Who am I thankful for?
When I got this question, my first thought was that this would be a cinch to answer. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized my response was turning into a never-ending list of people I wanted to thank. But that’s okay. That’s cool because we all know this whole publishing business is the farthest thing from a one person deal. It takes a team of amazing individuals on both sides of the page. However, even with as many uber-talents as I’ve encountered along the way, I do have a small(ish) handful I’d like to shove out into the spotlight so they can get their due recognition.
1) My wife, Jackie.
I don’t know if every writer reaches that point where giving up seems to be the most logical next step, but last summer I hit it. And hard. My ups and downs tend to be more like heavenly mountain peaks and gutters to hell. So when I found myself in an emotional ditch without the momentum to rise up out of it, I had the towel in my hand, ready to throw it in. But Jackie wouldn’t let me. She pep-talked me, sweet-talked me, tough-loved me, dragged me up onto level land, and shoved my laptop back in front of me. And I can’t thank her enough.
2) Every person who has loaned me a pair of eyes, a suggestion, or a critique.
I’ve been lucky to have some amazing CPs and beta readers—Amber, Jayme, Mel, Ronni, Jean, Karen, Jeff, Marieke, Gail, Dave, Patrice, Genetta, Juliana, Lauren, Sean, and Joy. And I can’t thank them enough.
3) My agent, Uwe Stender, and my editor, Wendy Loggia.
They’ve championed my writing while pushing me to rip it apart so that I can make it the absolute best story it can be. It hasn’t been an easy process, but they’ve never let me talk a walk through an edit blindly. And I can’t thank them enough.
I love you all. Every single person who has nudged me in the right direction. Every individual who’s on my mega list of thankery. You are amazing people. Thank you.
Author of MY SEVENTH GRADE LIFE IN TIGHTS (Delacorte/@randomhousekids, 2016) | Proud member of @MGMinded, @TheKidliterati, & @TheSweet16s | Rep’d by @UweStender
Short and sweet and so many to thank. These will be fun to read.
I’m thankful to be your CP… I get to read your amazing work before it’s released out into the world!