What can I say? What can I say besides CONGRATULATIONS to each and every participant of 12 x 12 in 2012? Because, regardless of whether you wrote one picture book draft or twenty (yes, some people did write that many and more!), you are all winners. You are winners because you WROTE.
For those of you who did complete one draft a month and are ending the year with 12 picture book drafts, this WINNER badge, created by Linda Silvestri, is for you. Wear it proudly and come back for more in 2013. Ready to write 12 more? I know I am! Luckily, registration for 2013 opens on January 2.
Here is my outcome for 12 x 12 in 2012:
January — Wrote a PB draft that has become an idea for a chapter book series.
February — Wrote a PB draft using my favorite 2011 PiBoIdMo titled Tea Rex, about a girly, vegetarian T-Rex that wants to throw a tea party for her friends. But she didn’t have any friends because the other dinosaurs were afraid she’d eat them. This book, with the exact same title and very similar press just got sold to Viking Children’s. The only problem is that it’s not my version! Lucky author X who got there first. This is why it is so important to trust your ideas, your intuition and then to get those darn things submitted!!
March — Wrote a sappy, crappy “Mommy Loves Me” kind of story that will never see the light of day.
April — I laid an egg – no draft.
May — I wrote the second in my animal groups series, A SCOOP IS A GROUP OF PELICANS. If all goes according to plan, this will be released as an interactive app in May, 2013.
June/July — No PB drafts, but I did write and publish my Template for Storybook App Proposals.
August — Wrote a PB draft from the perspective of the antagonist in one of my other PBs. Might eventually propose it as a “he said/she said” interactive storybook app, as it is also a fractured fairy tale.
September — Wrote a cumulative PB in the “House that Jack Built” style. It needs a lot of work, but I love it.
October — Wrote a PB draft that I am now completely re-writing by flipping the male/female roles.
November — No dice, no draft
December — Wrote a PB draft that is more likely to work as a magazine piece as it is very “quiet.” It’s based on a true story from my own childhood.
So I wrote eight picture book drafts this year, six of which have at least some potential, and one that will most likely be published before the end of 2013. I am ecstatic with this result — far and away better than my performance of ONE new draft in 2011. AND, what’s even more amazing is that I continued to revise existing manuscripts. So my new writing did not get in the way (too much) of revising existing work – a trend that I expect will be more difficult to maintain next year, but that I will certainly aim for.
For this final month of 12 x 12 in 2012, it was an honor to feature author and poet Eileen Spinelli. Whoever wins the monthly handwritten note of encouragement in 2013 is one lucky writer! Many thanks to Eileen for encouraging us in our onward writing journey.
How about you? If you did complete a December draft, let us know in the comments and that will get you another entry toward Eileen’s prize. YOU MUST LEAVE YOUR NAME (FIRST AND LAST) IN YOUR COMMENT IF YOU WANT IT TO BE COUNTED AS AN ENTRY. Feel free to share not only your status for December but for the year. We can all gaze in wonder at the collective number of picture books we wrote this year. You have until midnight EST January 2nd to leave a comment on this post and the December 1st post to be eligible for the drawing. I will draw a winner on January 3rd using Random.org.
Remember — Registration for 12 x 12 in 2013 opens on January 2nd. Our final 2012 winner will be drawn on the 3rd, and our FIRST Featured Author post for 2013 will go live on January 4th. So be sure to come back and join the festivities. In the meantime, Happy New Year to you all!!Categories: 12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, Apps, Authors, Children's Books, Creativity, Digital Publishing, Friendship, Giveaway, Goals, Picture Books, Publishing, Storybook Apps, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 Featured Author, 12 x 12 in 2012, 12 x 12 Monthly Check-In, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, apps, Author, Children's Books, Creativity, Digital Publishing, Friendship, Goals, Julie Hedlund, Picture Books, Publishing, Storybook Apps, Works in Progress, Writing