I “met” today’s Tuesday 12 x 12 in 2012 author, Bethany Telles, before 12 x 12 even started. She and I both participated in PiBoIdMo last year and in the MeeGenius Children’s Author contest. Needless to say, I was so excited when Bethany won a contract for her book – WAITING FOR JAMES IN A SEA OF PINK. Since then, she has been actively helping others navigate the writing and publishing path in our community. Please welcome Bethany!
If you catch me lost in thought, I can promise you one thing: I’m not thinking about calories, getting my nails done, or celebrity gossip. Odds are, I’m trying to figure out why in the world this new MC in my head absolutely must stub his toe on that table… or maybe I’m thinking about laundry. Either way, my brain won’t stop. It can’t! I have an entire WORLD of inspiration all around me, and lucky for me- I’m a WRITER!!
Wait, what the heck does that mean?
To me, writing is my passion; It isn’t something I casually decided to pick up as a fun hobby, one afternoon. Plain and simple, I love to write. I may not be the greatest at math, science, dishes, or gardening, but creating characters and stories from my inner thoughts is something I know I was born to do. And you know what the greatest feeling about being a writer is? Knowing I’m not alone!
In the last year, I have joined a critique group, entered into a rather large writing contest, belly-flopped into PiBoIdMo, began my blog, catapulted myself into 12×12, and… got published! Now, that might sound like a lot (sheesh… maybe it is!), but it doesn’t feel that way because of the insurmountable support I have received. There isn’t a single writer in my family. And my husband? Well, while he’s gung-ho supportive of me, he’s much more the He-Man, meat eating, biology majoring, military type… Definitely not a creative bone in that man’s body! So, to have like-minded writer enthusiasts around me- virtual or otherwise- is a blessing. I am able to vent my frustrations, throw out a dozen mindless questions, and share good news or ideas to every single member of this wonderful kidlitcommunity. And the 12×12-ers? Well, I can’t help but think that this group is a cut above the rest.
12×12 has given me a gift. It has enabled me to focus and LEARN. I couldn’t ask for anything better. When I signed up, it was a personal challenge and an overall goal for me to keep in my back pocket. Now that we are just about HALF WAY THROUGH (eeek!!), I have six manuscripts and a whole lot shoulders to stand on. My goal for the rest of the year? I would LOVE to wind up with six more manuscripts and have the chance to be a good set of shoulders for another writer to stand on.
Thank you, to all of you who constantly prove that we in the kidlit/Picture book community support and care for one another. And, BIG thanks to Julie… I wish I had a fraction of your generosity and brain power!
Bethany Telles lives in California, with her husband and two hilarious boys. She went to the Institute of Children’s Literature, and this last March, her book WAITING FOR JAMES IN A SEA OF PINK, was published by MeeGenius. She constantly questions everything, loves trees, elephants, and fountain pens, but isn’t a fan of chocolate. She pretends to be witty, but the truth is, she rewrote this bio 14 times, in the hopes to say something to make you laugh.Categories: 12 x 12 in 2012, Authors, Digital Publishing, ebooks, Goals, Guest Blogging, Picture Books, Writing · Tags: 12 x 12 in 2012, Bethany Telles, ebooks, Julie Hedlund, MeeGenius, Picture Books, Works in Progress, Writer, Writing