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How is it possible that we are one quarter finished with 2013 already?? Time flies when you’re having fun with 12 x 12!

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

Without further adieu, here’s my March report, which I am quite proud of. I wrote TWO new drafts and I revised TWO previous drafts. One of the new drafts and one of the revisions got finished because they were were on deadline (the app trilogy), but the other two were just me being inspired to get more written and revised so that my agent can (hopefully) start subbing for me soon.

Still, I consider that great progress considering I had one trip to Boston, a near-death (or so it seemed) illness while I was there, plus my latest trip to Bologna. It’s just as well, since I am not likely to be nearly so productive in April. But I’m sure the Writer’s Renaissance retreat in Florence will make up for that. 🙂

Now it’s your turn to report, which is all on the honor system. It is after all, your karma that’s at stake. 😉

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

  1. See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “March Featured Author Carmela LaVigna Coyle” at the top.
  2. Click on the first “Invent your own option” button. It will reveal the task, which is to comment on Carmela’s March 1st post. Commenting on Carmela’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 next “Invent your own option” 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 “Invent your own option” 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 EST on April 1st to enter your results. (No foolin’!) I will then have Rafflecopter draw a winner and announce it on the blog on April 2nd.

Many, many thanks to Carmela LaVigna Coyle for showing us that picture book ideas are all around us and drinking chocolate is a perfect addition to any day! One lucky winner will receive a critique from her too.

Finally, don’t forget to come back tomorrow to meet April’s featured author. You’re going to love him!

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  1. I revised a draft and started work on a PB idea from PiBoIdMo. I feel like I’m back in action. Julie, for some reason the Rafflecopter says the contest hasn’t started yet. Help!

  2. I’m sorry you had such a time in Boston. I’ve enjoyed all your wonderful new in recent weeks. I’ve revised a draft and wrote a new one.

  3. Hi Julie 🙂
    I have revised and completed a draft in March 🙂

  4. For the first time since 12×12 started in January 2012, I didn’t get a picture book draft written. I did a lot of revisions to a middle grade novel, I’m taking an online class in plot structure and working through my adult novel for that one, and I’ve started another middle grade novel… in the midst of that, picture books had to take a back seat. I did *look* at the idea I’d planned to do for March, but wasn’t able to follow it to completion. Oh well, I feel I accomplished a great deal in the month otherwise! Here’s to everyone else’s accomplishments!

  5. I have 12 drafts written so far! (very rough drafts of course)
    The bad news is…they are all in desperate need of revising (lots of revising)

  6. So happy that I was able to revise (and revise, and revise, etc. etc. etc.) and submit this month, first to an editor (super positive rejection) and to Tricia Lawrence. Worked, too, on a middle grade novel. Last but not in any way least, had a fabulous rejuvenating weekend at the Whispering Pines Writers’ Retreat. Julie, and everyone in this community, you help keep me going!

  7. Congrats on your writing achievements this month, Julie. It is amazing you accomplished so much with all that you dealt with in March. I anticipated disruptions in my writing this month, so I planned ahead and wrote extra in Feb. The plan worked, and I was able to meet all the March writing challenges.

  8. I did not write a new pb draft this month but I revised two. I’ll be submitting both shortly. Thanks for another month of inspiration and community!

  9. It would be lovely to say that I’ve finished a new draft, but I didn’t 🙁 I’m revising a previous one instead. Now, perhaps this is not in keeping with the spirit of 12×12, the momentum of newness, new ideas, new stories, new drafts, but I do feel productive – does that count? 🙂

  10. I couldn’t get to enter the Rafflecopter yesterday, hope it worked okay today. I actually did two very very rough drafts this month, One was the February idea I had while on holiday and was too late to add that month. So all in all I am up todate..

  11. Hmmm — is this a second check-in. I made my report yesterday on your post. Yes, I completed a draft in March and worked on revising other MS. And, I’ve sent out a lot of queries to both agents and publishers.

  12. I did complete a picture book draft in March—about four stinky fishermen! The draft does have a beginning, middle, and end…but it’s still kinda stinky itself. But is has much promise.
    ALSO did revise a picture book and sent it off for consideration. Trimmed it down and was surprised at how much better it was.
    Thanks Julie for this motivation machine that 12×12 has become for me!

  13. I finished my draft for this month and I even remembered to come here and say so on time (for once)! 🙂

  14. Glad you are feeling better, Julie. I’m sure the Renaissance in Florence will be amazing…enjoy!

  15. March madness? It was a crazy month, so true for me! One new PB draft fully completed and started another, one PB ms submission (though since I sent it at the VERY last second, I am okay if it does not get passed on!), and about 5 ms revisions. Thanks again, Julie. Looking forward to all the news from Bologna!

  16. I wrote a new draft on the last day of March and revised another pb ms for T. Lawrence + all the writing for my freelance projects. Congratulations, Julie, on all your accomplishments this month!

