Writing: A totally exciting year. I had two books published this year (Guardian Angel Publishing and Featherweight Press). My short stories were included in two anthologies this year (Wayman Publishing and Knowonder). I signed contracts for two more books to be published in 2013 (Whiskey Creek Press and MuseItUp Publishing). And expect more anthologies, the first one releasing on January 1st, 2013!
I finished a novel at the last possible moment. Wrote loads of short stories and saw most of them published by Knowonder, Beyond Centauri, Spaceports & Spidersilk.
I thank each and every one of these publishers for taking a chance on my writing and me. I value the work you put into producing a quality product and I work hard to spread the word about it so that we can both stay in business and continue to work together into the future.
Social Media: I continued to love my weekly blog feature Three Times A Charm. I’ve met so many wonderful people involved in children’s publishing through this weekly interview feature and hope I can continue to attract intriguing guests through 2013. Open call can be found at the end of the post if you are interested, read what I’m looking for and contact me.
I introduced a new weekly blog feature, Building Character, which interviews a character from a children’s book. Oh my gosh it is FUN meeting a character outside their book! Why didn’t I do this sooner? Open call for this feature too. See if your character fits the bill outlined at the end of each post and then contact me.
I manage my own Facebook page and I’m a content contributor to the Guardian Angel Publishing and Knowonder pages. If you haven’t liked them, please do.
I had a fun and successful virtual book tour through World Of Ink in October and November. It was really great to reach out to a new audience through this great tour company.
Reading: I read 74 books. Three fewer than the year before. I think I’ll consider 75 books per year my ‘sweet spot’ The stand outs were:
Matched and Crossed = Most inspiring books to exercise to
Once Upon a Marigold = Most charming
Ashes, Ashes = Lingered longest (still sends a thrill through me when I see cover)
Endure = Most satisfying series ending
I’m a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President = Most laugh out loud moments
I read a lot of good books this year. Even read some books for grown ups, but honestly they weren’t as good as the middle grade and young adult books I read.
There were highs and lows just like in any year, but over all I’d say this year would score well on a report card.
Thank you to all my readers, likers, followers, friends, and family. You make it worthwhile. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2013!