With just one day left before the 12 x 12 in 2012 challenge begins – 12 picture book drafts in 12 months – I want to share some additional information about how the challenge will work.
First, you must sign up for the challenge by following the directions contained in this post NO LATER than midnight Mountain Time on January 29, 2012. People who sign up on or before that date will be considered the official participants, and therefore eligible for all prizes and giveaways throughout the year.
That said, anyone is welcome to sign up after that date and join in the camaraderie via the blog, the Facebook group, etc. But I want to make sure those that signed up from the beginning are the ones who will reap the greatest reward. It would also be too big of an admin commitment for me to add and track participants all year. So if you are interested in joining and you haven’t already, MAKE SURE YOU SIGN UP BY JANUARY 29th.
In addition to the Facebook group, don’t forget to tweet with the hashtag #12x to share with others!
First of the Month Posts
On the first of each month, I will feature a guest post by a published author or other industry professional with picture book writing tips and advice. This author will be the “featured” author for the month. Depending on the person’s availability, that might mean additional posts from them in the How I Got My Agent series, an interview with me, or other types of coverage on the blog. I will also feature at least one of the author’s books on Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book Friday series that month. Likewise, I encourage all of you to support our featured authors by reading, sharing, and if possible, buying their books.
I’m asking each featured author to donate a prize that would in some way help improve our craft. That might be a manuscript critique, a query critique, a marketing consult, a membership, a writing resource, etc. In order to be eligible for the giveaway, you must: 1) Be an official participant (see above); and 2) Leave a comment on the first-of-the-month post any time during the month. All official participants who leave a comment on the post will receive one point and be eligible for the giveaway regardless of whether they complete a full picture book draft that month. However…
End of the Month Posts
We want to give participants who do complete a draft an extra chance to win. So we’ll do check-ins on the last day of each month. If you completed a draft, let us know in the comments. This is on the honor system. I will not ask to see or verify such drafts. It’s your karma, not mine. 🙂
If you completed a draft that month you get one extra point. For those keeping track, that means all participants have the opportunity to earn a total of two points each month. Don’t forget to leave a comment on the first of the month post though, as only those who comment on BOTH the first and the last will get two points.
I will draw a winner each month using Random.org. Because the first of the month post will feature our guest author/industry professional, prize winners will be announced on the 2nd of each month.
And now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… Our first featured author is…
You didn’t think I was really going to tell you did you? Come back tomorrow! 🙂
There. Clear as night? Great, now let’s get ready to WRITE!Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Children's Books, Giveaway, Goals, Perfect Picture Book Friday, Picture Books, Works in Progress · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Giveaway, Goals, Julie Hedlund, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writer, Writing