This year, I’m thankful for more than just the gravy-drenched stuffing I’ll practically inhale at Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few more things I’m grateful for:
1) My agent. I still experience the sweaty-palm, rapid-heart reaction whenever an email from him pops up. He was the first agent to fall head over heels in love with EVERLASTING, and has been an amazing advocate for me and my writing. Needless to say, I’m extremely thankful for him.
2) My editor. Okay, I’m just thankful I can use the words “my” and “editor” in a sentence. In fact, I don’t think anyone actually knows her first name (it’s Jen!) because I’m constantly saying “my editor.” I need to stop that…
3) My self-esteem. Without a healthy self-esteem, I would never have kept up the query process after getting some disappointing rejections. Writers need thick skin and plenty of self-esteem in order to make it in publishing. I still struggle with self-esteem, but sometimes I read blog posts where people doubt themselves to the extreme—or worse, give up—and I’m thankful I believe in myself.
4) My online friends. The online communities I’m part of are not only welcoming, they’re also my main source of sanity. I don’t know what I’d do without LiveJournal or Blogger or Verla Kay. These places make me feel at home and give amazing support.
5) My husband. Four years ago my husband supported my decision to quit my full-time job in order to stay home and raise our little girl. I started to focus more on my writing, taking it seriously for the first time. He never doubted my dream of getting published, never told me to get a “real” job, or complained that money was tight. For his patience and belief, I’m most thankful.