Two exciting 12 x 12 in 2012 announcements!

Announcement #1

Beginning February 7th, a pre-published participant of the 12 x 12 challenge will guest post on the blog for the new Tuesday 12 x 12 series.  Each participating author and/or illustrator will write a post on a topic of their choice related to the challenge – why they joined, what they’ve learned, connections they’ve made, books they’ve written, etc.

I am so excited about this series because it will give you a chance to get to know some of the talented and courageous writers who have taken the plunge with me into this challenge.  Many of these writers, you will discover, have fabulous blogs of their own where they generously share their knowledge, successes, and bumps along the road.

You may be wondering why this series is focused on pre-published authors specifically.  For one thing, I guess I have a soft spot for pre-pubbies (my newly minted term), since I am one myself. Second, I already have plans to feature many published authors and illustrators throughout the challenge, so I wanted to shine the light on the great folks putting in the hours and the hard work it takes to get published today.  Finally, I have learned so much from reading their blogs already, and I know you will too.  After all, you don’t have to be traditionally published in order to have knowledge and experience worth sharing.  If so, my own blog would be out of business! 🙂  So I hope you’ll come by on Tuesdays and give these brave souls the support and encouragement they deserve.

Announcement #2

I was thrilled to welcome freelance editor Tamson Weston into the 12 x 12 challenge as a participant.  Tamson has very generously offered to give participants a FANTASTIC opportunity to practice writing pitches for the chance to win a manuscript critique from her.  More details will be provided on February 16th when the contest goes live, but because you will only have FOUR DAYS to submit your pitches, I wanted to give you some advance warning so you can start working on them in your “spare” time.

You may choose ONE of your WIPs and submit a pitch that is no more than 140 characters (same as a maximum Twitter message), along with THE FIRST line of your book.  The only exception is if your book is in verse, in which case you can submit the first four lines.  So get ready, because this is a HUGE opportunity.  The grand prize winner will receive a manuscript critique from Tamson.  Again, more information on how to submit, how the entries will be judged, etc. will be posted on February 16th.

Tamson is published children’s book author and editor with over 15 years experience at several prestigious publishing houses including HarperCollins, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Disney Hyperion.  Adam Rex, Mac Barnett, Robert Weinstock, Adam Gopnik, Jane Leslie Conly, Anne Rockwell, Deborah Hopkinson, Jen Violi, Alexander Stadler, and Dan Santat are just a few of the authors/illustrators she’s worked with.

Are you excited yet??

Now, I suggest you go follow Tamson everywhere she lives!

Tamson’s Blog

Tamson’s Facebook Page

Tamson on Twitter

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  1. I’m so excited about your Tuesday guest post segments — what a super idea, and what a great opportunity for those of us who are pre-pubbies (love the new term!).

    And wow, what a great opportunity Tamson is throwing our way. I’ve just followed her in all the places it’s possible to follow her, and will be thinking about my pitch. La la la LA la la laaaaaah. Oh, not that kind of pitch? okay…

  2. Thanks for the nudge, Julie! Looking forward to this great way to celebrate my birthday on Feb. 7!

  3. I love the term pre-pubby—much better than wanna be or aspiring, IMHO. 😉 I also love the fact that you’re featuring them. I’ll definitely pop by on Tuesdays to savor the posts. 🙂

  4. Thanks so much for doing this! I can’t wait!!

  5. Thank you Julie for all that you do! I am so looking forward to Tuesdays! I am going to start working on my pitch now!

  6. Wow! What a fabulous opportunity! And I love your Tuesday spotlight idea! 12X12 keeps getting better and better 🙂

  7. Cool ideas. Awesome opportunities.

  8. THANK YOU for all you are doing and so generously sharing with us!

  9. That is totally awesome and right when I have a pb ready woo hoo! Thanks Julie 🙂

  10. 12X12 is so much more than just the manuscripts. we are building community, support and connections here. Love all you are doing, Julie!

  11. Sounds fantastic! I am excited to read the articles and blogs about this new event! What a great opportunity. I would love, love, love, to have an experienced editor read one of my pitches (and maybe even a manuscript)!

