Wow, 2016 was a big year for me. I studied abroad in Wales, self-published my first novel, and graduated from the University of Montana with a degree in creative writing and English. Although there were a few heartbreaks in 2016, the year was, overall, very good to me. I felt challenged to do better, to be better. Every hardship reminded me of the importance of reaching my goals. Nothing worth doing comes easily, as they say, and I’m determined to be among the few who never stop fighting for their dreams.
But to me, January isn’t about looking at the past—it’s about looking toward the future. There are so many exciting things to look forward to for 2017. I already have a lot planned for my Wattpad accounts, my writing and publishing, and of course, my personal life. While some aspects are beyond my control, I still have high hopes for what is to come in the new year.
- I always look forward to meeting my new followers, whether on my @AnneLutz or @youngadultreads account. Three hundred sixty-five days promises new followers, as well as new opportunities to connect with them and to provide them with ways to improve their Wattpad experiences.
- My latest Wattpad novel is Phoenix. It’s actually a re-written version of the very first book I ever completed. I was only sixteen, so some aspects are a little rough, but I still LOVE the story line and the characters. And don’t worry, most of the roughness is currently being edited away!
- The Teen Fiction Awards officially closed on the first of January. I’m incredibly honored to host a contest for so many talented writers. I can’t wait to highlight the winners of these awards. And remember, this contest is based purely on merit—so undiscovered writers have an equal shot at winning!
- For the first time, I’m venturing into the world of middle grade! I couldn’t be more excited. It’s something I’ve thought about for a long time, and while I’ve started a MG novel in the past, this is the first time I’ll finish one. It’s an upper MG fantasy about a group of young teens who discover magical gems. I don’t want to give anything away, but I believe many of my readers, even the adults, will fall in love with Peter’s story.
- It isn’t set in stone yet, but I’m hoping to attend the Storyteller’s Conference in Provo, UT. The conference takes place in May, and two of my favorite agents will be there (Ammi-Joan Paquette and Sara Crowe). The opportunity to meet them face-to-face could be life-changing!
- Because of this quickly-approaching deadline, I have to finish my WIP as soon as possible. That way, I’ll be able to get beta readers, edit their suggestions, and polish my work before the conference. As you know, it’s important to have as perfect a manuscript as possible.
- Now that I’m graduated with college, it’s time to move into the “real world.” I am currently applying to a wide variety of opportunities, from editorial internships to entry-level jobs at publishing houses and literary agencies. Hopefully, I’ll get something lined up in the next few months. If you know of any job openings, be sure to let me know! 😉
Thank you and welcome to my shiny new author website. I look forward to meeting all of you. Please share your 2017 goals in the comments!
Lots of love,