July goals

It’s time to put some stuff out there, yo. I believe in setting goals. Some do yearly. Some do quarterly. I like to do monthly goals. So, with all that said, here are a few things I have in mind for this month.

*puts finger to earpiece*

I have just been informed that the month is half over.  Oops.

No worries. Because even if I didn’t write my goals on this scrappy little blog, I’ve written them elsewhere. In this case, it was in my brain. *cough*

Goals:

  1. Tighten query. I was waiting on a query critique and it ended up taking a bit longer than I had hoped. My goal was to start querying shortly after the holiday but I just got my critique yesterday.
  2. Finish one last pass on manuscript. Achieved. Just finished it yesterday as a matter of fact.
  3. Write synopsis. Ugh.
  4. Start querying. I already have my list of agents ready to go. Back in the trenches for me.

And that’s pretty much it for this month. ¬†Maybe next month, I’ll actually list them at the beginning. Or not at all. We’ll see.

Happy Independence

Long time ago, in a galaxy not so far away, I used to be an active blogger. Back in the day, when LiveJournal was where everyone was at, I blogged almost daily. There was an awesome kidlit author community there, and I loved it. Things have changed. So have I.

I’m not going to lie. I miss it. I miss the community of up and coming writers seeking agents, getting deals, celebrating debut books. The thrill of reading from the sidelines about their process and living vicariously through their efforts. It gave me hope.

Something happened. Not sure what. I left LJ, got fed up with the rejections, the lack of progress, and constantly feeling like I never really fit in. (That’s a pervasive feeling and has more to do with me than any writing community.) Eventually, I chose a different path and tried my hand at self-publishing. Perhaps not the smartest decision when it comes to writing for kids. But lessons learned. I’m all the better for it. (I have lots of thoughts about that path but sometimes I feel we’re not allowed to talk negatively about indie publishing. People only want to hear the success stories, not the failures.) Anyway, I’m back to writing for kids where I feel I belong. My voice, writing style, interests are suited for younger audiences. And knowing that feels liberating.