Wednesday, December 4, 2019

My 2019 Achievements and December IWSG Post




I still can’t believe that this is the last IWSG of 2019. The year has flown past at super sonic speed. Luckily for me, I have written loads and loads this year for the newspapers for different sections, submitted a lot of books to different publishers, participated in two competitions (the results are yet to come), judged the IWSG Anthology competition, my new monthly column Grammar Guru will start in January in Children’s World Magazine (I have already submitted the columns for the entire year). I also attended my first children’s literary festival as a speaker in November and both my sessions went phenomenally well. I have also done a few school visits this year and my publisher (HarperCollins) was happy with the book sales. I also came to know that my Scholastic book 'Lazy Worm Goes on a Journey' is now a part of supplementary reading in schools and has a workbook along with it. Professionally I’m quite pleased with 2019. 

With a little bit of planning and time management, I managed to do all this, but sadly I had to restrict my blogging days to only IWSG posts. IWSG (Insecure Writers Support Group) is a fabulous online group of writers who post on the first Wednesday of the month. Most of our IWSG posts are focused on our writing anxieties and concerns. The IWSG website is a treasure-trove of writing and publishing information.

IWSG was started by one of my favourite bloggers - Alex J Cavanaugh, Alex has several bestsellers to his credit: CassaStar, CassaStorm, CassaFire and Dragon of the Stars. I just hope someone turns these amazing books into movies.

December 4 question - Let's play a game. Imagine. Role-play. How would you describe your future writer self, your life and what it looks and feels like if you were living the dream? Or if you are already there, what does it look and feel like? Tell the rest of us. What would you change or improve?

If I was living the dream, all my books would be on the bestsellers’ lists, I would probably have 2 books out every year, frequently do book tours, my book signing sessions at literary festivals would be standing room only, and all my books would go into reprints a few months after the books were launched. Let’s not forget the movie rights, the merchandizing rights etc of my books, which would be raking in the moolah.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year in advance to all of you.


19 comments:

  1. So glad to hear your sessions at the literary festival went so well - yeh! And I love the name of your new column - Grammar Guru sounds like it will make learning fun. :)

    Happy holidays to you, too!

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  2. Rake in that moolah!
    You've had a very good year. We really appreciate you for judging the IWSG Anthology Contest.

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  3. It sounds to me like you're already living the dream. Congrats on all your accomplishments. Happy Holidays!

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  4. Merchandising is big bucks.

    Having a book with Scholastic is huge. They own the schools.

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  5. Well done for the excellent planning and time management! Both those are ares it wouldn't hurt for me to get better at.

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  6. Wow!!! Way to go with all of your writing and work in 2019!!! I'm super impressed and inspired by the way you're making your dreams come true. Best wishes on getting to your future hopes!

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  7. Your accomplishments have really been huge, Rachna. So happy for you. And I think you are close to living your dream!

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  8. What an exciting and busy year you've had. Lots of writerly things to celebrate. I wish you well for the coming year, Rachna.

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  9. Congrats on such a wonderful, successful year!!! Hope 2020 brings you some of those wonderful aspirations. #dreambig!

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  10. Congratulations on your accomplishments, and so cool that you're with Scholastic (me too!). Keep dreaming big and pushing forward! :)

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  11. Wow congratulations on such a fantastic year! The literary festival had to be especially satisfying given it was your first. I hope your 2020 brings even more triumphs. :)

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  12. It looks like you have been very busy. Good luck to you!

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  13. I love your enthusiasm! Bestseller list, movie rights, a girl can dream.

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  14. Can I use your dream? It's awesome!!!

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  15. You have had a great writing year - wishing you more and more success in the new decade 🤗🌹

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  16. I like your dream :)
    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Sounds like you've been highly productive and had a good year, Rachna. Well done!
    Your appearance at the literary festival sounds like an amazing opportunity.
    Hope you have a wonderful festive season and prosperous New Year.

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  18. You've been very busy! Wow... It's enough that I can write on my spare time (which I struggle making for myself) with kids crawling out of my ears and nose. lol! That's okay, though. I've been sending short stories off here and there. It's slow-going but the writing never stops! :)

    ♥.•*¨Elizabeth¨*•.♥

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