Before we move headlong into 2013, I want to take a moment to celebrate the writers who won the 12 x 12 in 2012 picture book writing challenge. These are folks who completed 12, or more, picture book drafts during the year. I made this short video to congratulate them on their achievement. I hope you’ll watch and extend your own congratulations in the comments. Many thanks to all of you who “reported in” with your winning numbers! 🙂

12 x 12 in 2012 Winners, in the order of their appearance in the video

That’s 375 Picture Book Drafts people! And this is only counting the winners who reported in, and does not count the hundreds of participants who wrote multiple drafts in 2012 but didn’t make it all the way to twelve. I’d call this an astonishing result! Truthfully, all participants are winners because we wrote more together than we would have going alone — LOTS more!

Thank you for joining me on this crazy journey! 🙂

Congratulations everyone! Looking forward to a fantastic challenge in 2013!

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  1. congratulations to all of you! (throwing confetti)

  2. Yay for all of the winners! If you completed more than 12 picture book drafts,….well, …stop it. You’re making me feel like a slacker! It’s 12×12, not 12×21 – TIM!!! Yikes! 🙂 Anyway – here’s to another productive year.

  3. Looking foreward to completing 12 more.

  4. Yippee!!!! We’re all so BODACIOUS! Congrads to us all.

  5. Congratulations everyone!

  6. Came back to say what a super de super video. Loved it. Thanks Julie. For EVERYTHING!

  7. Er, super de duper. (That’s what I get for trying to be cool)

  8. Wow! I want to be like all of you winners when I grow up! Congratulations and happy writing!

  9. congratulations to all. I wrote 20, but didn’t do the video. So there’s a few more to the tally.

  10. I smiled through t his whole darn thing. HOORAY FOR YOU!

  11. So fun! Happy to start my day with a grin… Thank you, Julie!

  12. Congratulations! You are such an inspiration! I hope to add my name to the list in 2013!! Hurrah! 🙂

  13. Congrats everyone! That was so cute Julie, thanks for putting together that video.

  14. Congratulations! You all did awesome!

  15. That way so much fun to watch, Julie. Great idea! Congrats to all

  16. You guys are hysterical – loved Robyn’s lasso gig! Yee-haw!

  17. What an awesomely fun video! I just LOVE seeing everyone! Yay US!!!! And now for 2013. Who knows what we can accomplish?

  18. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! I am impressed with the winning writers. Great job!

  19. Awesome clip, Julie…and for your next career…video mixer.:) (if that is what you call someone who puts a video together…you notice I didn’t do the video part…maybe next year I’ll know how)
    Congrats to everyone on the list…and not on the list…if you participated and wrote at least one…or have joined up to do it in 2013…then you ARE a winner.:)

  20. Congrats to everyone. I did do 15 drafts – but I was sick the first part of the month and I think I may have been late reporting in.

  21. Thanks for the awesome video, Julie! Congratulations everyone!

  22. Congrats! Amazing! Wish I had the complete “12×12 in 2012 library” on my shelf! Bethany would never hear the same book twice! (Alas, I got 12, but failed to report in on at Julies last request, having attached the task in my mind to the video…and was dad-burned determined to the video…I stumbled on that and, hence, the reporting….) Great accomplishment all, won’t 2013 be fantastic, enhanced by what we are learning through the forum?

  23. Love the video but um…why is there a line through my name in the list under it?

  24. Fan-flipping-tastic! There are lots of names on that list that I am very familiar with already from this year… This 2013 newbie is awestruck and inspired. Whoot whoot!

  25. That was fantastic. I adore you, Robyn Campbell! Nice job on the video, Julie!

  26. Love the video – so great to hear of everyone’s achievements – what a fab group we all were!

  27. Astounding to think of all of that creativity! Had it not been for this group, I know I would never have achieved what I did. A huge thank you to you, Julie, and to all of the 12x12ers!

  28. Neglected to report in–did “just” 12 drafts that I wouldn’t have done without Julie! Many thanks for a great year.

  29. Very fun! Thanks for making the video, Julie! Congratulations, winners!

  30. Thanks, Julie! It was a great twelve months of learning about the craft of picture book writing! congrats to everyone else too! 🙂

  31. Congratulations to everyone. Well done! Everyone should be very proud of themselves. Julie is right – everyone is a winner. Thanks Julie for the hard work getting us all involved. I look forward to joining you, Tara, and everyone else for 2013 – hopefully I can achieve more this time around.

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