So excited to learn I was named Best Book Editor in the Critters Writers Annual Readers Poll.
In addition, A Christmas Kindness earned second place in the children’s book category, making it a Top 10 Finisher.
We came to the end of 2020. Thank goodness for little favors. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I have aged five years over the last 12 months. Enough said about that. Let’s look at how the year went. Here were the goals I set before all the craziness happened.
Goal 1: Develop one of the ideas from my stash.
As I mentioned in October, the closure of one of my publishers caused me to shift gears. All these ideas came out of my participation in STORYSTORM over the last several years. The idea I would like to flesh out is a humorous Christmas story.
Goal 2: Decide which of my completed stories to submit next.
Still undecided. They didn’t garner interest in some Twitter pitches, so I’m not sure if my pitches were off or if the story ideas just aren’t of interest. I planned to sit down over Christmas break to review them, but work got in the way.
Goal 3: Edit The Sisterhood and submit to the agent I met at a conference.
Still working on the rewrite of this one. Only on Chapter 4. 😦
Goal 4: Finish additional material for the new version of A Christmas Kindness.
It was great to see the second edition of this book published. It is currently listed in the Critters Writers Readers’ Poll. You can vote for it here.
Goal 5: Acquire and edit three manuscripts for 4RV Publishing.
It just ended up being two manuscripts this year, but I have edited manuscripts for several other authors as well. I am proud of myself for keeping my toe in this end of the business. My editing services are also in the Critters Writers Readers’ Poll. You can vote for me here.
Goal 6: Write for Guardian Angel Kids.
I am still not over the unexpected and sudden closure of Guardian Angel Publishing. It makes my heart so sad for all the Angels. You can purchase copies of the three books they published for me on my books page. After I go through my stock, they will be unavailable until I find a new publisher.
Goal 7: Write five chapters of Amelia’s Mission.
This poor story. I even figured out the ending to it now, but just haven’t had time to focus on it with everything else going on. At least writing group happens once a month, so even if I don’t have time to polish it I should be able to move forward with this story.
Now, I am off to bed to finalize my 2021 goals. Hope you accomplished what you wanted to in 2020. Feel free to share your accomplishments. Happy new year!
Each year, Critters Writers runs an Annual Readers Poll where you can vote for your favorites. My book, A Christmas Kindness, is in the list for children’s books. I hope you will consider voting for it at http://critters.org/predpoll/novelchildrens.shtml
I am also in the Book Editors category, for my work with 4RV Publishing as a lead editor and acquisitions editor, in addition to my freelance editing work. You can cast your vote for editor at http://critters.org/predpoll/bookeditor.shtml
Thanks for your support.
Christmas Eve was my day to post at Christian Children’s Authors. I spoke about the new edition of my book, A Christmas Kindness, which was released by 4RV Publishing this fall. You can find my post at https://christianchildrensauthors.com/2020/12/24/celebrating-a-christmas-kindness/
It is also listed in this year’s Annual Critters Readers’ Poll. If you wish to vote for it, please visit http://critters.org/predpoll/novelchildrens.shtml
Be on the lookout for my 2021 goals post soon!
The second edition of my children’s book, A Christmas Kindness, was released by 4RV Publishing. This new edition includes discussion questions, activities, crafts, and more. Here is the synopsis:
Eight-year-old Robert is eager to share his wish list with Santa at the mall on Christmas Eve. When he meets Glenn, who only has one request for Santa, Robert is confused over what he should do. Should he ask for himself or for his new friend?
Page count: 48 pages
Published (1st ed): Dec 2012
Published (2nd ed): Aug 2020
HC (2nd ed) ISBN-13: 978–1-950074-12-9
PB (1st ed) ISBN-10: 0985266147
PB (1st ed) ISBN-13: 978-0-9852661-4-1
PB (2nd ed) ISBN-13: 978–1-950074-11-2
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces