It’s December 30 and The Class of 2k13’s debut year is coming to a close. While I’m elated at the experiences that this debut year has afforded me, I’m also slightly wistful and a bit weary. Mostly, though, I’m grateful. My gratitude is to everyone who supported us through this debut year – from those in the publishing and book selling worlds to teachers, librarians, parents, readers, our families, and of course fellow authors.
Speaking of which – I am in awe of the talent encompassed by the members of The Class of 2k13 – both in writing and in navigating through the uncertainties of a debut year. Our shared efforts reached far beyond what I could have imagined achieving on my own. Throughout the year we have worked together to deploy a variety of marketing approaches, attended conferences, shared ups and downs, and of course – celebrated each of our twenty debut books as they released into the world.
One of the most enduring lessons that I’ve learned as a member of The Class of 2k13: while we may write alone, we don’t have to be alone. And even though our debut year is winding down, our relationships aren’t – after all, our children’s writing careers are just getting started. Many of us are fortunate to have books slated to release in 2014 and/or 2015. There is definitely more to come from us and in the New Year we’ll be working on ways to stay connected with each other and with you. So instead of thinking of this as THE END, I’ve taken to thinking of this as THE END OF THE BEGINNING.
Here’s to The Class of 2k13 at the end of the beginning! It’s been an honor to debut with you and as we move beyond our debut year I look forward to seeing where your wonderful writing talents take you.
Season’s Greetings to everyone and all good wishes for a Happy New Year and a spectacular 2014!
Tamera Wissinger is the author of GONE FISHING: A Novel in Verse, which arrived last March from Houghton Mifflin Books for Children. Two of her picture books: THIS OLD BAND and THERE WAS AN OLD LADY WHO GOBBLED A SKINK from Sky Pony Press will arrive in 2014 and 2015 respectively. Portions of this post appeared at Smack Dab in the Middle Blog on 12/14/2013. Online you can connect with Tamera through Facebook, Twitter, and her Website.