Finally Ready for 2013

Holiday hoopla: done. Sinus infection: defeated. School: begun. I am finally ready to start 2013 — just 9 days late.

Here are some of my reading and writing goals in 2013:

– Participate again in the 12×12 picture book writing challenge. I completed 12 picture book rough drafts in 2012. In 2013, my goals are slightly different — I’d like to complete at least 6 new drafts, and also revise 6 (or more) manuscripts from this year.

writingpicturebookscover– Focus on writing craft by reading some of the craft books on my shelf. I tend to graze through these books rather than read them in a systematic, structured way. To support this goal, I will be hosting a read-along on my blog for WRITING PICTURE BOOKS by Ann Whitford Paul. I’ll do an official launch post next week, and will have the first check-in on February 5. If anyone wants to read along with me, now is a good time to dig out the book, find it at the library, or order it.

– Attend the SCBWI New England conference in May.

– Write and SUBMIT more poetry.

– Delve into chapter books by reading, reading, reading. I’ll also be lurking around the Chapter Book Challenge in March, though don’t plan to write a chapter book just yet. An outline would be a nice accomplishment, though.

– Do more submitting to contests including the Highlights fiction contest in January, and any contests held in the Children’s Writer newsletter this year. I’m also considering the NAESP contest in March and the Southwest Writers Conference contest in May. I’d love to hear from anyone with experience with these contests.

– Continue to review picture books for Perfect Picture Book Friday.

– Begin, tentatively, to submit some manuscripts…

– …and see where the year leads me.

10 thoughts on “Finally Ready for 2013

  1. SevenAcreSky says:

    Great goals Carrie. I feel late starting the year too. We had a round of flu between two weekend trips we just couldn’t cancel so it too forever to recover. But this week jas been good. Joined the 12×12 also.
    I like the Readalong and may join in on that.

  2. clarbojahn says:

    Congrats on your goals Carrie. I read Paul’s book several times and got a lot of it both times and will check in here for you re reading. I like that you ‘re going to submit and revise. I joined 12×12 also and am loving it but still have trouble going to some forums. I was seeking a crit on a story and can’t get to the first 250 words forum. Looks like I’ll have to ask Julie about it. 🙂

  3. Julie Hedlund says:

    These are great goals! Glad to have you back in 12 x 12. I’ve read Writing Picture Books, but so long ago that I want to read it again. So I’m going to join you for your read along!

  4. bjleepoet says:

    Great list of goals! I’m so looking forward to reading Writing Picture Books and also writing picture books this year as well as revising, subbing and querying agents as well! 🙂

  5. danacarey1 says:

    Hi Carrie,
    I’ve had Writing Picture Books on my wishlist for a long time so this is perfect. I just placed my order and will be reading along with you!

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