A Look Back At 2012

Happy New Year.

I started 2012 as an unpublished writer with around 10 submitted stories. I also had a newly completed novel that needed editing.

12 months later, at the end of my first calendar year as a writer, I have sold 7 stories (more about the seventh sale in the New Year!), I have edited my novel and sent it out to all the agents I had on my list and I have finished another novel that is awaiting editing.

I'd set myself a target of selling 5 stories this year so it's great that I managed to beat that total. I am also happy with the personal feedback I've had from agents about the novel. The only slight disappointment this year is that I didn't manage to write more short stories. I wrote 13 in total which is only slightly more than 1 a month. I'd imagined that I might try and write nearer 25. It gives me something to aim for in 2013 though, even if I do have an idea for a really big novel that might take up a bit of time...

I wanted to read 50 books this year and managed 39. As I did last year, here are my favourites from what I got through.

Top 5 Fiction Books of 2012

  • Freedom by Jonathan Franzen
  • Swamplandia! by Karen Russell
  • Flip by Martyn Bedford
  • A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness and Siobhan Dowd
  • I, Partridge by Steve Coogan et al

Top 5 Non-Fiction Books of 2012

  • The Psychopath Test by Jon Ronson
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • Zen and the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury
  • In America by Stephen Fry
  • Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt

Favourite Short Story of 2012

In Canada by Michael Wehunt (unpublished)