I spend a heck of a lot of time thanking readers on this blog. It’s because you’re amazing. You’re the sole reason for the success of my books, and I couldn’t be more grateful.
What I haven’t done is thank the people behind the scenes with me. When I began this journey into writing back in January (uh-oh, opening sentence of an admittedly boring post) I had no idea what to expect. I think I assumed I would put my book out there and it would float around, I’d get some sales, some fan mail, some hate mail, etc. That’s it. That’s as far as my expectations got.
I never in a million years thought about the networking aspect of this industry. Before I self-published my books, I never thought to email other authors and ask for advice. It never occurred to me, because I held other authors on such pedestals. I didn’t think they were the type of people to respond…to interact. I was wrong on SO many levels.
I think it all started when I contacted an author that reviewed SLAMMED back in January. His name was Jason. (Hi, Jason!) I was so excited that another author actually read my book…much less gave it five stars! I emailed him and found him to be extremely open about his experiences, super friendly and he eventually became my first “author friend.”
Then came Teresa Gabelman. She stood up for me during a time that I needed support. I was new, had no idea what I was doing and had no clue how to respond to a situation I was thrown into. She helped me through it, and I’ll forever be grateful to her.
Then along came the crazy, (that’s putting it lightly) Liz Reinhardt. She contacted me after reading just a couple of chapters of SLAMMED to tell me all about our shared passion for The Avett Brothers. Can I just say that Liz reaching out to me changed my life in so many ways. I will forever be indebted to her. I love you Liz and I can’t wait to get you alone in a laundry room!
Then here comes J. Sterling. Jenster. Jen Ster. Whatever you want to call her, she was a freaking ray of sunshine. She was one of the first authors I encountered that just blew me away with her selflessness. She just radiates pure joy, encouragement and happiness for everyone, and I love her for it. My amazeballs author soul-mate. J
In the past few months, I have developed some really, really great friendships. I think one of the dearest and closest (geographically and professionally) would be my gal, Tammara Webber. I love having her wisdom in my ear as I flow through this experience with blinders on. She has truly been my saving grace.
There are so many more that I could mention, but if I start naming more names now, I’d have to go on all day. You all know who you are. We chat on facebook, we share ideas, we email, we text, we talk on the phone. These relationships have grown into something so much more than professional acquaintances. They’re my friends.
It’s inspiring to see how these authors (Indie and trad pubbed, alike) are so supportive of each other.
So to all the authors that have helped me along the way, to all the authors I have (hopefully) helped along the way, and to all the authors I have yet to meet, thank you. Thank you for being the shit.
Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art… It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival.
C. S. Lewis