A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012

 - published January 2012

Available in two spiralbound or PDF ebook editions.

Standard Edition, 134 pages:
order the print edition ($13.95)
— ebook: Weightless ($0.99) /  Lulu ($1.99)

Almanac Edition which includes all the prompts, exercises, reading lists, and articles from the two previous editions, 182 pages:
order the print edition ($15.95)
— ebook Weightless ($0.99) / Lulu ebook ($1.99)

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner is the perfect place to keep everything writing-related: whether it’s the minutia of deadlines and word counts, the writing ideas and inspirations that insist on being jotted down, or the most private hopes and dreams. There’s nothing like having this planner in hand to show how much time, effort, thought, and love a writer puts into writing.

Our redesigned third annual Daily Planner is the perfect gift for anyone interested in writing from teenager to grandparent. Cover and interior art by Kathleen Jennings.

Praise for previous editions:

“I know some writers who have spent many, many hours trying to figure out the ins and outs of residency programs, grant applications and even MFA programs in creative writing. A lot of that work is done for you here, with those deadlines detailed and looming some time before their due dates.”
—Jacket Copy, Los Angeles Times

“Like many writers, I have a thing for shiny new planners, dreams of organization and a complete lack of follow-through after March. No more, my friends! A gift from a fellow writer will keep my bad thang on track—at least until June. A Working Writer’s Daily Planner from Small Beer Press is a practical planner for those of us who are distracted by bright and shiny things (like Facebook, admit it). Spiral bound, good quality paper to take the ink and chock-full of goodies such as writing exercises, paper dolls and workshop information (plus much more), it’s already been marked up with deadlines and dog-eared.”

“An incredible gift for your favorite writer, or yourself.”
Kelli Russell

“What I just pulled out of the shipping box is a solid little book of 144 pages of text printed on a good stock of 6×9-inch paper and spiral bound to lay flat. The spiral, by the way, is made of a heavy wire and bent in at the ends, so it should both stay on the book and make it through the year.”
Women of Mystery


How to Format a Manuscript
“A Mayan Apocalypse Primer for the WorkingWriter,” Michael J. DeLuca
“Ladies, Please!,” Sarah Rees Brennan
State Arts Grants
“What I Know About Literary Agents,” Geoffrey Goodwin
“Rewriting,” Kelley Eskridge
“A Short 2012 Reading List,”Su-Yee Lin
Future Planning
Further Resources
Contest and Award Fees
CLMP Contest Code of Ethics
“A (Mostly) Contemporary British Reading List,” Rebecca Isherwood
Fifty First Sentences
Residency Spotlight
Submission Tracker
“111 Contradictory Writing Suggestions,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Science Fiction Spotlight
A Reading List of  Favorite Romances,” Kelly Link
“Bestsellers: Do They Last?”

2010 & 2011 EXTRAS (Almanac Edition only)

Book Festivals
Writing Exercise: A Reality Show Story
“The Editorial Assistant,” Rebecca Isherwood
“How to Find a Writing Group,” Ben Francisco
Six Reading Lists
An Even Dozen Writing Prompts
Debut Author Interview: Kelly Link interviews N.K. Jemisin
Writing Exercise: A Play on Words
“Story Idea Generation,” Kelly Link
“What I Know About Writing,” Geoffrey Goodwin
Writing Exercise: Genre Musical Chairs
“Reading as a Writer,” Kelly Link
“How to End a Story,” Nick Mamatas
Writing Exercise: The Cliché Trainwreck
Where to Find Out About MFA Programs
April is National Poetry Month: Spotlight on Poetry
Writing Exercise: Truth or Fiction
“Beyond Competent and Accomplished: A Call to Action for Workshoppers,” Kelly Link
“Trivia Vs. Writing Real Stories,” Kate Wilhelm
Writing Exercise: Dialogue
Online Writing Workshop Spotlight
Writing Exercise: Soundtrack First
Photo and Illustration Credits

A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012 Sample


26 Responses to “A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012”

  1. Theresa Spohn on September 23rd, 2011 11:25 am

    So how does one order A Working Writer’s Daily Planner 2012: Your Year in Writing thru lulu.com?

  2. Susan on October 21st, 2011 1:22 pm

    I really enjoyed my 2011 planner. What made you decide to cancel the trade paperback version and go with an e-version only?

  3. Gavin on October 27th, 2011 9:09 am

    We will have a simpler version available as an ebook and through Lulu this year. We had to cancel it as pre-orders weren’t high enough, sorry.


