OTHER!

You’ve absorbed quite a lot and there’s more to come. Are you tired? Stressed? Worried? Hungry? Stinky? Frustrated? Panicked?

No matter where you are in your writing journey, you deserve a pause.

If you’re feeling the emotions, you must take a pause. 

You earned yourself time to read a book from your massive TBR pile, sip some beverage of choice, and/or write a review for a fellow author. Maybe you’ve been burning to do some blog posts about what you’ve learned in your journey. It’s time to give back. You may even wish to binge something on tv. Do it. Have you been outside? Considered going to a community event or taking a stroll. Maybe the local library, indie bookstore, or a quaint coffee shop?

Think of something new and different. Seek inspiration, encouragement, and comfort. Make it something that will give you meaningful pause.

For me, I read something new, spend time with my family, disappear into thrift stores, or paint on old windows.

After your pause, come back refreshed and ready to conquer your next thing!

What do you do? How long are your pauses? Add a comment below. I’d love to hear about it.