Before celebrating another year since the birth of the Earth (hey, that rhymes!), I’d like to congratulate 2013 for being pretty awesome to me. Here are some highlights:
I began 2013 with a little over a year’s experience, a single handful of decent manuscripts, very few contacts, and no online presence.
I adopted a pseudonym.
I wrote. I revised. I joined a new critique group and critiqued.
I dipped my toes into the pool of social networking.
I ate lunch
with at the same table as a Newbery Honor winner.
I made real and virtual friends with skillful sarcasm.
I attended 4 book launches and purchased more signed books than I can count.
I started another critique group and became a board member.
I queried and submitted with a success rate higher than 0.0%.
I abandoned the pseudonym.
I end the year in the process of waiting.
The lessons of 2013? Don’t use a pseudonym. And get out there. And my wife is always right. Even if I crossed off the last five things from my list, it would still have been a pretty awesome year.
I wish all (both) of you a 2014 as ‘happy’ as my 2013.