  17. This month I wrote 2 PB drafts and revised an historical PB manuscript along with a query letter which I submitted to the March 12 x 12 agent.

  18. Thanks to your inspiration, Julie, I completed a draft, started 2 more, and revised 2 of my PBs! Wow — when I put it that way, I guess it was a productive month!

  19. Congratulations Julie, on such a productive and exciting month (not to mention harrowing one too). I’ve been very motivated this month, writing a draft, refining 3, and working on illustrations.

  20. Hi Julie,
    I completed a PB draft, and revised 2 more of my PBs. Also, I am sooo proud of myself, I just worked out the Rafflecopter! I’m brand spanking new to the group, and I’m starting to get it. Yay! Thanks!

  21. Despite traveling, too (although without illness as you sadly suffered, Julie), or maybe because I was traveling, I managed to write one PB draft, revise one & finally submit one to Tricia. My first submission in ages! Hope the momentum continues through quarter 2!

    Thanks, Julie & your elves!

  22. New one done, old one polished. I bet Bologna was brilliant and you are soon off to Florence, that’s amazing, Julie. A really inspiring time!

  23. Thanks to Susanna’s In Just Spring Contest, I have a new pb…which I will probably be submitting to Susan Hawk in April (after running it past my critique groups). And I revised and re-revised the ms I decided to submit for March. 12×12 is really moving us all along, Julie, in an amazingly productive way.:) And you are moving along as well…Boston, Bologna…and Florence.:) We are so happy for you, Julie!

  24. Hey, hey, hey… that’s awesome that you wrote two new drafts this month. I made it with one and had to squeak it in at the end of the month. Thank goodness for deadlines. 🙂

  25. Kenzie Benbrook

    So once again no official PB draft for March, however still a productive month for me. Managed to take a completed story and submit to Tricia Lawrence, so great excitement there. Also signed up for Making Picture Book Magic which starts tomorrow, double the excitement! Came up with one new story idea and resurrected an old one too. On the side I scored two part time jobs at the same time so its going to be a busy month in April 🙂

  26. Obstacles abounded this month: illness, work, unexpected happenings. I didn’t complete my March manuscript, but I did get about halfway through it. I also revised last month’s submission, so I’m still happy. Looking forward to April.

    Congrats on getting so much done in March.

  27. Julie, Me too, I completed two mss this month and revised two. 🙂

  28. Melanie Ellsworth

    Definitely a better month than last. I did a big revision and just managed to squeeze a new picture book draft in by deadline. Thanks for the motivation to keep going each month!

  29. Sounds like a great month for you, Julie, despite the Norovirus. I hope you got enough gelato in Bologna to soothe your poor stomach. I did lots of revising in March, but no new MS this month. I really want to do on in April!

  30. Draft still in progress. Can’t seem to get an ending that I like. Will keep working on it today and hopefully we be satisfied. Was busy revising some other pieces and submitting to agents and contests. Not too bad. Hopefully, the next manuscript will come more easily.

  31. Aside from writing two different sing-a-long song versions of Julie Hedlund’s upcoming sequel to “Troop” (Woo-hoo!), I managed two submissions and scratched out what I am calling a “picture book draft” but is more accurately a series of questionably crafted sentences placed haphazardly into a word doc.

  32. I worked on a PB layout from my 12x12in2012 August Submission for an online class MAKING PICTURE BOOK MAGIC and am using it for my March 12×12 Submission!

  33. Whew…I couldn’t wait to click the button saying that I finished a PB draft, but needed to brainstorm the last two paragraphs a bit more. Thanks to motivation from this challenge, it’s done! And I think it’s one of the most promising first drafts I’ve written in a while. Plus, I’m already jotting notes for a sequel (especially since my original idea ran too long and was too complicated to squeeze into one picture book). I can’t wait to revise it a bit, send it through my groups, and see where it leads!

    I’ve had to spend most of March polishing up one MG and revising another (plus getting some subs ready), and am so grateful for the extra motivation to give my picture books some love! Besides writing one new PB, I revised two older ones, and hope I’ll be able to do at least this much in April.

    Huge congrats on your productive month, Julie. You are amazing! 🙂

  34. Kathleen Cornell Berman

    So happy you’ve had a productive month, despite your illness.No new drafts for me this month. I’ve been revising two manuscripts and query letters, getting ready to submit.

  35. Sadly, first time in 15 mo. I did NOT get a new draft done or a rework – HOWEVER – I did finish editing my husband’s doctoral dissertation…..would you accept that as a PB draft?…….didn’t think so…. 🙂 Anyway – I’ll be back to routine – FINally!!

  36. Abigail Aguirre

    I think I’m too late to report but I did a thorough revision of a PB but did not complete my PB draft. I am also participating in a plot revision course for my MG WIP.

  37. I was also too late to report, but I wrote a new PB, revised a PB draft and rewrote 4 chapters of a chapter book in March. Kudos to everyone for all their hard work!

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