Monday, January 3, 2011

Reflections on 2010

Quote of the week: Close the door. Write with no one looking over your shoulder. Don't try to figure out what other people want to hear from you; figure out what you have to say. It's the one and only thing you have to offer. Barbara Kingsolver

Looking back at 2010, I have to say it was a good year.

I signed a contract with 4RV Publishing for my YA novel, Life on Hold. It is now with the editor, undergoing edits. We've done two rounds, waiting on the next and then, hopefully, the copy edits. They've also accepted my picture book, A Tumbleweed Christmas. Details to follow when I know them.

I signed another contract with Twilight Times Books for my MG story about the Orphan Trains, based loosely on my mother's life. Scattered to the Winds.

Guardian Angel Publishing assigned artist Alex Morris to illustrate my picture book, Frankie's Perfect Home. What I've seen is just right for my little armadillo.

Our oldest son and daughter-in-law came for a visit in the spring. They had reservations for Christmas, 2009, but we had the blizzard, closing DFW airport, as well as the highway to our house, so they had to cancel. Glad to see them finally.

My YA historical novel, Caves, Cannons, and Crinolines, Twilight Times Books, came out June 15. I had book signings, contests, and more are planned for 2011.

A nice ending to the year was the announcement that Just Breeze, 4RV Publishing, was the first book sold at the 4RV Bookstore. If you live in the area, check it out. I wish I lived closer.

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The best part of the year was that DH only had a few visits to the hospital. Much improved.

I also was on a win streak and have some great books, some that I've already devoured from cover to cover, others waiting their turn. I think I've mentioned most of the ones I've already read in previous posts. Also, they're listed on GoodReads and Shelfari. I'm going to keep better track this year.

Leaving you with Just Breeze:


  1. Oh, what great news about JUST BREEZE. Congrats to you, Bev. I wish I live closer to TN, too!

  2. That all sounds like fabulous news (except the blizzard, but you all made it through well, so...) Cheers to another good year, Bev.

  3. Yes, we did, Kai. We also learned that Christmas wasn't about gifts, but more about caring for others.

  4. Wow, Beverly! You amaze me. Congratulations on a great year!

  5. Thanks, Kelly. I hope you have a fabulouse 2011.

  6. Great news, Beverly. Hope it continues right through 2011 for you.

    Love Barbara Kingsolver--anything she writes is a gem, including the advice at the opening of your blog post.

  7. Thanks, Lee. I hope 2011 brings all the best to you.

  8. Wow, Beverly. What a year! Hope 2011 brings even more happy book news for you!

  9. Wow, you've been busy writing! Best of luck on your books. I like that quote a lot. I need to remember to write without being too overly influenced by the trends. Juts to write the best story only I can tell.

  10. I have a mg story I hope to sell this year, Susanne, and maybe a ya, if I ever finish it. :) Thanks.

    May 2011 be a super year for you.

  11. Thank you, Catherine. The quote is one I need to remember too.

    Hope your 2011 bring good news and your dreams come true.

  12. Oh, my goodness, but you are one busy beaver. I'm so proud of all you are accomplishing. Would that I could mimic your moves... ah! What am I sayin'? 'Course, I could mimic your moves. Now... wanna' come to my house an' show me your moves?

    Keep up the good work, Bev. You are my inspiration.

    ~ Yaya

  13. LOL! Love your sense of humor, YaYa. Yep, I'll hop right over and show you my moves.

    Have a wonderful year.