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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

With a Thankful Heart

Since our American readers are celebrating Thanksgiving this week, it seems a good time for a moment of gratitude. In fact, there's really no wrong time to be thankful.

Many people consider writing to be a solitary activity. But however true that may be, when you begin a quest for publication, you join a community. And if you're reading this post, then you've found your way to the best writing community I've found.

The fact is, it takes a lot of support to pursue a writing career, from your family, from friends, from beta readers... from whoever motivates you to keep going.

I am grateful to many people:

  • My husband and my best friend, the best support system a girl could ask for

  • My fellow blog mistresses, also known as The Best Crit Group EVAH

  • My amazing agent, Katie Boyle

  • Patrick McDonald for conceiving and implementing the fabulous Querytracker.net site

  • My sweetly ruthless beta readers
And finally, YOU... the Querytracker community for sheer awesomeness. I'm grateful for your suggestions, your participation, your thoughtful comments here on the Querytracker blog.

So, what are YOU thankful for?

For those of you celebrating, have a peaceful and happy holiday!

H. L. Dyer, M.D. writes women's fiction and works as the Clinical and Academic Director for the Hospitalist Program at a pediatric teaching hospital near Chicago. In addition to all things literary, she enjoys experimental cooking and composing impromptu parodies to annoy close friends and family. Click to visit her personal blog, Trying to Do the Write Thing.


Stina said...

I'm definitely thankful for this blog. :D

My very supportive husband and kids. I love them all very much.

My crit group. They're amazing.

My beta and teen-beta readers. They've become like a fan club.

And all the great agent blogs that have taught me so much about the industry and writing fiction.

Oops, I the hear the closing music. Time to end my thanks.

Have a great Thanksgiving!

Unknown said...

I'm also thankful for this blog and its bloggers - as well as all the blogs devoted to writers and writing.

I'm thankful to my hubby, kids, beta readers, and critique groups for their wonderful support and feedback.

Last but not least, I'm thankful for chocolate which has gotten me through many a tired night of writing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Carolyn V. said...

There is just so much to be thankful for. Right now I am thankful for this awesome cup of Cocoa warming my freezing fingers. Happy Thanksgiving!

Suzette Saxton said...

The support of friends and family, my lovely fellow bloggers/followers, Patrick McDonald for bringing us all together, chocolate, Brendan Deneen and all agents who share their time so generously, my sister Bethany Wiggins, my children...

I feel like the luckiest gal alive.

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Elana Johnson said...

I'm thankful for my QT peeps as well. My family. A car that runs. My live critique partners. My job (yes, the real one that pays the bills). What a great time of year to be reminded that we're not alone in this journey called life.

Mary Lindsey / Marissa Clarke said...

I love you, Heather. I'm thankful for YOU as well as Suz, Carolyn, Elana and Pat. What a great year it has been.

The readership of this blog and the whole QT gang is awesome. I can't imagine a more supportive community. I can't wait to see what this next year brings for all the writers I've grown to love.

I'm thankful for my creative, brave agent and my amazing family. Man, oh, man, the stuff they put up with. ;)

Happy Thanksgiving! (A little late, but hey!)