WOW! Where DOES the time go? My apologies for almost missing November entirely (no featured author post and late check-in). Like many Americans, living through this last election and its aftermath has been exhausting and painful. I think that’s true regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum. I know I have found it difficult to concentrate and keep my spirits up.
But you know what DID make me feel better?
I worked on revising two manuscripts to submission-ready status, and each time I shut down the computer after a session I felt better. This is the way I will change the world. Writing books, reading books, helping others write more books, and promoting great books. Perhaps that’s cliché and cheesy, but it’s also the truth. Books change lives. Books educate and inspire. Books provide proof we are not alone in the world. Books are the soul of humanity. What greater gift can we give than applying balm on the souls of children with our books?
You know what ELSE made me feel better?
The fact that you all helped us fully fund SIX 12 x 12 Scholarships for 2017 and that will include enrollment in The Complete Picture Book Submissions System.
Your generosity reminded me of the great love in this community. Our focus is to raise one another higher as we ourselves are raised. You’ve shown that this community is one giant safety pin, where all voices are welcome and appreciated.
At the end of this month, which is really now the beginning of the last month of 2016, I urge you all to continue to do what I am asking myself to do.
Write the book that’s the deepest in your heart. Take risks. Revise so hard that the only words left in your manuscripts are the ones that MUST remain. Submit your work so it can be sold. Let each rejection make you stronger and more determined. Celebrate acceptances without apology or restraint. Give back to other authors and artists. Help someone who is not as far along on the path. Rinse. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. THAT is what 12 x 12 is all about.
In the spirit of our dance parties, I felt this was the perfect anthem for this post, this month, this year.
As I ask this of you, I have a special treat for our giveaway this month. It has not escaped my notice that we are entering the final month of the fifth anniversary of this great challenge. I recently launched a new website where previous webinars are available for purchase. In the spirit of the great number 12, there will be 12 winners this month, and each winner will be able to select one webinar to keep forever for free. I’m hoping to have at least one more available before winners are announced. How’s that for incentive to check in?
Now tell us your progress. Did you complete a draft and/or revision in November? Let us know in the Rafflecopter and in the comments. This month we will have twelve winners! Twelve 12 x 12 members will win their choice of one webinar from our new Teachable site. (Check out available webinars on Teachable HERE.)
Here is what you need to do to check in for a chance to win:
- See the Rafflecopter widget at the end of this post that says “Free Webinars” at the top.
- Click on the “I am a 12 x 12 member” button. Just being a member will get you an entry in this month’s drawing. Click ENTER.
- Click on the “Wrote a PB Draft” button. This will ask if you completed a PB draft in November. If you did, click ENTER, if you did not, move on to the next step.
- Click on the last “Revised a PB Draft” button. This will ask if you revised a PB in November. If you did, click ENTER. If not, move on to the next step.
- That’s it! Rafflecopter will track your points.
We’ve created a quick video to walk you through your monthly check-in. You can view it in the Video Tutorial section of the forum HERE.
You have until midnight Eastern on December 4th to enter your results. Rafflecopter will draw a winner and I’ll announce it on the blog on December 6th.
Celebrate the holidays with a brand new shiny draft! Finish strong!