I decided to sit down today and glance through my files so I could get a gauge on what I accomplished in my career this year. I've been fortunate to have a steady stream of work in 2012, but there is definitely room to improve my productivity and branch out into new markets. I'm already making plans to attend at least one writer's conference this year and subscribe to some helpful publishing newsletters. Here's a look at the accomplishments I'm most proud of for 2012:
- My articles appeared in 10 out of 12 issues of Lake Norman CURRENTS.
- I had two bylined articles in Making Waves, the official newcomers guide to Mooresville, N.C.
- I wrote four articles for Great Lake Living, the official newcomers guide to Lake Norman in North Carolina.
- I broke into my first Canadian parenting publication with a reprint.
- My article “Writing for Free Opened the Door for Paying Assignments" appeared in the March 2012 issue of The Writer.
- I began working as editor of Little Ones, a bi-monthly regional parenting publication based in Charlotte, N.C. This past year, I edited and wrote copy and feature stories for all six issues of the magazine.
- My post “My DIY Writing Retreat” appeared on WOW! Women on Writing’s Friday Speak Out blog.
- I wrote my first two short stories for children and am now submitting them to the appropriate markets.
- In November, I wrote the first draft of a middle-grade fiction book in 23 days.
- I made the decision to turn an unpublished manuscript from mainstream fiction into a YA book and am currently working on that outline before I make revisions.
What were some of your most notable accomplishments for the year? What do you hope to accomplish in 2013?