Guardian Angel Kids – April 2018

The April issue of Guardian Angel Kids Ezine is now available online at http://guardian-angel-kids.com

This month’s theme is treasure hunting. Enjoy!

2016 Goal Review & 2017 Writing Goals

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Oh me, oh my. I blinked my eyes and 2016 was done. I set myself three goals for this year and achieved only one: I attended writing group fairly consistently, missing only a few. I’m long past the point of being disappointed when I don’t hit a writing goal. What did bum me out is that I wasn’t disciplined enough to review my goals more than once since December. It’s important to review goals at least once a quarter to stay focused.

Enough whining, because good stuff happened in 2016. Here’s what I accomplished:

Book Release

This November, Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving was released by Guardian Angel Publishing (GAP). This was totally unexpected, so I had to make time to promote the book once it came out. I still have a few copies available for review if anyone is interested. You can email me at ccmal(at)charter(dot)net. Please put “Mac and Cheese” in the subject line.

Amelia’s Mission

One of my goals was to finish this middle grade novel by the end of the year. That didn’t happen, but I am now in the middle of Chapter 16, so there’s progress.

Writers Conference and Agent Meeting

I sat on the planning committee for WriteAngles again this year. We ended up having an agent slot open, so I snagged it. I’ve met enough agents at this point that it is no longer intimidating and practice is always good. I pitched Amelia’s Mission and she helped me polish my query letter.

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That leaves my edits for The Sisterhood as a totally untouched goal from 2016. This is the first full-length novel I completed. It needs a lot of editing, which I didn’t get to this year. I’m going to hold off on it for now. It’s too large of a project for me to commit to tackle in 2017. I truly want to get Amelia’s Mission finished first anyway.

Searching for Popularity is an incomplete manuscript that I changed from memoir to young adult novel. It probably won’t garner much of my attention until Amelia’s Mission is done.

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The following completed books are searching for a home:

A New Home (chapter book) – Romeo, Juliet, and Peter are three abandoned kittens searching for a new home.

Crabby Cathy (picture book) – Cathy is a mean girl who shoves people around in the schoolyard and takes things that aren’t hers. But when Amy and Chloe decide to befriend this bully, they see a side to Cathy they didn’t know existed.

Everybody’s Home for Christmas (chapter book) – Rachel is sad that her military father isn’t around for Christmas like the other dads. With some encouragement from her mom, she spends the days putting together a care package to send to him in Afghanistan, and before she goes to bed each night she prays for his safe return. Will Rachel experience a Christmas miracle?

The Real Cinderella Story (picture book) – A snarky story of Cinderella told by one of her sisters.

 

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Amos Faces His Bully is under contract with Guardian Angel Publishing. Wouldn’t it be great if an illustrator took on that project and it released in 2017? That is my hope.

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GOALS FOR 2017

Considering my real estate work schedule and my family commitments, I am keeping it simple again this year.

  1. Participate in Picture Book Idea Month in January. I’ve participated in this endeavor twice, which resulted in Macaroni and Cheese for Thanksgiving being published, Amos Faces His Bully being under contract, and four other picture books written. I’m game to do it again.
  2. Submit two short stories this year.
  3. Contribute to Guardian Angel Kids e-zine once this year.
  4. Seek out guest blogging opportunities once a quarter.
  5. Write four chapters of Amelia’s Mission by June.
  6. Attend writing group monthly.

Are you setting your goals for 2017 yet? Want to share any of them?

October 2016 Issue of Guardian Angel Kids Now Online

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It’s the season of falling leaves, pumpkins, and Halloween (my second favorite holiday). This month’s issue of Guardian Angel Kids is filled with poems, short stories, recipes, and articles that will help you and your youngster celebrate fall.

Check it out at www.guardian-angel-kids.com

Guardian Angel Kids Launch!

 

Guardian Angel Publishing has announced the launch of Guardian Angel Kids, an online interactive ezine for kids! This new ezine is designed for “healthy and safe entertainment for 2-12 year old children, featuring games and activities” from Guardian Angel books and characters.

Everyone at Guardian Angel is excited about this new endeavor, including me! When I first wrote Obed’s story, which will be released by Guardian Angel this fall under the title of Little Shepherd, I only had Guardian Angel in mind as a potential publisher. I had read several of their books and knew I wanted them to be involved in bringing Obed and his story to young readers. I was thrilled when I heard they wanted to put it under contract.

Please visit the Guardian Angel Kids website, where you and your children can listen to an introduction from our Angel Geko named Gak, and browse through the games, stories, and free downloads available in our January 2010 issue.  Meet our Creative Crew and review our Submission Guidelines.

We hope you enjoy the debut issue of Guardian Angel Kids and bookmark our site so that you can come back often.