Professionally, 2012 has been one helluva year for me. In the space of 12 months, I:
-Landed an agent
-Got a book deal with my dream publishing house
-Completed revisions and copyedits on HEXED
-Outlined, re-outlined, and got 10K into the untitled sequel for HEXED
-Started a blog (328 followers and nearly 55,000 page views—not bad, me thinks!)
-Joined the admin team for OneFourKidLit (our blog launches Jan 1st, so watch out for it!)
-Co-hosted Christmas in July (12 out of 30 entrants are now agented and one has a book deal with HarpenTeen, but who’s counting).
-Visited Los Angeles for ‘research’
-Met and became fast friends with an insanely awesome group of writerly peeps
-Probably a few more things, but I can’t remember at the moment.
Looking back, it’s hard to believe all that happened in just 12 months (Or that as successful a year could ever be duplicated again). Thanks to everyone who helped to make this year such a smashing success and who cheered me on along the way. I LOVE YOU GUYS! Thanks especially to my sister Brandy Allard and my CP/co-conspirator Ruth Lauren Steven, who are both the bomb diggity and deserve showers of accolades, puppies, and shrines in their honor for everything they’ve done for me.
Now . . . I went into last year without much more of plan than to get my book published, but inspired by a blog post from Marissa Meyer, I’m going into 2013 with a few goals:
1. WRITE MORE. This seems obvious, right? But looking back at the last year, I realized I only have 1/10th of a completed book to my name. There were 3 false starts of various projects, but nothing I can use. That’s not cool. In 2013, I’d like to complete two books: the sequel to HEXED, and SUPER SEKRIT PROJECT.
2. Remain as committed as I have been to this blog and my internet presence in general.
3. Get the hell off my iPhone. I mean, I love my phone as much as the next girl, but the thing has a tendency of getting in the way of what’s really important—family. You heard it here first, folks: no iPhones at the dinner table, no iPhones at playgroup, no iPhones unless absolutely necessary!
I have a feeling 2013 is going to be a really exciting year (And not just because I finally get to say my book is coming out next year). Looking forward to great things to come! HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! HAVE FUN! DON’T DRIVE AND DRIVE! SERIOUSLY, DON’T!