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This was my day to post over at the 4RV blog. Today, I’m talking about self-doubt, offering tips on how to stop it from stealing your time. You can check out “Stop Self-doubt from Stealing Your Time” here.

Also, 4RV Publishing has redesigned its website. Check out the new website at www.4rvpublishing.com

New Release: Mara the Space Traveler by An Leysen

Mara’s biggest wish is to become an astronaut ― to discover new planets. Sometimes dreams and wishes come true . . . She lands on the most beautiful planet she has ever seen. But the planet is in trouble and only Mara can help.

A wonderful space adventure about a small girl with big dreams and a big heart. For astronauts and explorers ages 6 and up.

Age Range: 6 and up
Grade Level: 2 – 3
Lexile Measure: 600L
Hardcover: 56 pages
Publisher: Clavis (June 16, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1605375276
ISBN-13: 978-1605375274

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2020 Goals Review

Typically, I review my goals quarterly, but 2020 has given all of us a run for our money so far. Between the pandemic, a brief slow down in the real estate market, and the loss of my father-in-law to COVID-19, my goals got buried as I struggled to find a new normal. It’s time now, though, to stop the negativity and focus my attention on moving forward. Here is my list from January and an update on my progress:

Goal 1: Develop one of the ideas from my stash.

Progress: None, however I did float around to one of my publishers that I had more story ideas similar to two of the books that have already been published.

Goal 2: Decide which of my completed stories to submit next.

Progress: None, though that is because of Goal 3.

Goal 3: Edit The Sisterhood and submit to the agent I met at a conference.

Progress: The first draft of a full-length novel was completed before I ever wrote a children’s book. It simply has never seen the light of day. Even edited once or twice, it needed help. I had been reading it to my writing group, which provided some good feedback. I also pitched it last fall to an agent at a conference who expressed interest if some work was done to it. That work started a month ago. My sister/co-author and I are on Chapter 3 right now.

Goal 4: Finish additional material for the new version of A Christmas Kindness.

Progress: Done and in the hands of my publisher. I am waiting for word from the editor.

Goal 5: Acquire and edit three manuscripts for 4RV Publishing.

Progress: I have worked on one totally new manuscript this year, completed edits to the first novel I acquired for them, and hope one more comes to fruition in 2020.

Goal 6: Write for Guardian Angel Kids.

Progress: Sadly, this will remain an uncompleted goal. Guardian Angel Publishing announced that as a result of slow book sales thanks to the pandemic, it is closing its doors after 15 years. I am so grateful for the faith they had in bringing three of my books into the world. We don’t have word if Guardian Angel Kids will continue, but I don’t think so.

Goal 7: Write five chapters of Amelia’s Mission.

Progress: None. Since my focus has been on the additional material for A Christmas Kindness and The Sisterhood, I simply haven’t had time to think of poor Amelia. With my limited amount of time, I know I need to dedicate what I can to one project.

Did you set goals for 2020? Where are you at right now? I hope you’re happy with your progress.

Baby Bear by Kadir Nelson

The acclaimed tale of a lost little bear searching for home from Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winner Kadir Nelson.

Baby Bear is lost and afraid. All the other animals try to help:
Trust yourself.
Sing a song.
Retrace your steps.

As Baby Bear gains courage with every step, he realizes he was never far from home after all.

With poetic text and stunning illustrations, Baby Bear is an impressive addition to the canon of timeless picture book classics.

Age Range: 4 – 8 years
Grade Level: Preschool – 3
Hardcover: 40 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (January 7, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062241729
ISBN-13: 978-0062241726

 

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