Jun 26

Halfway There

by Hannah Holt »


I’m guest blogging on Julie Hedlund’s blog today. Julie is amazingly talented and one of my first writing friends. If you get a chance, come on over and say hello.

One of Julie’s many projects is leading a group called 12×12 (over 400 writers and illustrators participate). The challenge is to write twelve picture book manuscripts in one year. No previous experience required!

If you missed signing up for 2012, be sure to sign up on her email form for next year. I highly recommend it.

What has 12×12 done for me?

Well, I’ve written six picture book manuscripts this year. That’s six more than last year. None of them are submission worthy, but two have me jumping out of my seat with excitement.

My favorite part of 12×12 is the wonderful network of friends. I’ve connected with so many talented writers from around the world. It may be a bunny eat bunny world in children’s publishing, but you’ll never meet a nicer group of people than the 12x12ers.

If you’d like to meet more 12x12ers, click here.

Happy writing and have a great week!

  1. Mom Holt

    I am so excited that your writing hiatus is over and that you have jumped in with both feet! You have so much talent…..this is great news!

  2. Tara Oliver

    I wouldn’t mind seeing some of those manuscripts when the year is over – especially maybe the ones are you excited about. Perhaps a self-publish? I liked that with Ziggermajig.

    Cute article, Hannah. Had no idea you took your manuscripts with you to the delivery room. LOL. Nice article! And I love your pictures.

  3. Julie Hedlund

    Bunny eat bunny ‘ *snort* I’m so glad you joined the challenge just so we can continue to keep in such close touch even though you live all the way in Portland now. Thanks, too, for writing such a wonderful piece for my blog today. You go, girl!

  4. Julie Rowan-Zoch
    • Hannah Holt

      No, I haven’t. Looks hare raising.

      • Carter Higgins

        HARE RAISING! That’s so awesomely funny. :)

  5. Penny Klostermann

    Bunny eat bunny…
    that’s really funny!
    Thanks for posting for the party, Hannah! I have enjoyed reading them all!

  6. Beth Stilborn

    Yay you for all the writing you’ve done this year! Loved your guest post at Julie’s.

    Happy Half-way there!!!

  7. Tina Cho

    Congrats on your 6 manuscripts amidst taking care of your family, etc! You’re right… it’s 6 more than we had last year! Enjoyed your interview!

  8. Romelle Broas

    Oh, what a nice thing to say! It was nice meeting your too. Again, enjoyed your guest post. You are an amazing woman. Happy 6 x 6!

  9. Vivian Kirkfield

    Congrats on 6 picture book drafts…and best of luck and happy writing in the next 6 months!

    This 12×12 community is amazing…I don’t think I’ve ever met such a generous bunch of people in my entire life…oh, and did I mention talented as well! :)

  10. Melissa

    Congratulations on 6 book drafts :) The community is amazing… :)

  11. Erik -This Kid Reviews Books

    Great post! I love the picture too! :)

  12. Jennifer Young

    What a nice post, big CONGRATS on your 6 Hannah!!!

  13. Heather Newman

    Bunny eat bunny sounds about right! It’s good that we 12X12ers have found a good warren full of friends and support. Happy halfway!

    • Hannah Holt

      Warren full of friends, love it!

  14. Eric VanRaepenbusch

    Congrats on getting six manuscripts complete and you even moved your family in the middle! Way to go!

  15. Cathy C. Hall

    First, I LOVE your blog title and header–very engaging! And second, congrats on all those mss (especially the two you’re excited about)!

    Loving this wild and crazy (blog) party!

  16. Sheri Cook

    Haaa…there’s a visual! BUNNY EAT BUNNY world in Pictue Books. Congrats on all you have done in 12x12in2012 PB Challenge!

  17. Donna L Martin

    I’ve always like the phrase “it’s a bunny eat bunny world”. Congrats on the six manuscripts and here’s to another six!

  18. Carrie F

    Congrats on your 6 manuscripts and 4 adorable children! Here’s to more in the second half of 2012 (manuscripts, not children 😉

  19. patientdreamer

    Happy halfway Hannah and congrats on all you do. I have loved getting to know so many wonderful people in this 12x12in12 community. I am so glad you are a part of it to. Happy partying and all the best for the next 6 months of creative fun!

  20. Rena J. Traxel

    Yay! Great guest post by the way. Keep up the good work.

  21. cynthia iannaccone

    Congratulations and good luck with the next half!

  22. Deb Lund

    Love, love that photo! And great post here AND there! Huzzah to “Write Badly!” You speak my language… ; )

  23. Rebecca Fyfe

    I agree that the other members of this challenge are wonderful and everyone is incredibly helpful and generous with their time and expertise. Happy Halfway!

  24. Lynn A. Davidson

    Congrats on accomplishing so much this past six months.

  25. Catherine Johnson

    How funny! I hope there’s no bunnies eating bunnies in your stories, Hannah. Congrats!

  26. Stacy S. Jensen

    Very true about keeping us motivated, moving ahead and writing. When we write the ones that get us excited, it’s a little bit of heaven. Happy writing.

  27. Damon Dean

    it was a great party wasn’t it? Like your page, and loved the guest blog on Julie’s site. Happy Halfway plus a few days (late checking out web sites).

  28. Jarm Del Boccio

    I love it…a bunny eat bunny world. I would rather be a bunny than a dog! The friendships we have made are truly the best part of 12×12. It’s amazing how we can feel kinship with those we have never met in person. Here’s to the second half of the challenge, Hannah!

  29. Vivian Kirkfield

    Hi Hannah,
    Just wanted you to know that you are the WINNER of the 300th post giveaway. Congratulations!!!
    Please email me at vivian@positiveparentalparticipation.com so that I can mail you the lovely copy of The Lap-Time Song and Play Book. :)
    Hope your summer is going well!

    • Hannah Holt

      Thanks, Vivian. I can’t wait to see it. Congrats again on your 300th post!

  30. Hannah Holt

    Thanks everyone for the well wishes! What a fantastic party it’s been!

  31. Evelyn

    This is amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so proud of you! And shame on me for not getting over to this awesome blog more often. Also, why have I not seen the other books? I need some editing projects!

    • Hannah Holt

      The other “books” are more like rough drafts written on toilet paper than works of literature. You’ll probably see more than you want to see this year as it is. :)