I can’t believe the first week in December is almost history. Before we know it, it’s going to be 2013. A time to look back, reaccess your goals, and make new ones.
Today I’ve been thinking back over my many years as a writer. Just the other day I was wrapping gifts and something jarred my memory about a tradition my parents started when I announced I wanted to be a writer. Each Christmas sitting under the tree would be the latest copy of Writer’s Digest Market Guide. Once Christmas dinner was eaten I’d settled down on the couch to look through all the markets I could send my work to.
And this weekend I’ll begin edits on my book The One and Only. A story for middle grade children about an only child. What’s so unusual about that you might wonder. It’s got a history and a story of its own. It’s the first manuscript I ever wrote which makes it very special to me. It also netted me my first paycheck as a writer when it won The Loft Children’s Literature Award. It did take some time but it finally found a publisher (only to have that company close their doors). This year it found a new home and hopefully next year, a whole new audience. It seems strange to think it was written in a time when kids didn’t even use computers and now they’ll be reading this story on an e-reader or even their own phone!
Speaking of new technology, Evernight Publishing is having a Christmas Blog Hop next week and there’s a chance to win an iPad 2. I’m also putting together a Christmas giveway with some writing buddies…more about that soon.
And seems like everyone’s jumping onto the digital book bandwagon. Random House has launched four new imprints and it looks like you don’t need an agent to submit. Here’s a link in case you haven’t heard about this yet.
As always I’m now about to finish off the work week with more writing.
Have a good weekend and happy writing.