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I am having a difficult time believing it’s spring since there was snow in my yard just two days ago. But I CAN report some good news from March. I revised like ca-razy — major revisions on at least three different manuscripts. And I did write a new draft, albeit not one that will be suitable for future publication because it’s already been published on my blog. It’s a little ditty I created in honor of Jane Yolen after spending a magnificent weekend at her master picture book writing boot camp. How Does Jane Yolen Say Goodnight? I’m counting it because it would be a book if Jane had written it, and not every draft will be one that ends up on bookstore shelves. This draft came straight from the heart too. If only all my manuscripts would! ๐Ÿ™‚

How about you my 12 x 12 friends? Are your manuscripts roaring like a lion? Let us know in the comments and in the Rafflecopter. Also, thank you once again to the wonderful Deborah Underwood, March’sย featured author, who showed up how to succeed in difficult genres. Be sure to stop back tomorrow to meet our April author!

Here is what you need to do to check in for a chance to win signed copies of Here Comes the Easter Cat and Bad Bye, Good Bye by Deborah Underwood:

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “Signed copies of Here Comes the Easter Cat and Bad Bye, Good Bye” at the top.
  2. Click on the “Comment on Deborah’s Blog Post” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on Deborah’s blog post. Commenting on Deborah’s post is mandatory and gets you one point even if you didn’t complete a draft in March. If you haven’t yet commented, click here to do so. Then you click ENTER on that option in Rafflecopter, which will then open the next two options.
  3. Click on the “Wrote a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you completed a PB draft in March. If you did, click ENTER, if you did not, move on to the next step.
  4. Click on the last “Revised a PB Manuscript” button. This will ask if you revised a PB in March. If you did, click ENTER. If not, move on to the next step.
  5. Submit your entry. Rafflecopter will track your points.

You have until midnight Eastern on April 1st to enter your results. Rafflecopter will draw a winner and I’ll announce it on the blog on April 2nd.

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  1. I completed everything for this month ๐Ÿ™‚ Again, I really liked your Jane Yolen manuscript. It would be perfect to include with a children’s author study.

  2. Well I did everything but revise a picture book manuscript. I’ve still got time, though. I’ll see if I get a moment of time tomorrow. If not I’ll be happy that I got a draft done and remembered to find the check in post this month!

  3. Thanks again, Julie and Kelli for this fabulous group and the motivation it gives me to keep writing.

  4. I managed it all as well too. You are keeping me so incredibly motivated. Thanks a ton – looking forward to tomorrow!

  5. I completed everything this month. I actually wrote an extra PB manuscript this month, but it was written on my phone while I was out and about, and unfortunately, my phone died its final death shortly after so it was lost to me. *sigh* At least I still have the idea of it, so I can try and rewrite it for April’s PB manuscript.

  6. Whew, wrote (thanks to Susanna’s Making Picture Book Magic class) and revised. Great month.

  7. Can’t believe I got so much done in March, but wondering about April, already over scheduled. Looking forward to April 1, my free day to begin revising again. Thanks for all the motivation that carries over to other areas of my life. On April 10, I will attend a book launch for The Alchemist Review, a UIS literary journal that published two of my poems in 2003 and, now, 2014.

  8. Despite feeling behind all month, I actually got a lot done in March – revised several manuscripts, wrote a new story and outlines two others. We’ll see if things hold up during April!

  9. My March picture book is finished, but it does need revising. I also revised an old picture book I just love this month. I’m going to send it out there again now. I also sent my chapter book to some agents. Being accountable helps!

  10. One draft, two drafts revised. I lost a little steam this month, but am still slowly building the portfolio.

  11. March taunted me with a “No way will you ever get everything done.” Hah! In your face, March. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. We had a lot of doctors appointments in March. But I wrote a new draft (rhyme), and revised an old one. I am surprised I got that done. Plus, I started revisions on my MG novel. Congrads to everyone.

  13. My focus this year is polishing, so no new draft, but LOTS of revisions. I hope to write a few drafts, but it didn’t happen in March.

  14. Melanie Ellsworth

    I’m still on track this year with my 12 x 12 commitments; last year I was already behind at this point, so I’m making progress! My new March PB draft needs serious work, but at least it’s out of my brain and onto a Word doc.

  15. March had a slow start but somehow found more time during the second half to write 2 (very) rough drafts and revised one I wrote last year. Feeling energized by the warmer weather!

  16. Got my writing and revising in early – good thing, too, looks like the end of this month is going to be a doozy.

  17. Karen Mae Zoccoli

    Feeling good for having completed my goals for writing this month and staying on task for 12×12! Must have been some March Madness fever!

  18. Julie, I love love loved your poem. It was inspired!

  19. My first entry! I got it all in this month – wahoo! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Finally, I can see spots of bare ground scattered here and there through the snow. I hope April lives up to its name with tons of showersโ€ฆrain please Mother Nature NOT SNOW!

    March was a busy month for me… in between Drs appointments I wrote 2 PB drafts and revised 3 existing manuscripts. Once again I was part of ChaBooCha and wrote the rough draft of a new chapter book which hung a left and became a Middle Grade novel. I also wrote a new query letter which I will submit to one of the April 12 x 12 agents.

