Happy New Year! And Who to Follow in 2013.


Thinking back on 2012 as we start 2013, I know how blessed I am to be surrounded by a wonderful family and amazing friends. (Hi to hubby, Mom, Anne, & Adrienne who I’m pretty sure read this.) The idea of a new year opens up so many possibilities. My kids even agreed on a TV show this morning. What?!

I hit some big writing milestones last year too. I finished my book, headed into the query trenches, got an agent!, and went out on submission. In the meantime, I finished my next book and realized how much I’ve learned along the way.

I also made a lot of new friends. Writer friends. Friends who totally get that the paragraph above is a HUGE deal and who cheered me on every step of the way. While I’m sure I’ll forget to include someone, I’m going to attempt to say thank you to some of you who made 2012 so special.



To follow my twitter list of these incredible writers, go here.


My twitter adventure began with finding people to chat with. I remember jumping into a conversation between Summer and Rachel, where we ended up exchanging queries. I got to know other writers and learned about contests, as well as the amazing opportunity to stalk other entries. :) I found Triona’s pitch so intriguing and we soon started chatting. When she moved back home to Indiana, I twitter-introduced her to Summer- remember this for later. I also loved Elaine’s entry and I finally have her ms to read! Woo hoo!

When I got my agent- the wonderful Kerry Sparks- Kim gave me a virtual Dr. Pepper toast, which I MC900389662returned when she got her agent! *foreshadowing* And then that feisty Jess shot off her famous confetti cannon. When I went out on submission, I jumped into a new trench along with Dahlia and Leigh Ann. Over the summer, I also gained a fabulous new CP in Emily and got to know the sweet & spunky Andrea. Sending hugs to all of you. :)

Then came Pitch Madness where I got to know the incredible Brenda and learned what it was like from the other side of the slush. In that slush, I found an entry I absolutely HAD to read more of. That’s when I became TFFs (That’s right, Twitter Friends Forever) with Jen. Summer and I also tracked down Carey, who turned into a giddy schoolgirl when she was nicknamed “The Torg”. Go Team Finn!


The Northern Ohio SCBWI runs a terrific conference every year in September, and this year, we even got to have a Tweetup, where I met some amazing writers and twitter friends in real life. Triona, Lucas, Stephanie, Kellie, Holly, Christina, Lindsay and Heather, as well as other writers attending the conference. And one of my favorite parts- I got to see Jen M. again. :)

Yeah, I know. So much awesome in that paragraph.

Hook, Line, & SinkerAnd then I ventured into the Hook, Line, & Sinker contest with Summer and Kat. It was a ton of work, but itTrick or Treat button was also so much fun to work with these amazing ladies. The Trick or Treat with an Agent contest was also a success, especially because I got to work with Kim & Brenda.

And how could I ever forget The Great Fizz Frenzy of 2012 when Fizzygrrl finally got her amazing agent. IndianaPhew! And are you ready for this? In December, I got to see Triona again and meet Summer in person! Yes, the Fizz is just as awesome in real life. You might even say she’s amazeballs. (I do speak some Fizzish, you know.) I even got to meet their hubbies and try apple butter for the first time. *waves hello to Drew and Gavin*

Dee & Kim C


And then a week later, I got to have lunch with Kim who was in town visiting family. And we had a REAL Dr. Pepper toast.


The year brought Grease sing-alongs with Sarah, DB Sweeney swooning with Gail, and more stalking (uh, ms finds) with Laurie and Janet. I ran from risqué conversations with, among others, that crazy, yet totally endearing, gal Feaky. And when the awesome Marieke started asking for MG to read and then gushed over mine, well, that might have made my day.

I loved meeting all the other slush readers in the contests I did- there are so many of you to mention, so I will just say ALL of you! My Pitch Wars team Erin, Samantha, and Vicki are incredible, so be sure to watch their stories. And to those who take the time to chat with me, please forgive me if your name isn’t in here. A quick hello to Jay, Melanie, Megan, Jamie, Sarah, Dale, Abby, Heidi, Angi, and Laura.

So many of you have helped and encouraged me along the way and I am truly grateful. It’s so fun to see writers joining twitter and contest circuits and I’m humbled by those who have asked for my advice. Thank you, for giving me the chance to pay it forward.

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy New Year, full of amazing adventures!

*last photo by mono bustos


  1. The Great Fizz Frenzy!!!

    How either of us survived this year, I have no idea. I seriously don't see how either of us made it out with sanity intact.

    I lurve you honey. I couldn't be more grateful to have you in my fizzy little life, :)

  2. Aww, great post, Dee! I adore you and am so glad we are friends. Here's to more meetups in 2013!

  3. What an awesome year, and a fabulous list of folks who have been a part of it! Meeting you on twitter and co-hosting HLandS was such a great experience, definitely a highlight of the year for me. Hope you have an even more wonderful 2013 <3

  4. Awww that's so nice! I hope 2013 is EVEN BETTER!

    P.S. *fondles this blog post, because I gotta be me*


  5. You most certainly had a great year, and I can't wait to see what 2013 has in store for you! I have my cannons at the ready for when you announce the sale of your book! I count myself extremely lucky to be able to count you as a friend. You're an amazing woman. :) Lots of love and best wishes for the best year for us all! <3

  6. Thanks, Dee! So glad I met you in 2012, and wishing you the best of EVERYTHING in 2013!

  7. Wow! What a year it's been! I'm so glad I've been along for the ride! :D

    Here's to all the great things in store for 2013! And a few extra exclamation points, on general principle!!!!!

  8. What a great list of people! I look forward to digging in and reading up on everyone. I've enjoyed our chats and look forward to future blathering, whether it be in the twittersphere or in person :)

  9. Wow, thanks! I'm so glad I met you this year :) You're the best, Dee!

  10. I need to thank *you* for paying it forward. I seriously cannot believe how helpful, encouraging, and amazing you have been. I'm so grateful I met you. And I'm so honored to be a part of this list.

  11. This is some pretty good company to be keeping:) Especially you!!! We go together like shananananana yippity boom de boom!

  12. What a fantastic year filled with goals, accomplishments, and new friends! Thanks so much for sharing all the amazing-ness of 2012 (love the photos)!

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I'm big on documenting with photos. :)

  13. Wow, that is one heck of a year! I'm so glad to have virtually met you this year. Hopefully, we'll meet up for reals some day. Happy New Year!

    1. Meet THE Brenda Drake? I don't know if I could handle the nerves. ;)

      Thanks so much, Brenda!

  14. This post exhausted me....LOL. I have no idea how you do it all and yet you do. Your ability to keep all the balls in the air (and to make it look easy) is awe inspiring....as well as a little daunting :) :) Your hard work and sheer determination has paid off and will continue to do so. Here's to 2013 my friend...!

  15. This was so fun to read Dee. A BIG congrats to you for all you have accomplished and the friendships you've been able to foster along the way. Happy New Year!


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