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Happy May everyone! Always a favorite for me as it’s my birthday month.

And April wasn’t too shabby either! Although I did not complete a new PB draft or revise an existing one, I did successfully lead the first (now annual!) Writer’s Renaissance retreat in Florence, Italy. I still get goose bumps over the memories. It was that good. I hope some of you will consider joining me next year. Even if you can’t come (if you are a man, for instance), you can follow along vicariously on its new Facebook Page. So yes, I’ve kept busy in spite of the lack of draft for April. πŸ˜‰

Quick reminder: Submissions to our April featured agent Susan Hawk will close today at 6:00 p.m. EST/3:00 p.m. PST SHARP! Our May featured agent, Elizabeth Harding, will begin accepting submissions tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. EST.

Okay folks. It’s your turn to report. Did you or did you not write a new draft and or revise an existing draft in April?

Here is what you need to do to check in for a chance to win a PB critique from David L. Harrison, even if you didn’t complete a draft!

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “A Picture Book Critique from David L. Harrison at the top.
  2. Click on the “Comment on David’s Blog Post” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on David’s April 1st post. Commenting on David’s post is mandatory and gets you one point even if you didn’t complete a draft in April. 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 April. 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 April. 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 EST on May 1st to enter your results. I will then have Rafflecopter draw a winner and announce it on the blog on May 2nd.

Many, many thanks to David L. Harrison for showing us how beautifully poetry and picture books come together.Β  One lucky winner will receive a critique from him too.

Finally, don’t forget to come back tomorrow to meet May’s featured author. She’s fantastic!

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  1. Still revising one manuscript (well, I should return to that instead of reading blogs). And, getting ready for NaPiBoWriWee in May!

  2. I wrote my April manuscript! πŸ™‚

  3. I wrote an April ms, too!
    ~Tina Cho

  4. This was a productive month for me, revised a couple and wrote a couple!
    Joanna Marple!

  5. I have revised a ms and its almost ready to go! hugs~Lori

  6. Yea! Another month, and more PB manuscripts written, revised and submitted! Loving 12×12!

  7. So excited about my April pb manuscript – it may be just the honeymoon period, but I have a good feeling about it. πŸ™‚

  8. I revised 1 – still working on another revision. Did not complete a manuscript though. Seems to be a trend. I’ve started manuscripts recently and just can’t seem to get then the completed point. I’ll keep at it.

  9. This was a good month! Exceeded all my “quotas” and felt good doing it.
    -Wendy Greenley

  10. Poetry Month has been fun. I completed a rhyming picture book ms., and I’m working on another. It’s only been since last fall that I remembered how much I love writing poetry.

  11. I didn’t write a manuscript, but I did revise one πŸ™‚

  12. I wrote a manuscript and revised three

  13. One of which was an historical manuscript along with a query letter which I submitted to the April 12 x 12 agent.

  14. I am so proud of myself. After only making it part way through a picture book in March, I finished that one, and then completed another picture book (typed “The End” last night). I stayed up late, but it was worth it. I love the new manuscript because it’s so different than what I usually write.

    A draft that I wrote in February has now been revised for the final time and I will submit it to my publisher next week. I’m feeling pretty good.

    Congratulations on your retreat in Italy, Julie. How exciting. Congratulations to everyone who met their goals this month, too.

  15. I finished my draft this month…in Scrivener. Now if I could just figure out how to compile it and get it to my critique group. Ha, ha.!

  16. I didn’t write a manuscript this month, just revised a manuscript this month.

  17. Melanie Ellsworth

    Wrote one of my favorite PB manuscripts so far – an exciting month! I’m glad the Italy retreat was a wonderful experience, Julie, and enjoy your birthday this coming month.

  18. I was able to get one manuscript done this month, but wasn’t able to get an old one revised . . . there always next month!

  19. Submission to Susan Hawk for April…check. Wrote new PB manuscript…check. Did some revisions on existing PB manuscripts…check, check, check. Well, I think my work is done for this month! ;~)

    Donna L Martin

  20. Wrote new one revised old one and a tonne of poems πŸ™‚

  21. I wrote a new one and had angst over an old one, but didn’t actually revise anything. I hope to revise and post the first 250 of the new one this week. πŸ™‚

  22. I actually wrote one and revised one this month…I’m in shock…LOL! I hope the momentum will carry me into May and beyond.

    Congrats on your accomplishments, Julie and everyone!

  23. Yes I finished a draft this month and revised two others. Glad you had an outstanding time in Italy.
    May is a wonderful time to celebrate a birthday, mine is in this month too. Have a happy!

  24. Lots of revisions, but still nothing new from me this month. I’m getting really frustrated by that == May will be the month!

  25. This has been a productive month, though at the pace we’ve been moving this year in 12x I feel like I’m behind! I’ve written 3 rough PB drafts, revised 4. And submitted 3x – why I am not feeling great is a mystery! (Ha! I started an outline for an adult mystery too!)

  26. We are preparing to move/sell our house/add an addition to our new house and I thought I would fall so far behind but somehow managed to squeeze it all in. May may be different.

  27. Yes, Julie…April was quite a productive month for you.:)
    I did finish a pb draft…on the plane coming to help with my new grand-daughter!!!! And I revised a bunch…I thank you and 12×12 so very much for providing the inspiration and motivation. πŸ™‚

  28. Been crazy busy. Have three deadlines and went to the Pikes Peak Conference this month. Missed the agent submission this month, but checked in, getting credit for my draft and revision. Good to touch base with everyone. So many exciting things going on here. Keep up the great work. See you next month.

  29. I’m so glad I joined 12×12, what a fun motivator. I sat down on April 26th thinking, I have to write a MS for April. I kept B.I.C. and got it done. Thanks Julie! πŸ™‚ Meg

  30. Julie, This has been an awesome year so far, since I joined your 12×12! Every day is an awesome experience and each month presents more surprises. I can’t wait to see what awaits us this month!

  31. Got a few more ideas and revised another story! Thanks for so much info – it has been a great year so far!

  32. So far, so good. PB manuscripts (2); revisions (2); learning from the great blog posts/guest authors/Tuesday folks (all uv’ em!!). What a great April. Thanks Julie.

    (PS Kirsten…I love Scrivener, but still learning to use it. Love it for non-fiction articles and books especially!)

  33. Well, I did manage some revising & trying hard to keep up with querying & getting things set for NJ-SCBWI, but alas, no new PB draft this month. Trying to not be too hard on myself – in a new job & running a Race (not in a Race; rather only staff member of a committee organizing a Race). Looking forward to writing more in June!

  34. Kenzie Benbrook

    No prizes for me this month, but I did enjoy the course Making Picture Book Magic, started one new PB, yet to finish it though. Looking forward to using all that I learned through the rest of 12 x 12 πŸ™‚ Also submitted a PB to Susan Hawk , awaiting reply . . .

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