If you were to examine the whole of my writing life, it would be easy to look past 2012.
Books conceived, zero.
Books released, zero.
On such a blog as this, we could say ...
2012 for Jody Feldman? B-O-R-I-N-G.
And yet, this may have been the most rewarding year in my career.
Days before 2011 ended, I got the green light to turn The Gollywhopper Games from a stand-alone into a three-book series. And I’ve been writing with joy and purpose this whole year.
Beyond the writing, more rewards:
In March, I traveled to pick up the Georgia Children's Book Award and spoke with so many wonderful teachers and librarians and students.
Repeat the speaking part in May at IRA in Chicago.
Repeat again at NCTE/ALAN in the weirdness of Vegas right before Thanksgiving.
Add to that a number of school visits
and a full docket of Skypes, and you pretty much couldn’t keep the smile off my face.
As many of you know (and I’ve repeated ad nauseum), it took me a long time to call myself a published author. Perhaps that’s why I truly understand that timeline-worthy accomplishments are the products of seemingly insignificant years like 2012. And perhaps that’s why I tend not to judge that period from January 1 through December 31. Rarely does it tell the whole story, but it often can tell so much more.
Thank you for being a part of my writing life. To celebrate continuing progress and evolving success, it’s giveaway time! Click to the comment section here (or tell me on Facebook or Twitter – I’m simply Jody Feldman and @jodyfeldman) by December 31, and let me know if you want a chance to win your choice of:
*One full Skype visit for a book group or class;
*A submission package critique (query letter + up to 10 pages); OR
*A signed copy of either or both of my books.