  4. Gavin on October 27th, 2011 9:09 am

    Theresa, it won’t be available until nearer the end of this year, sorry. We will email you when we make it available,


  5. Eva on November 26th, 2011 6:11 pm

    Please email me too, Gavin, when I can order this on Lulu and I’ll spread the word. Thanks!

  6. lori on November 28th, 2011 12:43 am

    Please email when the 2012 edition is available as an ebook. Thanks. Any chance it could someday be an app?

  7. Gavin on November 28th, 2011 10:28 am

    Hi Lori, we’ll certainly email when it is available. We looked into making it into an app but an app seemed to me to be a better fit for Poets & Writers or Writers Chronicle or someone like that.


  8. Sarah Bean on November 29th, 2011 12:30 pm

    Please email me when the 2012 planner is available to purchase. I would really like one.

  9. Nancy on November 29th, 2011 3:33 pm

    I would have pre-ordered if I had known.
    I stumbled upon the 2011 edition at Amazon.com. Went back to buy this year and found it wasn’t available – which led me to google your website. Will definitely pre-order for next year if you try again. It’s great
    Thanks and best of luck

  10. Christiana on December 2nd, 2011 12:18 pm

    I am really disappointed. I’ve been ordering this planner since 2010 and really wanted it in actual paper this year so that I can tote it around to school and such. I have no idea if I can order an e-book edition, and I don’t really know if that will work for me at all. Really, really disappointed because I was looking forward to this and absolutely love my previous 2.

  11. Chad on December 6th, 2011 4:05 pm

    Sadly this is one of those things I always most enjoy ordering each year. I’d bought the first two as PDF downloads and finally decided to actually buy the paper edition since printing and binding was a pain.

    If you offer a 2013 edition, I’ll certainly pre-order. And of course I’ll still buy it this year, too. If you can email and let me know when it’s available. Thanks

  12. Judith on December 12th, 2011 7:12 pm

    Just went to Amazon to order my daily planner and I, too, like those who responded above, was disappointed. So sorry to hear you weren’t able to print it. Even as a POD? I’ll miss it, but I’ll keep an eye out in case you decide to print one next year. It’s a gem! And nicely designed, too.

  13. Maggie on December 15th, 2011 4:58 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear this won’t be available as the previous two were, as well. I just popped over to see about getting my copy for 2012. If I had known it was available for pre-order, I would have done so.

  14. David milstein on December 16th, 2011 9:21 pm

    I too am sad to not be able to get this for Christmas. I loved my 2010 edition.

  15. Veer Havik on December 18th, 2011 8:17 am

    I loved my 2011 version too and just found out no 2012. Sure you won’t reconsider? 🙂

    Can you post a link to the LULU download?



  16. Veer Havik on December 18th, 2011 8:21 am

    Please email me when the 2012 planner becomes available and when I would need to pre-order for the 2013 version so maybe you will get enough orders.



  17. Jean Hollander on December 21st, 2011 8:25 pm

    I had the 2011 and loved it, been looking all over for the 2012 edition. When will it be available please notify me.


  18. Rebecca Lawton on December 22nd, 2011 1:40 pm

    Will order more of these planners when and if they come back into hardcopy print — happy to do a POD if you go that route. Sorry did not know about the need for pre orders but keep me informed for the next round!

  19. Karen Roongrojana on December 28th, 2011 1:35 pm

    let me know when it is available.

  20. Nicole on December 28th, 2011 2:24 pm

    I’m sorry as well that I didn’t pre-order. I bought 2010 and 2011 and loved the planner. Please let me know when 2012 is available no matter what format.

  21. Madeleine Butler on December 30th, 2011 4:40 pm

    How will we know when the calendar is available? Can you add me to a mailing list for an announcement?

    Hoping to see it soon…

    Thank you!

    P.S.: I would have pre-ordered it if I had received an announcement that availability was dependent on pre-orders. Do you do email marketing?

  22. Stacie Brown on January 2nd, 2012 2:08 pm

    reconsider. if not let me know when ebook is ready. received it at Clarion in 2010 and bought the 2011. very disappointing

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  24. Nikki F on January 2nd, 2012 10:26 pm

    I didn’t know, I didn’t know. I went to buy several copies from Amazon(one for me, two to give as gifts) and found out that it wasn’t available. Please email me when the ebook is available & let me know when we need to preorder the 2013 edition.

    Have a great year!

  25. Liz Roman Gallese on January 3rd, 2012 12:59 pm


    Please add me to the mailing list for an announcement of if and when the 2012 planner (or planners for future years) will be ready.

    I miss it already.

    I will pre-order. Also, if you reconsider, I would be happy to order 2012 whenever it comes out.

    Finally, please email when the 2012 plannere is available for purchase on Lulu.



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