  12. Julie – You are doing a great job with this group. Looking forward to Tuesday’s post : )

  13. Thank you for doing this, Julie. You’re inspiring and amazing. Can’t wait for the pre-pubby interviews!

  14. Oh wow! I can’t wait for that contest!!! And thank you so much for letting me be one of the guests for your upcoming posts (even if it isn’t until December, gives me lots of time to plan and polish! lol)

  15. Looking forward to your blog on Tuesdays. I’ll try to get something ready for the contest, not sure yet. Thanks for all these opportunities, Julie 🙂

  16. What a great idea – both. Looking forwards to Tueday posts!

  17. Julie, when I first stumbled upon this opportunity on Katie Davis’s podcast, I knew it would be the best thing I ever did. (Ok, next to marrying my husband and having my kids.) Thanks for making me feel grateful every day for jumping in.

  18. Wow! What amazing opportunities 🙂 Now, how do I get my pitch to a Twitter post?? Thinking cap on 🙂

  19. I just wanted to say how much I appreciate all that you are doing, Julie. This is yet another exciting opportunity!

  20. 12 x 12 in 2012 just keeps getting better. Thank you, Julie for your hard work! I love the term “pre-pubbies”!

  21. What an amazing opportunity. You really are creating a wonderful community of support. I appreciate all that you do.

  22. How exciting, Julie! Thanks for all these opportunities!

  23. JULIE! I love you. And, not in the creepy way either! Thank you for all you’re doing. This contest sounds wonderful, and I cannot wait to be your guest blogger in June! You honor so many of us… Thank you!!

  24. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity.
    I need to see if I qualify in this slot. I self publishedand I did it all wrong. do I fit?
    Malika Bourne

  25. Pre-pubbies–love that Julie! 🙂

  26. Hey Julie, this is great! I’m really looking forward to reading the Tuesday series (and to contributing in June). Doubt I’ll have a WIP ready to pitch by Feb 17, but that’s a generous offer indeed. Thanks! 🙂

  27. Julie, your challenge keeps getting better and better.
    Thanks so much to Tamson, also, for stepping in with this opportunity for everyone!
    But, I still am wondering how the “posting” of our monthly PB draft works…we do send it (or a link to the word file) to you, don’t we?

    • Vivian – you do NOT need to post or send your actual manuscript anywhere. Simply comment on the check-in post at the end of the month to let us know that you completed a draft that month.

  28. Julie & Tamson, Thank you for your time and efforts! What a fun way to help buoy up all of us children’s book writers. We appreciate you!

  29. Julie, this all sounds so exciting! I can’t wait to see more about the contests, shared information and all things 12 x 12 in 12 coming in February!

  30. Wow! So cool! So which Tuesday do I get? Hee-hee… I’m thinking of “borrowing” your idea and doing SOMETHING (don’t know what yet) like 14x14x14. Since I like 4’s (four-leaf clovers and all).

  31. Yay for Julie & Tamson!!!! Hip hip horray! Thanks so much for giving back. I know of another author who is really giving back. She is helping me figure out where I need to take one of my stories. I love being in this community of writers. Very grateful, I am. 🙂

  32. What a wonderful opportunity! I can’t wait for Feb 7!

  33. I’m pretty darn excited, all right! You just keep coming up with awesome stuff–I hope my pounding heart can take it all year!!! 🙂

  34. Holy cow, Julie. Very cool stuff. Thanks for the bonus inspiration and motivation.

  35. I will certainly have a read or two..Bless You

  36. This warrants an overuse of exclamation points!!!!!!!!! Wonderful!

  37. The 12 x 12 challenge has opened up a fantastic , talented creative environment that all can participate in and develop from. Thank you all and of course, especially Julie.

  38. WOW! That’s really an awesome prize from Ms. Weston! I can’t wait to read everyone’s pitches. The guest bloggers will be great too!

  39. What a great opportunity. And I’m excited about your plans for the coming months. So glad I found all of you. I needed this push to jump into writing more for children.

  40. I’m so excited to get back to the States, and back to work on my mss! There is so much to look forward to in this challenge!

  41. Great stuff on the way! Great motivators, too.

    ~Another pre-published colleague (also pre-rich, pre-gorgeous, and pre-brilliant 🙂

    • No Non-cents Nanna

      This is so excitin,. but, I am going to drop out. I have storiess hand written and pics on my camera. But, the old computer, I share with the granddaughter is going Ka-put. I can’t count on getting it to work right everyday. Thanks for allowing me the privelege of spending time with you al Malika Bourne

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