Jan Fields (cute_n_cranky) wrote,
Jan Fields

2012 Changes

After a year spent feeling a bit limbo-esque as we mostly waited for my husband's broken leg to heal, I have higher aspirations for 2012. So far, I haven't acted on many of them -- but I aspire. I'd like to complete a book that is not work-for-hire and jump back into the horrors of seeking normal commercial publication. You know, the whole long journey of misery that begins with agent hunting.

But first, of course, I must complete a book. I'm not so good at this. I'm gang-busters at STARTING books. And I've presently got something like twenty-three books in publication with various work-for-hire venues and another seven written, turned in, and waiting to see the light of day. So I know I CAN finish a book. But somehow...when there's no paycheck, cheering section waiting at the end...I'm not so great on actually DOING it with a book of my own.

It's not that I can't come up with an original idea. The series coming out in 2013 with ABDO was my original idea, totally. And I wrote six books without passing out or needing constant breaks to run about wildly and avoid the work of writing.

Anyway, I'm hopeful.

One kinda sad thing I've done this year is face facts and close KidMagWriters. I'm not going to be able to keep up that site. It was a spot of fun back when my husband was working and we depended less on my income so I could invest time in things that not only brought in no income but actually cost money to no gain. Now...I just don't have the time. And we really need to stop spending the money to keep it open when no one is updating it. So, it's closing. I'm sad about it. I wish someone would start a really good comprehensive site about children's magazines, but it won't be me.
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