Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Writerly Things I'm Thankful For

What am I thankful for in my writing?

by Rebecca Cantrell

*warning* There will be much sloppy emotion ahead. If that sort of thing bothers you, click away now. Also, there will be some really long lists that you can skim. *end warning*

Everything. I’m ridiculously grateful for all of it. I’m thankful that words come out of my head and into my fingertips and onto the page. Sure, they’re not perfect, but they are there. I hear stories in my head and I write them down and other people read and understand them. How humbling is that?

I’m thankful for my loving and supportive family. Without their support, the rest of it doesn’t

I’m thankful that I have literary and film agents (yes, I mean you: Kimberley Cameron, Elizabeth Evans, Mary Alice Kier, Anna Cottle) who believe in my work and sell it so that it can reach a wider world.

I’m thankful that the wonderful people at Tor Forge have done such a terrific job with the Hannah Vogel books (Kristin Sevick-Brown, Alexis Saarela, and those whose names I don’t know). It’s all been top notch: the editing, the fact checking, the cover design, the signings. I look at those books on my shelf and sigh nearly every day.

I’m grateful for the booksellers who have championed my books. The ones who handsell it to every customer who walks in the door (Bobby McCue from the late Mystery Bookstore in LA, Fran Fuller from Seattle Mystery Bookstore, Barbara Peters at Poisoned Pen in Tucson, Ed Kaufman at M is for Mystery in San Mateo, Elaine Petrocelli at Book Passage, oh dear, I hope I haven’t left anyone out.).

I’m grateful for my peers, all the writers famous and not so famous who have gone out of their way to be kind and helpful and supportive, from those who blurbed my early books (James Rollins, Anne Perry, William Martin, Rhys Bowen, Bill Pronzini, Laurie King, Loren Estelman, Gillian Roberts, Cara Black, Victoria Thomspon, Paul Doherty, Sara Colleton) to those who helped me out when I was just starting, including everyone on this blog (read the sidebar for that list!) and the wonderful members of the ITW debut group (Lee Child, Andrew Gross, CJ Lyons, Julie Kramer, Andrew Peterson, Andrew Harp, Jordan Dane, Tony Hays, Rip Gerber, and others too numerous to list).

Last, but definitely not least, I’m grateful for my readers. Those folks who spend their hard earned money and precious time on my stories and my world.

I couldn’t do it without you.

Thank you, everyone!


Abhishek said...

I am also thankful for the wonderful blogging friends I gained while writing!! They help a lot by letting you learn!!

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Joshua Corin said...

And we're all very thankful for knowing you too and for being able to consider you a friend.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks, Abhishek! It can be a very supportive blogverse out there!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Hey Josh! You're on the blog list, the ITW list, the writer list, AND the friend list. And, I'm thinking, the nice list.

But I don't have elves checking up on you, so I can't be sure.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Meredith Cole said...

Awww... what a nice post! Love the mush. Thankful to know you, Becky. And feeling grateful this week for so many blessings in my life...

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks, Meredith! Sometimes, mush is warranted. :)

And I am very glad to have gotten to know you through the blog (thanks, Kelli!) and the various 7crims activities at conferences. The writing community has been so terrific, I could be mushy about that for hours.

Michael Wiley said...

Hear, hear!

Farin said...

And your readers are thankful for you, too!

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thanks, Michael and Farin!

lil Gluckstern said...

'Tis the season for mush, and I'm glad we have it. Thank you for your writings and thoughts.

Rebecca Cantrell said...

Good point, Lil!

If you can't be mushy during Thanksgiving, when CAN you?

Thanks for stopping by!

zen power said...

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Rebecca Cantrell said...

Thank you, zen power! That is lovely to hear.

Gabi said...

It took me a couple of days to brace myself for sloppy emotionalism (thanks for the warning) but I am so glad I did. Best, best, best dear Becky.