2012 in the Rearview Mirror

I hope all of you have had wonderful holidays thus far. I’m still nursing a pie-and-cookie hangover, but I thought, with the year drawing to a close, that I would take time to reflect on some of the best book-related moments of 2012. Becoming a debut author was an all-encompassing experience, and it felt like every week there was a new first or new skill to learn. In all, it added up to an enriching, challenging, transformative year. So here they are, in no particular order:

Very first signing!

  • Seeing Pretty Crooked out in the world
  • Meeting readers (this is still a wonderful novelty, btw)
  • Connecting with other authors, especially my fellow Apocalypsies
  • Discovering new favorite authors and books
  • Being amazed, time and again, by the generosity of friends, family, coworkers and complete strangers who helped me get the word out about my book
  • Signing books at my launch party
  • Going to BEA for the very first time (holy crap it’s overwhelming)
  • Going to the Frankfurt Book Fair (and I thought BEA was huge)
  • Learning to conquer (sorta) my fear of public speaking and self-promoting
  • Bonding with writer friends through the highs and lows (and sometimes minor humiliations) at book events
  • Getting to work with my editors at HarperCollins who were always upbeat, supportive and wise

    Meeting readers!

  • Mastering the Prezi
  • Connecting with bloggers who dedicate so much of their free time to their passion and inspiring a culture of YA readers
  • Continuing to work with my agent to better hone my craft and find my identity/voice as a writer
  • Discovering that becoming an author is an ongoing process that doesn’t end with publication

Of course, I’m really looking forward to 2013—and there’s some exciting news to come on the book front and otherwise. So how about you? What were some of your favorite moments of the year?

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