Thursday, September 19th, 2019

Support Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions!

Here’s a fabulous way to jumpstart your writing goals for 2013!

My friend and colleague Julie Hedlund launched the first 12×12 initiative in 2012. Members were challenged to write a picture book draft a month, so as to conclude the year with 12 completed manuscripts. The idea took off like wildfire, with hundreds of members signing on to take part in the incredible inspiration and community that Julie created.

This year, Julie has taken it a step further. She has made 12 X 12 for 2013 a membership site, with amazing perks – including getting to submit your work to agents! There are three different membership levels for different needs and budgets:

Margaret Wise BRONZE – Write. If what you need is the motivation to get your drafts written, along with the accountability of a deadline and the company of a community of writers dedicated to improving their craft, this level is for you!

Shel SILVERstein – Write, Revise. Perhaps you already have a stockpile of manuscripts drafted, and you would like to challenge yourself to revise some of them while also writing new ones. The Shel SILVERstein level gives you the ability to get feedback on YOUR work – queries, pitches and manuscripts – perfect for writers want to focus on both writing and revising. Shel SILVERstein is also perfect for agented, published authors who would like access to an instant platform. A place to share your books, events, trailers AND to get promotion assistance (in the Help an Author Out section of the Forum) from fellow members.

Little GOLDen Book – Write, Revise, Submit. Do you have submission-ready manuscripts? Are you looking for an agent or editor (who accepts picture books!) for your work? If so, Little GOLDen Book is for you! Each month, one agent or editor will accept submissions from 12 x 12 members for the duration of that month, enabling you to bypass the slush pile.

To find out more, and to register for the challenge in 2013, click here.


4 Responses to “Support Your New Year’s Writing Resolutions!”
  1. I found 12×12 in 2012 such a boon in keeping me producing drafts — some of them have been taken to the next level, and more wait in the wings. The way Julie has made this year’s group such a value-added experience is amazing. Here’s to 2013!

  2. This will be my second year and hoping for more learning and success. Great group.

  3. Diane says:

    Julie has done an amazing job with 12×12, and giving the up and coming writers what they need to accomplish their goals. Second time around for me too.

  4. Enjoyed 12×12 last year. Didn’t make all 12 manuscripts but had a couple that I was very pleased with. Hope I can do more this year.

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