‘Twas the night before…
By Rebecca Cantrell
‘Tis the season to be sentimental. This year I’ve been thinking about things that I’m grateful for as a writer. So, as a warning, I’m going to list them off now. It will be sappy. The less sensitive among you should go back and read Josh’s post on the 8 days of Hannukah. It has more severed penises than sentimental phrases and is, like all Josh’s stuff, good writing.
These writerly things I’m grateful for are in no particular order:
I am grateful for other writers. Just today I received in the mail a box of books from the talented YA author Kathryn Lasky. Her novels, The Guardians of Ga’Hoole, were made into a movie last summer that my son and his friends loved. Kathryn heard about my books from our mutual agent and read mine and now just sent me some of her books, including two signed for my son. What a lovely holiday present! To find another writer likes your book and gives you hers. And that is just the most recent example of writerly camaraderie I’ve experience from writers published and non, including my fellow blog mates. I’m sober and I’m sayin’ to all of my fellow writers (male and female): I love you, man!
I am grateful for readers. I’m humbled and thrilled every time someone tells me they read my book. In this day and age the investment of $25 for a hardcover book and hours of your time to read it is a precious commodity. And then some folks actually go out of their way to write a review or an email or come to a reading. Wow. Just wow. Bless you readers, every one!
What possesses people to spend their whole lives helping others to get their vision out there? How did I get lucky enough to stumble on them? I don’t know, but I’m immensely grateful that such people exist, from agents to editors to cover designers to booksellers to publicists to reviewers to bloggers. Without you I’d just be writing quietly in my cave (which I have to confess that I do adore) and I would never have met those other writers and readers.
Thank you everyone! And happy holidays! You all already gave me the best presents ever.