How do I thank thee? Let me count the ways… (apologies to Elizabeth Barrett Browning)
Here’s my “thank-you” list of all those who have helped me get my books out. Please share yours.
• Beta readers
• Cover designers
• Book designers
• Fellow editors on BRP
• Fellow authors on BRP
• Commenters on BRP
• Family and friends who grant time and space
• All who encourage and support writing efforts
• Anyone who brings a glass of cold water or cup of hot chocolate or fixes a meal
Planting the seeds of a story, cultivating them through the arduous writing process, thinning them after editing storms, and harvesting them onto the printed pages hot off the press — this is what writing a book is all about. While it may grow out of long hours of lonely work, it is not a work that’s accomplished alone. Many or all the above people likely played a role in helping that seedling grow and blossom into a glorious flower.
Writing a book is a huge accomplishment. Even though the proceeds from it may not yet allow you to quit your day job, it’s some of the most mentally and emotionally taxing work you will ever do. Never buy into anyone’s implication that it requires less than stellar effort — it’s a real job.
Now, please, share your “thank you” list and publicly acknowledge (not necessarily by name) the unsung network of heroes behind your beautiful books.
Linda Lane and her editing team work with writers at all levels of experience and in all stages of story development. You can learn about her team at www.denvereditor.com.