Many people have the image of authors as these solitary beings, scribbling away in some garret. (Or office, or living room, or…)
Anyway, the concept was that authors wrote books and then — voila!
The published book appeared.
I know I used to think this. But it is so wrong.
It really takes a lot of people to make a book happen. Whether it is traditionally published or self-published, there are usually more people involved than just the author.
There’s the author’s family and friends, who have to put up with the obsession to write, the locking oneself away in a room, the non-stop worrying and agonizing over every little thing.(Thanks to my husband, Kevin, my son, Thomas, and the rest of my family and friends for understanding. Special thanks to Kevin for also being my biggest fan. Thanks to Rebecca Brown for listening to my endless conversations about writing and publishing).
There are the beta readers and critique partners who help to whip that manuscript into shape. (Thank you, Revo Boulanger, Lindsey Duga, Steve Katzen, and Richard Pearson).
There are the other writers who help and support the author’s journey. (Thank you Agent Query Connect friends, Judith Hillman Paterson, and Adina Gewirtz).
There are friends who are readers and lovers of books. (Thank you, Third Friday Bookclub).
There are people who give you a gift. (Thank you for the title suggestion, Joey Francisco. You left this world too soon, but I will always remember you).
Thanks to editors who help to make the book the best it can be, designers who create beautiful book jackets, and publishers who believe in it enough to send it out into the world. (This is thanks to you, Lindsay Leggett, as well as publisher Georgia McBride and the entire team at Month9Books).
Thanks to agents who help to support and promote their authors’ works. (This means you, Jennifer Mishler at Literary Counsel).
Thanks to all the authors who have come before me, and taught me everything I know about literature and writing. (Especially the creator of the original story of “The Snow Queen”, Hans Christian Andersen.)
And last — but certainly NOT least — the readers. Because without readers, books are only marks on paper or images on a screen. Thank you, readers!