I was very excited and happy when I finally finished a book and published it. I was also ecstatically happy when it found a niche of readers and began to sell. And I would be remiss if I didn’t say how thankful I am for the many book clubs who reached out to me when I was stumbling around without a clue in the publishing world trying to figure out how to market and promote my book.
I love being part of groups on the various social media where I get to learn so much about craft, life, and about the publishing industry. It will be a year in November since I’ve been on this journey. In fact, it was October 31, 2012 when I published my book, and I can’t believe it’s been almost a year.
As I pondered what I’m most thankful for, I’d have to say it’s the relationships I’ve forged with other readers and with other writers. I have a wonderful Facebook Group called “The Block” where I get to chat with readers and just be myself. I have three wonderful administrators who take care of things there while I’m working my day job, and writing in the evenings. And on Facebook and other messaging applications.
In fact just tonight I was able to collaborate and brainstorm with a group of authors I admire and
call friends despite not having met either of them face-to-face. Yet, I hope to do so, eventually. So, if I had to pick one thing I am most thankful for as a writer, I would pick my relationships, hands-down.