Wednesday, January 25, 2012


Taryn Young’s plans for an amazing senior year are over before they begin. Grieving the deaths of several of her classmates, she has no intention of taking her late boyfriend's place as student body president...until she finds out who is running in her place. If Chelsea Manor becomes president it means nothing changes. Ideal High remains less than ideal...and Taryn doesn’t want to let that happen. She owes that much to Blake’s memory.

As president, she butts heads with a principal who doesn’t want his school labeled, a bullied student who doesn’t want to be rescued, and a student body suspicious of her motives. Throw in a hot cowboy-type, who is totally not her type, and Chelsea with all her angst over the accident, and it’s not long before Taryn is wondering why she dragged herself from the safety of her warm bed where at least she could grieve in private.

Good news in the WIP department.

NOVEMBER: Sent manuscript to a professional editor and paid for a Content Evaluation. It was just what I black and white...the good, the bad, the ugly.

DECEMBER: Mulled over the evaluation while I shopped, wrapped, entertained, cooked, fed, played games, became a grandma, get the idea.

JANUARY: Revised and set goal to be finished (and I mean in capital letters FINISHED, so, for reals FINISHED) by January 23rd.

JANUARY 22 at midnight Eastern (so 10 PM Arizona): Submitted manuscript to the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award contest (ABNA).

So here's to IDEAL HIGH, all 75,984 words of it. We've spent a lot of time together over the years and, hopefully, this is only the beginning. I have no expectations for the contest, passing even the first round would be great, but it gave me a deadline and I MADE IT!

What goal have you accomplished?


Donna K. Weaver said...

I just got my ms back from my editor and I have one little thing left to do and it'll be ready to send to the agent who requested a full.

Then I have to get ready to send out some queries beginning February 1st.

*shaking in my shoes*

I also need to get back to work on the WIP that I'm submitting the first chapter to Storymaker's first chapter contest. Not that I have any delusions that I'll win but I've heard the feedback is awesome.

Donna K. Weaver said...

Dang, I also meant to congratulate you for getting it submitted. Scary stuff. Good luck!

Angie said...

Woohoo! Good for you and good luck in the contest.

JoLyn Brown said...

This is great. I'm excited for you. Your book sounds really interesting. I hope it does well.

Renae W. Mackley said...

You're book sounds great and I want to read it for your future blog tour! Sounds like an interesting and emotional book. Congrats on the big finish and good luck.

Cindy M Hogan said...

I'm terrible at setting goals. I do much better if I just let my writing happen when it happens-that way I'm always so pleased with myself. :)

Tanya Parker Mills said...

I submitted my second novel to a small publisher in October and am still waiting to hear if it's a go or not. In the meantime, I'm about 18 chapters into my third novel with a goal to have the second draft done by Feb. 23rd, so I can run it by an editor and get it in final shape before the Storymakers Conference May 5-6.

Your story sounds good. Good luck with ABNA!

Tera Mecham said...

Congrats Valerie! Your WIP is compelling.

Valerie Ipson said...

Thanks! I can't wait for all of you to read it in book form one day!

Good luck with your goals!

Peggy Urry said...

So proud of you! Can't wait to see it in print. :-)

Susan G. Haws said...

It won't be long now till your favorite high school is in print.


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