Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Celebrating our Achievements


At my work, we have a new standing agenda item on every meeting in the organisation. It's called Celebrating our Achievements, and every meeting must start by mentioning and celebrating positive achievements by our staff.

So, I am rolling out "Celebrating our Achievements" to the Bootcampers. As 2010 comes to a close its important we celebrate the great work our writers have done over the year. When I put the call out to the Bootcampers to give me their achievements, I had a great response. Congratulations to all on their achievements in 2010, some of which are listed below.

Eleni Konstantine
  • Healer’s Destiny - polished, submitted to agents and entered into 4 competitions.
  • Registrar for Romancing the Novel.
  • Attended Coogee Conference – pitched to agent and editor
  • Attended BootiCon!
  • Obtained funding to help with Coogee costs.
  • Attended WorldCon
  • Entered 2 short story competitions. (one a brand new story)
  • Submitted short stories to markets.
  • Wrote one new short story needing work.
  • Dream Tamer – first draft completed.
  • Presented a Blogging Workshop at the Writers’ Centre
  • Won the Little Gems cover contest
  • Focusing more on writing and less volunteer work.
  • Published on Antipodean SF, November issue with ‘The Bucket"
  • Mirror, Mirror flash fiction accepted for publication by Mindflights e-zine
  • Undertook Bob Mayer course via RWNZ
  • Reading – lots done and a range of different genres/subgenres. Fun.
  • Nominated for the Lynne Wilding Meritorious Service Award.
Goals for 2011
  • Edit – DreamTamer, Gateway to Hell, Clown story, sanctuary sci-fi story (for Aus anthology)
  • Write – Shadow novella, Lady & the Dragon, short story for MZB’s Sword & Sorcery anthology
  • Read resources on writing I have on my shelf.
  • Overhall website
  • Enter Little Gems Short Story
  • Enter Little Gems cover contest
  • Submit once stories are polished :) Hoping to sumbit one novel, two novellas and 6 short stories.
Dana’s Achievements for 2010
  • completed two more semesters of uni (only four more to go!)
  • finished a synopsis for Believe in Fairy Tales
  • entered the STALI
  • entered HM&B’s New Voices comp
  • started a new manuscript in a new genre
  • learned heaps through Bootcamp, Breathless in the Bush, the RWA’s Perth Roadshow, and the RWA’s 2010 Sydney conference
  • pitched to and editor and an agent (got requests from both)
  • studied a new writing topic every two months
  • built on and founded new relationships with other writers

Nikki Logan
A whole bunch of firsts for me this year...
  • Saw my first book on the shelves (Feb 2010, and then quickly followed it up with two more and a novella before the end of 2010).
  • Signed a contract for books 7-9.
  • Got my first royalty cheque
  • Entered the RITA for the first time (didn't final though)
  • Did my first general public romance writing workshop and RWA workshop


Tracey's achievements for 2010:
  • Made the second round of the Emerald award.
  • Finishing TAFE course.
  • Attended Coogee conference, with successful pitch to Harlequin.
  • Entered my first international writing contest.


Fiona's 2010
  • Entered the 2010 Little Gems Short Story Competition, and story was accepted for publication in the anthology
  • Entered the 2010Valerie Parv Award and received good feedback
  • Entered the 2011 Emerald Award, waiting….
  • Attended the RWA conference and Booticon and met all of the Bootcampers
  • Managed the RWA Group Grants Scheme
  • Volunteered as Editor on work newsletter and published six editions


I'm sure everyone will agree this is a FABULOUS list of achievements. Congratulations to all. As 2010 draws to a close, and thoughts turn to New Years, I urge you to make a list of writing goals for 2011, then in December next year, you too will be celebrating the year's achievements.
Happy writing in 2011 everyone.

8 comments:

Eleni Konstantine said...

It's really great when we list achievements and realised how much you have done. I didn't realise it as I was going along. It was when I compiled this list that I thought...wow, not a bad effort for 2010.

And since I wrote this, I am actually ahead of next year's goals. I've written a skeleton draft of my Shadow novella.

Congrats to my fellow Bootcampers on achieving their goals. It's wonderful to see all the good news floating on our loop :)

Rachael Johns said...

Fabulous lists of achievements 101ers!

Mel Teshco said...

What a great list their ladies, loads of acheivements!!
Not a bad idea to remember the flashing by that was 2010!!

Fiona G said...

Hi everyone, thanks for the comments. It is pretty special isn't it. Next up we'll be setting our writing new years resolutions and working our way towards them.

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