Wednesday, December 12, 2012

12by12in12 End of Year Celebration

Join the 12by12in12 Party
Well, as many of you know, here at the Castle Library, we've participated in Julie Hedlund's 2012, Write 12 books in 12 months challenge.

We were doing really well, too, until bigger dreams hit and we began to put all our focus into completing a Young Adult Novel titled Illuminated and indie publishing it.Which, just this past week, Illuminated went up on Amazon an Barnes and Noble- as ebooks, and on createspace in print. We are very excited about this book.

Still, because of this fun challenge, we have twelve new children's story ideas. Four of those are completed stories. One has been submitted to a children's magazine. (And been rejected, but it's a start, right?)


Even better, we've learned so much and have made some wonderful new friends... all who, like us here at the Castle Library, love books. Love writing. And want to share that passion by encouraging and helping each other. 

We've so enjoyed reading and featuring some of the new talent in this budding community, and we hope to be featuring even more in 2013. Because YES! folks, the fun will continue.

Oh, and you all must click over to Julie Hedlund's site to see her video. It's priceless.

Happy Writing and Reading!
The Queen- along with:
Jackie Castle (Royal Scribe- in training)
Wiz. Lexiconi, Sr. Mage 1st class: Fabulist extraordinaire. 
Lexiconi's all frog choir
Dirkus and Rankus (Bestest dragon writers and chasers of royal knights, ever, ever!) 


21 comments:

Wendy said...

Glad to meet you through the 12x12, Jackie. We lived in Texas for two years and it's this cold dreary time of the year up north when I remember Texas most fondly. Good luck in 2013!

Carrie Finison said...

Raising a virtual glass to you, Jackie. Four completed stories is an accomplishment to celebrate - good for you for submitting!

Julie Rowan-Zoch said...

I'm in on the toast! Cheers!

Beth Stilborn said...

Here's to you and your accomplishments! May 2013 bring all kinds of delight to your castle!

Loni Edwards said...

Congrats! Sounds like a well deserved toast is in order - Cheers! Here's hoping 2013 is just as rewarding for Castle Library! :)

Romelle Broas said...

4 out of 12 ideas fleshed out! And one already gone through to submissions. That IS progress! It beats having your ms sit around. Congratulations!

Jennifer Young said...

Congrats on your accomplishments this year Jackie. And congrats on getting your work out there for submission. Here's to another successful year in 2013.

Hannah Holt said...

The cover for Illuminated looks fantastic. Cheers for finishing what must have been a huge endeavor. And twelve new ideas and four manuscripts is nothing to sniff about. Congrats on a successful year!

Tina Cho said...

Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Wow, even writing a YA book? You've been busy. Happy 12x12!

Jackie Castle said...

I love Texas in the fall and winter. Not so much during the summer. lol

Jackie Castle said...

Thank you. I'm just thrilled to be doing something I love doing. You know?

Jackie Castle said...

Thanks so much for the encouragement everyone.

Joanna said...

Huge congratulations on publishing Illuminated. No wonder you haven't quite managed to make all twelve ideas into drafts!

Julie Hedlund said...

Wow, four manuscripts (+ one submitted) AND a novel indie published? Can you share some of your energy pills please?

In seriousness, it's been wonderful to have you in the 12 x 12 community, and I look forward to writing together some more in 2013!!

moonduster said...

Jackie - Congrats on publishing Illuminated! So happy for you! It's been great getting to know you this year! Looking forward to following your progress in 2013 as well!

Jarm Del Boccio said...

Congratulations on your new publication, Jackie! And kudos to you for completing the challenge as well. Hopefully we will connect during next year's 12x12...see you then. By the way, I love the image of your castle!

Kirsten Larson said...

I would count finishing a YA novel as a serious accomplishment. Congrats on its publication, Jackie!

Cathy C. Hall said...

Congrats to the Queen! Sounds as if Her Majesty had a royally grand year. ;-)

viviankirkfield said...

Jackie...you've done soooo well! To publish, submit, write...what a great year!!! Here's to more success in 2013.:)

Jackie Castle said...

Thank you, Julie for all your hard work and dedication in pulling us all together. 12x12 has been one of my favorite children's writers groups.

Jackie Castle said...

Thank you everyone who visited. I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you better in the coming year.