Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankfulness - Let me Count the Ways

There are a lot of things I am especially thankful for this year. This great community of friends here at BRP is high on the list, as is my publisher, Five Star Cengage Gale and the staff there.

My latest book with them, Stalking Season, came out the middle of this month, while I was out of town with limited Internet access. The acquisitions editor, Tiffany, had a special presentation featuring my book and four others that had received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, and I was not going to be able to promote that day, October 30th, as that was the day my sister was having surgery for breast cancer. Even though I try to keep personal information about my family and myself out of business correspondence, I did let Tiffany know why I would not be online to promote her event.

She immediately sent me the nicest message, "Please don’t worry for a second about having to do anything on October 30th.  I’ll do all the promoting for you that day (and on the FS Facebook page after that) – so rest easy about that – and put every ounce of your strength towards your sister…"

In all of my years of working for different publications and editors, I don't recall ever having such a quick and meaningful response.

So today I am most thankful that my sister came through the surgery and has a good chance to beat this monster cancer, and I am also so thankful for Tiffany and people like her who are so quick to support others.

My thankfulness also extends to the many visitors who have made this blog popular. It always helps to have a responsive audience to what we write, and we have learned as much from you as we have learned from each other.

Finally, I want to thank all the people who have read my books, especially those who have taken the time to write a review. Not only does it feel good to read kind words about our books, reviews on Amazon really do make an impact on sales.

To write down all that I am thankful for would take pages and pages, so I have tried to spread it out. I've written a different Thanksgiving piece for the Venture Galleries blog that might be of interest.

I hope everyone who celebrates this holiday has a wonderful time with family and friends.
  Maryann Miller is a novelist, editor and sometimes actress. Her latest release is Stalking Season, the second book in the Seasons Series. The first book, Open Season, is available as an e-book for all devices. To check out her editing rates visit her website. When not working, Maryann likes to take her dog for a walk and work outside on her little ranch in East Texas, and sometimes she plays on stage.

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  1. What a beautiful post, Maryann! The gift of your sister's ongoing recovery is indeed cause for thankfulness -- so, too, the kindness of Tiffany, your acquisitions editor. And your inclusion of our own BRP community high on your list speaks for all of us who have benefited so much from the experience and wisdom of both contributors and followers. Having such events and people in our lives gives us pause to reflect on the compelling reasons for gratitude.

    Thank you for sharing.

  2. We're thankful for you too, Maryann! Glad to hear your sister is doing well and welcome back!

  3. So glad you enjoyed the post, Linda. I do agree that we here at BRP do have a special community.

    Thanks for the welcome back, Kathryn. I'm relieved that the worst is over for my sister and maybe life will get back to something close to normal for her.


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