Thursday, November 24, 2005

Being thankful

Happy Thanksgiving! What are you thankful for today? I have so many things I could mention but at the top of my list is the fact that this year, my life-long dream came true. My first book hit the shelves and I officially became a published author. All those years of dreaming and writing, struggling and studying, producing failed manuscripts, receiving rejection letters, attending critique groups and conferences -- it finally all paid off. I feel grateful and priviledged to be part of the small percentage of writers who actually realize their dream. So when I sit down to eat that turkey today, I will give thanks for my book. How about you?

5 comments:

L. Faye Hughes said...

Gail,

Congrats on your first sale! I love your book cover - it's so romantic. Plus, I've heard that brides on the cover of books sell a lot of copies, which is always a good thing.

(If you want to check out Gail's cover, it's on the November TBR Pile on the right, along with the other November titles from PASIC authors.)

I'm thankful today for many things: For good friends, for people who love me, and for second chances.

Annalee Blysse said...

Happy Thanksgiving. I'm thanksful for getting the chance to write as well. Following dreams is something to be thanksful for!

Sue-Ellen Welfonder said...

Another spot-on topic, Gail. For myself, I am thankful for more than I could possibly put into words! But since this Blog is writing-themed, I will risk sounding corny and say that I am ever so thankful for my mailing list readers. Being very much allergic to self-promotion, I do not 'harvest' mailing list readers and even deliberately 'buried' the sign-up form on my website. But having done so means that the readers who find it and then do sign on, are readers who genuinely love my work and actually want to be on my mailing list. To me, that is far more important than having, perhaps, a few more thousand readers signed onto the mailing list! Only those who 'want' to hear from me are on there, and I cherish each and every one of these readers. Many of them e-mail me throughout the year, often in the times 'between books' and that means sooo much to me. Quite a few of them have been around since DEVIL IN A KILT, my debut book, and that they are still here, still supportive and claiming to love my work, is more heartening than I can say. So, aside from the things I am thankful for in my personal life, which shall remain private, I am ever so happy to have these very special readers in my life. I cherish them all and can only hope they know through my newsletter and, as well, through my e-mail responses to theirs, how much I appreciate them.

Stephanie Feagan said...

Congratulations, Gail! It's a rush, isn't it?

Colleen Thompson said...

Congratulations, Gail! The fulfillment of a hard-won dream is definitely worth our thanks.

This year, I'm thankful for the struggle itself, for the ups and downs of the writing business and the incredible friendships forged in that crucible. Having known tough times makes the good ones sweeter, and having received a helping hand from when I'm down has made me more willing to do the same for others and begin even more new friendships.