12 X 12 Featured Author May 2019 – Sophia Gholz

Revision and Opening Lines Whether you’ve spent months researching a story idea or an intriguing character has just popped into your head, typing the first words on a blank page can be intimidating. Let’s be honest, writing is hard and…

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12 X 12 Featured Author April 2019 – Wendy Greenley

We are thrilled to bring you our April Featured Author Wendy Greenley! Wendy is a long-time 12 x 12 member and the epitome of her topic today. She has stayed on the bus of picture book writing and it's now…

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12 X 12 Featured Author March 2019 – Baptiste Paul

The “Nos” are Many, Rejections Plenty It takes a lot to write a book As a picture book author, you hope that the book you create is well received by kids and adults alike. The years of research and writing…

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12 X 12 Featured Author February 2019 – Vivian Kirkfield

Vivian Kirkfield is making her picture book debut this year with three new books! Now before you think Vivian is an overnight success, let me fill you in on a little secret. This particular Featured Author post has been postponed…

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12 X 12 Featured Author January 2019 – Viviane Elbee

Happy New Year, 12 x 12 Members! We're are excited to announce that for the third year in a row, our Featured Author posts will come from our 12 x 12 community. We are so proud of the success of…

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12 X 12 Featured Author December 2018 – Karla Valenti

So here we are, twelve months later. Perhaps you wrote 12 manuscripts (or more); perhaps you wrote one. No matter. The first order of business is a round of applause because writing is serious business. After all, you are committing to make…

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12 X 12 Featured Author November 2018 – Alison Pearce Stevens

A huge thank you to Kelli and Julie for asking me to be a featured author here at 12x12! In some ways I feel out of place doing this, because, well, most of what I write isn’t picture books. In…

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12 X 12 October 2018 Featured Author – Hannah Holt

Hannah Holt is one of our 12 x 12 charter members. She's been around since our auspicious start in 2012 and this month, her debut picture book, THE DIAMOND AND THE BOY, arrives. Hannah is proof that hard work and perseverance pay…

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12 X 12 September 2018 Featured Author – Christy Mihaly

Building a Community, Becoming an Author It’s an honor to be a featured author on 12 x 12. In fact, when I consider those who have posted in this space before me (all those real authors), my Author Imposter Syndrome…

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12 X 12 Featured Author August 2018 – Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow

Writing Lyrical: You Have to Feel It In positive reviews (and in an unfortunate number of rejection letters), I have often received praise for the lyrical quality of my writing. I love writing and reading lyrical texts and yet, I…

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