    I hope everyone has a very productive April!

  21. Yes! I wrote a draft and revised! So, I’m all in for this month!

  22. Done. Done. And Done. Agent submission – also Done. 12×12 marches on. Marches… See what I did there?

  23. I’m so proud of myself for keeping up with the challenge so far this year! It’s feeling like a good year for me so far…thank you, Julie!!

  24. A lot of revision this month! One new draft posted on Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog for March Madness and another that begged to interrupt revision (so I let it).

  25. I did everything and even checked in on time. Congrats everyone!

  26. Yay! I’m on a roll…finally. We’ll see how long it lasts. Thanks for the push, Julie!

  27. Thanks for the motivation! I’m all done, on time, and ready for April!

  28. My first draft written! I couldn’t have done it without the motiviation of this site. Thanks all.

  29. Thanks to Susanna Hill’s MM contest, I have a new draft for March, but one of my revisions was a COMPLETE turnaround, so I’d almost count it as a new draft! Actually proud of myself that I was able to let go of the initial direction – after 18 drafts!

  30. No check in for me. I TOTALLY blew this month. ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, tomorrow is another day … and month.

  31. March is truly mad because I’ve written a Christmas-themed MS for the my Mar draft. It’s not like Christmas has been done THAT much, right? Besides, if Deborah can make magic for Easter, I can put a needed spin on Christmas….

  32. Yeah! If only I could be this productive every month. I wrote 3 pb ms! Love the help and friendships in 12×12.

  33. Sigh of relief that March is done. We too had snow after spring had sprung. Ready for warmer weather and another month to write and revise.

  34. Sniff! I did not get a new MS written this month, but I revised my heart out. I also spent a lot of time revising my illustration portfolio. ๐Ÿ™‚ Good thing is, I got a couple more really fun ideas for manuscripts that I will start fleshing out next. Even though I only got two out of three this month, I feel like I am making progress. Thank you. T.

  35. 3 completed manuscripts and 3 revisions so far this week, and I’m on to my 4th manuscript. How fun!

  36. I wrote two picture book ms this month! Feeling good for the time being.

  37. I didn’t write a manuscript this month, but am working on a minor revision of one PB and a major revision of another MS, after having a thorough evaluation by an editor.

  38. Julie Segal Walters

    One quarter of the year down. 3 new manuscripts and 3 revisions done! 9 of each to go! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Thanks for this group, btw. There’s no way I’d be doing all this writing without it!!)

  39. Gabrielle Snyder

    So far so good! I’ve managed to draft and revise manuscripts every month so far. Bring on April!

  40. Done! Last minute, but did it! Well, the revising wasn’t last minute (thank you, my lovely critique group) but the MS was.

  41. Being a part of 12×12 has made a big difference in my writing life.

  42. I definitely got a lot more done this month because of the added push of deadlines through 12 x 12. Thank you!

  43. Been revising and writing. Thanks to the support and continued encouragement and guidance of 12 x 12! Julie, your blog about Jane Yolen was wonderful. I hope to see her when she visits MN next week!

  44. Entered like a lion, out like a lamb…not much writing done the past couple weeks. I did comment on her post. I’m ErikAmmon on 12×12 Runningmoose50 is my running alter ego ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. So thankful for 12×12! Yes, and for Susanna Leonard Hill, as well…draft was my contest entry in her March Madness contest…and have done LOTS of revising on several manuscripts…especially one for the Barbara Karlin WIP grant.

  46. it was spotty for me this month but managed to revise a manuscript and am still revising.
    There is a little battle going on with this one, will see if i can stay with it. I really want to.

  47. oh i forgot I also wrote a manuscript I had for an idea that had been hanging around. SO i guess it was more productive then I thought

  48. Thanks for the motivation Julie! Squeaked in a poopy draft from some rough notes. Not sure if it’s marketable, but thank heavens for good advice to write what you love (yay Deborah!). Love 12×12!!!

  49. March was a good month for me too. ๐Ÿ™‚

  50. I did it! I wrote a manuscript, posted the first 250 words and revised a manuscript. Can’t wait to see what April brings…

  51. I did this yesterday … just have to figure out how to record it

  52. March was great. Managed 10 drafts and submitted a MS that I felt good about to Agent. Without the deadline i would not have developed/completed the story.

  53. Did a vomit draft this month… revised a lot! Now to more writing in April.

  54. Did my draft this month…then sent it to my critique group today. I thought it was horribly weak…first critique partner loved it!
    I also revised a PB (6th major revision, cut-cut-cut). Of course all this was this weekend, the last of the month.
    I need to get in gear for April.

  55. Did a draft and a revision and forgot to do the check in until today, so, I guess I’ll do better next month.:)

  56. As an Aquarius, it’s my job to break rules. So, since I’m heavy into this picture book pledge, I of course spent the last month doing a really great re-write of my middle grade novel, and managed to get a request for submission from a great publisher. Tomorrow she will be in her office, and will have to optioni of reading my story. Fingers crossed. ๐Ÿ˜€

  57. Completed a manuscript this month. Thanks

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