Successes for 2017

Successes for 2017

Children’s author Julie Hedlund, challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year. She believes the way New Year’s resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity – what DIDN’T get done or achieved in the previous year.  Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one. I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution! Here is my list for 2017.

When I started this post, I had a quick look at the posts for the last few years. I started 2016 saying that it had been a crazy year… it was nothing compared with 2017!

Here are my successes for 2017:

  • Published my first book with Stone Table Books, Lizzy’s Dragon
  • Had a fantastic book launch at Reading’s Children’s Bookshop in Carlton
  • Attended Kidlit Vic Meet the Publishers conference
  • Started a new blog, Diary of a Chronic Mum, to document our journey with CRPS and ME/CFS
  • Read 57 books this year, most as part of the PopSugar Reading Challenge!
  • Participated in Chapter Book Challenge. As I was on a deadline, I used it for editing rather than writing.
  • Started some new chapter books, and completed the first draft of a new one
  • Started working on a new look for my author website
  • Continued running the Young Writers Group at Monash Library
  • Ran two school holiday activities at the Monash Library and have been booked for another one in January
  • Attended a market at my kids school and sold a record number of books
  • Amazing feedback about my book in a Books on Tour blog tour
  • Ran a successful promotion with Just Write for Kids Australia in the lead up to Christmas
  • Continued to sell copies of both Swallow Me, NOW! and  3… 2… 1… Done!
  • Discovered a small but regular income from sales of my eBooks
  • Donated copies of my books to the Monash Children’s Hospital
  • Learned (or re-learned) that there are times when writing has to take a back seat, and that’s OK, it’s still there and ready when I am ready to get back to it (counting this as a success as giving myself permission to focus on my kids and not beat myself up about writing was a big thing)
  • Working out what I really want to do with my writing life and career

This year has been interesting to say the least (check out my Diary of a Chronic Mum blog for more), there have been so many times when I’ve thought “There’s got to be a story in this somewhere”! Even though 2017 didn’t quite turn out how I planned, it’s still been a successful year. Bring on 2018!

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