Tuesday, December 18, 2007

My 2008 Goals... And Anthology Guidelines

I've decided to work toward a higher number of submissions (and hopefully publications) in the coming year. The exciting part is that not only will it continue to build my resume, it'll - potentially - pay well! I know it can be done, and this is my year to try it for myself. Magazine articles/essays are good possibilities, but I'm also really intrigued by anthologies, like Chicken Soup for the Soul.

And yippee! I've gotten a headstart. Last week I submitted pieces to both a Chicken Soup title and a newer anthology called True Real Estate Stories. Yesterday I sent off a first-person narrative to Guideposts, which, if bought, would be my first national publication. How cool would that be?! I've one more essay sub due to Chicken Soup at the end of this month, another later in the new year, and have been directed to a few websites that give submission guidelines for other anthologies. For anyone interested, they are:

Anthologies Online


Common Ties

Work on my novel has seriously slowed down; I haven't looked at it in at least a few weeks. Part of me is disappointed, but I was needing a long break from it. And I'm not ready to force myself with it just yet. I did come up with the concept for another novel (and Hubby likes it much better than my current WIP)... I may decide to start some work on it.

The good news is, I have 12 whole months (and beyond) ahead of me. What I can accomplish in that amount of time is up to me, and I'm excited to see what I can do.

I hope everyone has a great Christmas! May you be blessed in the new year.


Anonymous said...

Janna, good luck with your goals! You sound very optimistic which, to me, is the first step to success.


Janna Leadbetter said...

Thanks, Melanie!

Michele said...

Hi Janna,

Here's to a very successful 2008 with lots of publishing credits under your belt!

I have a story in the first volume of True Real Estate Stories. You'll love working with Tom & Kerrie Everitt!


Teige Benson said...

Yes, I would also like to wish you well and good luck with the new goals you've set.

And keep working on those novels - whether it is the old or the new.

Best wishes for the New Year!