Donde esta Angela? Where is Angela you ask?
I’ll be doing a number of things this year:
- I’m in two critique groups, one an oldie but a goodie, the other more recent MG group. It’s so great to have the support from a group of writers who are also SCBWI members.
- I’ll be attending the SCBWI Summer Online Spectacular as well as the SCBWI Winter Conference. I received a wonderful critique of the first ten pages of my historical fiction fantasy manuscript from a literary agent during the SCBWI Summer Online Spectacular in 2020.
- I’m focusing lately on one Middle Grade novel. I’m currently 68,136 words into it with the end in sight and an idea for a 2nd book.
- The Friend accepted a fourth article of mine and the publication dates are TBA. I’m ineffably happy about this.
- I’ve applied for the 2020 WNDB (We Need Diverse Books) Walter Grant and I haven’t been notified that my application was rejected yet as of Jan 2021. Fingers crossed since they said they will announce publicly in January 2021!
- I received a mentorship from Las Musas and was paired with an amazing author who is giving me feedback on my novel. She’s amazing!
Goals this year:
- Hopefully I’ll be able to attend more than one SCBWI conference this year (Ive been too or have planned for two so far: one in Miami which was one day and the SCBWI Winter Conference in 2021).
- Finish my MG historical fiction fantasy novel that is set in 1910 on Martha’s Vineyard.
- Revise said MG novel and learn what process works best for me. I’m normally a fly by the seat of my pants kinda writer and the characters and plot reveal themselves organically but I did a bit of outlining for this novel.
- Find a literary agent that is ecstatic about my work! I’m willing to take my time to find the perfect fit for me and my work. I need someone who wants to publish my whole body of work PB and MG.
- Writing, writing, writing! Reading, reading, reading!
- I’m bulldozing (okay it’s not really bulldozing, more like a slow, persistent flap and flutter) my way to publication (with a little bit of pixie dust in hand and perhaps a skeleton key or three that may or may not unlock the doors I need to enter)…at least that’s the goal–to make magical things happen through my writing. I really want to make a difference in the lives of children by writing books with diverse characters in them. I really want to mainstream deaf characters as well.