I forgot I signed up to interview Becky Gehrisch on her adorable debut picture book ESCAPE TO PLAY and her very successful foray into self-publishing. But Becky was sick; I discovered a friend at a weekend graduation party contracted COVID. Oops!
What to do? Make a new plan. Today I pivoted. Becky and I will talk about successful self-publishing July 13, 2022. You have plenty of time to anticipate our discussion and Becky’s tips. I’ve pivoted lots these last few months. I’ve discovered being able to “pivot” is a useful tool for the writers and illustrators.
Case in point, when I searched Pixabay for an image for “pivot” a few male basketball players showed up and arrow images, too. (I wanted a female b-ball player, btw.)
So, I had to pivot and figure out how to use this image. I was making something out of what I had. This image looks like a wave or many iterations of how to end up at the same place. What do you see?
Maybe it’s time to change our game plan, adapt, or improve our practice. It’s June! We’re almost halfway through 2022. If you’re like me, the last few months have gone so fast, I need to think about my shiny 2022 goals and find if they still serve me. If not, I’ll lean into change and redirect myself. (synonyms for pivot!)
Using myself as a case study. Here WAS my 2022 plan.
Be my own book wife - turn off news earlier, read poetry, revise or write in the AM.
Keep building on my way to “chunk” big goals into seasons. This past season was the season of exploration and trying new writing techniques.
Continue with submission goals of 100 submissions in 2022 via, beginning with 5 queries a month.
Keep my schedule light to feel creative: do yoga, walk, and don't take on extra responsibilities.
Where Did I Loose Direction?
I’ve drifted out of #1, #3, and #4. But instead of chastising myself, I’ll be honest about what I know to be true!
The daily news makes me nauseous and raw. I am writing haikus to channel those feelings now.
I stopped querying for a month to prepare for the ABLA Big Sur Cape Cod Writers’ Retreat. I took 4 mss for that weekend and have more actionable advice on the work I’m sending out from top-notch agents and editors.
I’m back to walking with my husband and dog Scrappy Doo and going to volunteer at the church community garden.