Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year. Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2020.
1 Completed 12 picture book drafts & numerous revisions.
2 Revised three picture book manuscripts ready for submission.
3 Queried 36 publishers and agents in 2020 / Received 16 personalized rejections.
4 Participated in the SCBWI Summer Spectacular on line Conference.
5 Received Honorable Mention in Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Word Contest.
6 Participated in the SCBWI Midsouth Critique & Revision Series.
7 Applied for the SCBWI Midsouth Mentor Program. Didn’t get accepted but received an encouraging email from Rita Lorraine, author of THE OLDEST STUDENT, stating I was one of the finalist and to keep writing.
8 Enjoyed working with my new Critique Group members. / I love working with my individual Critique partners, Jenny and Jill.
9 Participated in ReFoReMo to learn about Comp Titles.
10 Was only able to host one SCBWI Midsouth Nashville Area Writing Social due to Covid.
11 Participated in #PBPitch and #PBMad on Twitter.
12 Participated in Susanna Leonard Hill’s Writing Contests