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December 2018 Good News!

December 2018 Good News!

Welcome to the monthly digest of all the great “goings-on” of 12 x 12 members. Congratulations to everyone for their achievements. This month we’re featuring books by 12 x 12 members that were previously released but were just added to the Good News form in the last six weeks. All other good news was submitted before December 5th. Be sure to have your good news submitted by the 1st of the month for inclusion in that month’s Good News Post. A link to the Good News form can be found under Important Announcements in the 12 x 12 forum or in the Facebook group.

On to the celebration! Be sure to click on the links to tweet and share the good news around the web!

Book Birthdays

Congratulations to Kelly Byrnes on the release of CLOUD CONDUCTOR (Wombat Books) (Click to Tweet)

Congratulations to Melissa Stoller on the November 13, 2018 release of READY, SET, GORILLA (Clear Fork) (Click to Tweet)

Ready Set Gorilla by Melissa Stoller (1)


Signed! Look who has an agent!

Kara Newhouse signed with Jordan Hamessley from New Leaf Literary! Way to go!

Kara Newhouse

Kris Kuykendall signed with Kathleen Ortiz from New Leaf Literary! Agency sisters! How cool is that?

Kris Kuykendall Agent

New Book Deals

Congratulations to Hope Lim on the sale of I AM A BIRD to Kate Fletcher at Candlewick! Huzzah!

Congratulations to Jami Gigot on the sale of IMAGINATION VACATION to Jonathan Westmark at Albert Whitman. Amazing!

Jami Gigot PW_ImaginationVacation

Congratulations again to Jami Gigot on the sale of STARBOY to Tiffany Liao at Holt. Double the picture book fun!

Jami Gigot Star Boy

Congratulations to Jenna Grodzicki on the sale of I SEE SEA FOOD: SEA CREATURES THAT LOOK LIKE FOOD to Carol Hinz at Millbrook Press. Hooray!

Jenna Grodzicki Book

Congratulations to co-editors Jeanette Bradley and Keila Dawson and contributing author Andrea J. Loney on the sale of TAKING THE MIC: FOURTEEN YOUNG AMERICANS MAKING CHANGE, a picture book anthology, to Karen Boss at Charlesbridge. What a project!

Keila Dawson Taking the Mic

Congratulations to Jenny Buchet on the sale of LITTLE MEDUSA’S HAIR DO-LEMMA to Clear Fork Publishing. Can’t wait to see the illustrations for this one. Fantastic!

Jenny Buchet

Congratulations to Emma Wood on the sale of TULIP AND DOUG to Scholastic NZ! Terrific!

Emma Wood


Congratulations to Chana Stiefel on ANIMAL ZOMBIES being nominated for a YALSA Quick Pick for YA Reluctant Readers. What an accomplishment!

Chana Stiefel Award

Congratulations to Tara Luebee on SHARK-NATE-O being selected as an Illinois Reads 2018 Book Selection by the Illinois Book Council! Brilliant!

Tara Luebbe Award Illinois


Congratulations to all our members on seeing their hard work pay off! We are so proud of you!

12 x 12 members, if you have good news about a new book, agent signings, book deal, or writing award, share it with us. You’ll find the link to the Good News form in the Facebook group.

Not a member yet? Registration opens January 8, 2019! Click here to be notified about 2019 registration.

This Post Has 4 Comments
  1. Congratulations to everyone in 12 X 12 who are celebrating good news for the month of December 2018. I look forward to reading your books. Plus I’m wishing you all a Happy New Year!

  2. This is one of my favorite things about 12×12–seeing the successes! This makes the seemingly impossible tangible. Congratulations to everyone for being a continuing inspiration.

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