Friday, December 30, 2011

Highlights of 2011


I can’t believe the year’s gone already! Was it really a year ago I sat down to write my recap of 2010?  And could this year be anywhere near as exciting as the last one? Yes, it could, as it turns out. It was a year of learning ... and a lot of waiting ... and growing professionally, I think.

First of all, I had the pleasure of working with my agent Sara Crowe in 2011.  She was my brand new agent last December, and after a year of working with her I am impressed by her upbeat, positive approach --  and awed by her keen eye for editorial comments.  Every time I submit a manuscript to Sara and she sends back comments, my response is: “Wow. That’s brilliant -- and do-able -- and perfect!”

Of course, a big highlight of 2011 was when Sara sold THE CAGED GRAVES to Dinah Stevenson of Clarion!  I look forward to all the pre-publication business that is to come in 2012 – editorial letters, revisions, editing, more editing, and did I mention editing?  Believe it or not, I love editing!  I don’t have an official publication date yet, although Goodreads says 2013 and who am I to question Goodreads?

WE HEAR THE DEAD may have been published last year, but it continued to pick up good reviews this year.  I attended two YA panels as an author – which was a thrill! – at Drexel University’s Week of Writing and the Lititz Kid Lit Festival. (Say that last one 5x fast.)  And I had the excitement of seeing my own book on the shelf at my school’s Scholastic Book Fair last May. 

I finished the first draft of my Tesla-punk manuscript this year, plus several subsequent drafts, and I have my fingers crossed that 2012 will bring good news for this story.  There were times I despaired of ever finishing it, and this manuscript proved to me that getting to the end of the first draft is always my biggest hurdle. If I can produce even a stinker of a first draft, then I can transform the story into anything I want it to be during revisions.  I hope to keep that in mind as I work on my next WIP, which I began this year  -- (and which is already giving me some trouble.)

In February, Marcy Hatch approached me about a new blog feature – First Impressions -- and in March we began our monthly first page critiques.  I’ve learned a lot just writing them, and I’ve met a lot of new writers, to boot. (Plus, I hope the critiques have been useful ...)

Finally, this recap wouldn’t be complete without my trip to Hollywood for dinner with my producer.  Okay – the trip to Hollywood was a family vacation, and she isn’t “my” personal producer.  But Amy Green is the producer who purchased a film option for WE HEAR THE DEAD and collaborated with me on the screenplay.  I loved meeting her for dinner to discuss the latest developments and future plans, and who knows – maybe the “Highlights of 2012” will contain some good news in that realm! Fingers crossed!

Happy New Years, everyone – and wishing everybody a successful 2012!

13 comments:

  1. What a fantastic year you've had! May 2012 be every bit as wonderful for you. :)

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  2. What a great recap of a super fun year. Hope your 2012 is even better!

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  3. What a great year you've had! I can't wait to read Caged Graves.

    Happy New Year.

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  4. How fun-what a great year you had! I admire your love for all that is editing and revision. Congrats on all your good news and I hope 2012 will be just as productive for you!

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  5. Such an exciting year Dianne! I so look forward to reading your work and hearing more good news from you in 2012 :) Happy New Year!!

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  6. That was some year...and something to be proud of! Here's to hoping your 2012 recap is just as amazing! :)

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  7. It sounds like you've had a very productive year. Congratulations!

    I hope 2012 is even more productive for you. :D

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  8. WOW! What an exciting year you've had! I keep hearing great things about Sara Crowe. I'll have to check her out though I'm not sure she'd be interested in an adult psychological thriller. Well, I hope 2012 brings more amazing things to your life and career! Happy New Year, Dianne!!

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  9. I LOVE these highlights! What a great year! I'm raising a glass to an even more eventful 2012!!

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  10. Wishing you continued success for 2012 and the best for your family as well.

    Ted

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  11. I have loved reading along as you've posted about each milestone, and I know it's just the beginning for you! Wishing you wonderful surprises and lots of good writing (and apparently editing...I wish I could channel your love of editing LOL) in 2012!

    hugs
    bru

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  12. An awesome year for an awesome writer. I hope that 2012 brings more of the same. Many blessings, Buffy

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  13. YAY, Dianne, what an awesome year you've had!!! :) And I hope 2012 is amazingly awesome, too! Sounds like it is definitely headed that way!

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