Sub Six – First Goal

Sub Six Challenge

New Years Day has past and while it’s still the school holidays, it’s time to get down to business.

One of the challenges I’ve joined this year is “Sub Six”. The aim is to submit six picture book manuscripts this year, one every two months. For me, one of the hardest parts is knocking my drafts in to shape so they are ready to submit.

Last year, I did a lot of work on my princess story so it would be ready to submit to a competition. It’s looking much better than the first draft, even though that was good enough to win a Flash Fiction contest. I thought this would be a good manuscript to kick start the Sub Six challenge.

What am I going to do next?

  • Review the current draft of the manuscript – since I looked at it about 6 months ago, is there anything I would change?
  • Send it for another professional critique – Julie did some amazing work on it last year, it would be good to get another perspective
  • Make any changes that may be required
  • Research potential publishers for this story to find one that would be a great fit
  • Write a submission letter
  • Submit, submit, submit!

I’m hoping that by putting this out there on my blog that this will actually happen. My goal is to get this done by the end of February as well as choosing the manuscript for the next submission and writing for the 12×12 challenge this year… Going to be a busy time!

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  1. A busy year indeed! Good luck.

  2. I think you are going to get this book published this year. It’s such a wonderful story!

    I know this is going to be a great year for all of us when it comes to our writing goals!

    I suffer from the same thing as you – finding that the hardest part is knocking my drafts into something worth submitting. But we will do it this year. I know it!

  3. You are obviously a go-getter, Melissa. I don’t think you will have any problem getting all this to happen. Go Sub Sixers!

  4. Pam Courtney says:

    So proud of you and your tenacity of spirit!

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