Sunday, 29 December 2013

Writing Round-up for 2013

It’s that time again, when many writers like to look back at what's been achieved through the year and I’m no exception. I’m not very good at setting specific goals but it’s useful to get an idea of the highs and lows – hopefully they’re all recorded!

Short story, Whirlwind Catch, published in Ireland’s Own

Short Story, The Shopping Bag, published in The Weekly News
Article, The Cliff Divers of Acapulco, published in Scottish Home & Country Magazine
Tween Book, The Jigsaw Puzzle, published by MuseItUp Publishing

Novella, The Aphrodite Touch, published by Tirgearr Publishing

Historical Novel, Midwinter Masquerade, published by Tirgearr Publishing

Children’s Story, 'Princess Poppy and Little Dragon,' published by Knowonder in Spread Your Wings Anthology

Short article on Saint Teresa published in She’s the One Collection by My World Publishing

Crime novel – 2nd prize at the SAW Conference

Short story, Gloria, special commendation in Ifanca Helene James Competition

Article, Novella length Fiction, accepted by FMN Magazine

Novella, The Adonis Touch, accepted by Tirgearr Publishing (2nd in series)

Short Story, Highland Hogmanay, published in Exquisite Quills Anthology

Letter about Young Montalbano in The Radio Times

Speaker at Inverness Writing Day

Speaker at Dumfriesshire Writing/Publishing Day

Children’s Picture Book still looking for publisher

Eight short stories returned unpublished

Two poems unsuccessful in competitions

I’m very happy to find the positives outweigh the negatives. Some of my short stories definitely need a rewrite, or rethink, and I’m still waiting to hear about a few submissions, so they may be included in next year’s overview.
It’s good to take stock now and then as it certainly spurs me on to finish or send out some of my other work. Now it’s a question of deciding the order of writing projects and rewrites!
See you in 2014



Mary Smith said...

Well done, Rosemary. It's been a very successful year for you with an enviable output. I wish you all the best for 2014.

Teresa Ashby said...

What a successful year, Rosemary and I'm sure 2014 will be even better! The stories, picture book and poem may yet find a home so here's wishing you a very successful New Year x

Wendy's Writing said...

This had been a very good year for you, Rosemary, especially your novels and novellas. Wishing you as much success in 2014.

Carolb said...

Congratulations on all your successes this year, Rosemary.
The ones that came back were well outnumbered by those that were published.

Hope that 2014 will be as good. :-)

Vikki said...

Amazing success for this year! You've achieved so much! Here's to even more success in 2014 x

Joanna said...

That is a wonderful collection of successes, Rosemary, and there could still be success waiting for the stories and picture-book and poetry. Huge congratulations to you for a year of great and well-deserved achievements and I'm looking forward to hearing about many more next year

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thank you, Mary - some of it gets submitted the previous year, of course! All the best to you too.

Many thanks, Teresa. As all writers know, the rejections come with the job! All best to you in 2014.

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Thanks, Wendy - you've not done too badly yourself! All best for 2014.

Thank you, Carol - it's an ongoing challenge! Wishing you a successful year too.

Thank you, Vikki. And to you with your novel!

Many thanks, Joanna - you've had a great year too! I'm looking forward to hearing all your news in the coming year and wishing you lots of success with your novel.

Suzanne Ross Jones said...

What a brilliant year you've had. Well done, Rosemary.


Frances Garrood said...

Wow! You've certainly had a busy year. Well done, Rosemary.

Joan Fleming said...

Wow! A brilliant year, Rosemary. Here's to continued success in 2014.