Hello Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,
We are at that crazy time of the year where we are simultaneously beginning to wind down from the working year while thinking about and preparing for Christmas and the year to follow. As writers, we know the publishing houses are due to close their books to submissions for two months, after which most will reopen and the competition season too, will begin and be in full swing a couple of months later. No doubt you are beginning to consider where to next?
Do you try to fit in one more quick submission or risk holding off in the hope that you can make it a knock out one in February next year?
Do you study your craft; read up on how to be a great writer, how to write a killer story/ a dazzling synopsis? How do you do this? Attend courses? Buy and read ‘craft’ books? Get a mentor?
What about getting yourself organised? Buying a diary? A cute little inspirational journal or notepad? Setting up a Pinterest account?
What about your author platform? Are you ready to join Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, start your own blog? What about setting up your own website?
Is it time to get some support? Join a writer’s critique group, a professional organisation?
Do you spend time on nurturing yourself so that you can be more creative? Attend a writer’s retreat perhaps? Do you focus purely on creating? Or is this the perfect time to edit and polish the year’s unsubmitted manuscripts to the high gloss sheen needed for submission next year?
Is now the time to explore possible markets for your work? Magazines? Newspapers? Journals? Websites? Traditional Publishing Houses? e-publishers? Self publishing?
Are you and your files in a state of disarray? Do you need to update your submission details? Competition results? Contacts? Do you need to plan which competitions you’ll enter next year? Which conferences you’ll attend? If so, have you made a budget and planned accordingly to ensure you stick to it?
If you or a friend is being published this year there is even more to consider? Launch dates and events? School visits? Book signings? Blog tours? Publisher marketing events?
The questions are endless and I’m sorry to say I don’t have a definitive answer other than to say any and all of these options are perfectly valid and viable and that the decisions you make will be as varied as you are. If you want to know more about pretty much all of the options mentioned above, trying scrolling through previous posts where I have covered them in much more detail. Oh and that now is the time to write up your Christmas list and leave little hints or entire photocopied lists lying around where loved ones can find them 😉
Farewell fellow travellers
Savour the quest
PS Not sure what to put on your Christmas list yet? Not to worry, Journeygirl’s next post has got you covered. Don’t forget to check in next fortnight. In the meanwhile why not comment and tell us what’s next for you?