You know the saying “It takes a village to raise a child?” Well, it takes a village to make a writer, too.
While writing a novel is one of the few grand creative endeavors you can actually accomplish alone, doing it right without losing your mind requires an extensive support team. I’m thankful for mine — they are all amazing.
My dad, who always encouraged me as a writer, including buying me my first copy of Writer’s Market in fourth grade.
My husband, who is amazingly understanding about allowing me writing time, even when it comes out of our time together.
My kids, who read my stuff and give me suggestions, and are incredibly enthusiastic in their support of my writing career.
My friends, who are always happy to vote on titles, help me come up with pitches, or generally root for me.
My CPs and beta readers, who are so incredibly generous with their time and give me feedback which is worth its weight in plutonium. These guys are seriously amazing.
The writing community, which is so generous with time and knowledge — sharing writing tips, running contests, putting together agent information, providing moral support, and always lifting each other up instead of pushing each other down.
My agent, whose enthusiasm for my book is as fantastic as her responsiveness and insight.
Thank you all. You guys are awesome.