I can’t believe the year’s gone already! Was it really a year ago I sat down to write my recap of 2010? And could this year be anywhere near as exciting as the last one? Yes, it could, as it turns out. It was a year of learning … and a lot of waiting … and growing professionally, I think.
First of all, I had the pleasure of working with my agent Sara Crowe in 2011. She was my brand new agent last December, and after a year of working with her I am impressed by her upbeat, positive approach — and awed by her keen eye for editorial comments. Every time I submit a manuscript to Sara and she sends back comments, my response is: “Wow. That’s brilliant — and do-able — and perfect!”
Of course, a big highlight of 2011 was when Sara sold THE CAGED GRAVES to Dinah Stevenson of Clarion! I look forward to all the pre-publication business that is to come in 2012 – editorial letters, revisions, editing, more editing, and did I mention editing? Believe it or not, I love editing! I don’t have an official publication date yet, although Goodreads says 2013 and who am I to question Goodreads?
WE HEAR THE DEAD may have been published last year, but it continued to pick up good reviews this year. I attended two YA panels as an author – which was a thrill! – at Drexel University’s Week of Writing and the Lititz Kid Lit Festival. (Say that last one 5x fast.) And I had the excitement of seeing my own book on the shelf at my school’s Scholastic Book Fair last May.
I finished the first draft of my Tesla-punk manuscript this year, plus several subsequent drafts, and I have my fingers crossed that 2012 will bring good news for this story. There were times I despaired of ever finishing it, and this manuscript proved to me that getting to the end of the first draft is always my biggest hurdle. If I can produce even a stinker of a first draft, then I can transform the story into anything I want it to be during revisions. I hope to keep that in mind as I work on my next WIP, which I began this year — (and which is already giving me some trouble.)
In February, Marcy Hatch approached me about a new blog feature – First Impressions — and in March we began our monthly first page critiques. I’ve learned a lot just writing them, and I’ve met a lot of new writers, to boot. (Plus, I hope the critiques have been useful …)
Finally, this recap wouldn’t be complete without my trip to Hollywood for dinner with my producer. Okay – the trip to Hollywood was a family vacation, and she isn’t “my” personal producer. But Amy Green is the producer who purchased a film option for WE HEAR THE DEAD and collaborated with me on the screenplay. I loved meeting her for dinner to discuss the latest developments and future plans, and who knows – maybe the “Highlights of 2012” will contain some good news in that realm! Fingers crossed!
Happy New Years, everyone – and wishing everybody a successful 2012!
What a fantastic year you’ve had! May 2012 be every bit as wonderful for you. 🙂
What a great recap of a super fun year. Hope your 2012 is even better!
What a great year you’ve had! I can’t wait to read Caged Graves.
Happy New Year.
How fun-what a great year you had! I admire your love for all that is editing and revision. Congrats on all your good news and I hope 2012 will be just as productive for you!
Such an exciting year Dianne! I so look forward to reading your work and hearing more good news from you in 2012 🙂 Happy New Year!!
That was some year…and something to be proud of! Here’s to hoping your 2012 recap is just as amazing! 🙂
It sounds like you’ve had a very productive year. Congratulations!
I hope 2012 is even more productive for you. 😀
WOW! What an exciting year you’ve had! I keep hearing great things about Sara Crowe. I’ll have to check her out though I’m not sure she’d be interested in an adult psychological thriller. Well, I hope 2012 brings more amazing things to your life and career! Happy New Year, Dianne!!
I LOVE these highlights! What a great year! I’m raising a glass to an even more eventful 2012!!
Wishing you continued success for 2012 and the best for your family as well.
I have loved reading along as you’ve posted about each milestone, and I know it’s just the beginning for you! Wishing you wonderful surprises and lots of good writing (and apparently editing…I wish I could channel your love of editing LOL) in 2012!
An awesome year for an awesome writer. I hope that 2012 brings more of the same. Many blessings, Buffy
YAY, Dianne, what an awesome year you’ve had!!! 🙂 And I hope 2012 is amazingly awesome, too! Sounds like it is definitely headed that way!