Nathan Bransford, Author

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Say Something Nice About a Writer

For those of you just stopping by the blog on a random Wednesday... haven't you heard? It's writer appreciation week!

As I'm sure you know, being a writer can be very difficult. Particularly with the amount of rejection writers have to face, whether they're passes from agents or editors or receive one of those truly mean Amazon reviews written by those evil people who write truly mean Amazon reviews.

So. While this business can be rife with negativity, I would like to request that we forget all that tough slogging for a moment and share the love. Let's say something nice about one or more fellow writers.

I'll start. I'd like to thank my clients for being the most talented, professional, and hardworking group of writers I've ever met. I truly feel lucky to be working with you.

Oh, and Roald Dahl, wherever you are, you were my favorite writer when I was a kid and I know I wrote that fan letter to you in fifth grade and then you died that very same week, and I'd like to think that you read the letter before you passed, or, at the very least, that my letter wasn't somehow responsible. It was a little traumatizing. You probably would have appreciated that.

Your turn!


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Rick Daley said...

Am I first?

Nathan, I'd like to thank you for writing the posts on your blog. Your time is greatly appreciated by many.

I'd like to thank all the writers who help each other out over at The Public Query Slushpile. It's a very courteous and helpful community, and all the thanks for its success goes to all of the active participants.

Buttonman88 said...


This is Roald. Woo-Woo. I forgive you for the letter. Please grant my last wish and take a look at Mike's book and I will rest easy and stop woo-wooing your comments.


Peggy Bechko said...

Thank you Nathan. I'm a writer and I feel much more 'appreciated' after your post. ;-)

Neil said...

I would like the writers I have met online who have given me honest opinions on material, even telling me when something sucked, which is sometimes harder than saying it was good.

I'd also like to sincerely thank Mr. Charles "Chuck" Dickens. When I read "Tale of Two Cities" in eighth grade, I said to myself, "Now THIS is a WRITER!"

Words In, Words Out said...

Scott Tracey who helped me revise last minute on a time crunch.

Famous-wise? Stephen King, who I spent my childhood reading by flashlight WAY after bedtime. He changed the way I saw "scary". It's not always in the closet.

DebraLSchubert said...

Mine is also to Roald Dahl for writing the first book that swept me away into a magical world, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." I read it over and over again, and drew my own pictures from the book. Special childhood memories I'll never forget. May the heavens be filled with your awesome genius.

MeganRebekah said...

I would like to thank Suzanne Collins for creating a world that is so compelling I am finding it to difficult to work today (my thoughts being hijacked by Katniss, Gale and Peeta).

And to all other writers -- you are amazing and have kept me entertained since I was four!

Kadi said...

Julia Spencer-Fleming and Robert Crais can almost make me cry with their talent. A new book from either one is gift. Actually a new book from any author is a gift and I don't have to wait for a holiday to get it.

Shelli Cornelison said...

Thank you to all of the wonderful members of my critique group, Forthwritesky. You are a talented, funny, supportive bunch and you enrich my life.

Janet Evanovich, you are my "go-to-gal" when I crave hysterical, commercial, chick-lit. You do what you do so very well.

Laurie Halse Anderson, thank you for your honesty, both in your writing and your conference presentations. Your down to earth demeanor is admired as much as your immense writing talent.

Judy Blume, I won't be the only one to reference you but thank you for giving me a reason to read in junior high.

Verla Kay, thank you for everything you do to support and encourage kidlit writers. Your Web site is such an amazing place. Best wishes for much continued success with your own writing.

Richard Peck, I don't want to be accused of only mentioning women here. :-) Of course, I would mention you regardless of gender. Thank you for continuing to speak at conferences and events and sharing your abundant knowledge with other writers.

Josh Axelrad said...

Josh Axelrad, who is myself, really faced the psychic edge and ran as near to cancellation as an author should ever hope to get, in the process of tackling his memoir. By god that boy is a hero.

He's supposed to be finishing now (RIGHT NOW) and not surfing the web, silly kid.

Hilary Wagner ~ Writer said...

Gregory Maguire is my hero!

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T. Anne said...

I want to give a big cyber hug to all my blogging buddies! The writing community is so special, I'm so glad to be a part of it.

Natalie said...

Have to give a shout out to my girl Kiersten White and all her awesomeness. It is an honor to read her stuff before it sees shelf space.

I'm currently reading EYES LIKE STARS by Lisa Mantchev, and it is just so enchanting and imaginative. I'm half way through and I already want the sequel.

Also, C.S. Lewis, I love you. You have to know that me and The Chronicles go way back. I think it's about time I reread them again.

Feywriter said...

Yay for Writer Appreciation Week!

I've always admired Melanie Rawn. There are some sequels I'd love to read, but she doesn't write the stories she isn't ready to tell. I think that's why every single book I've read of hers has been a favorite. When she writes one, she writes it good.

And I have to thank Robin McKinley, for The Blue Sword was my introduction to Fantasy, and I've loved the genre ever since.

A shout out to all the writers I interact with online. There are some very talented writers here, and I appreciate the communities that have been formed.

kristycolley said...

My appreciation is to my crit partners! I think I get to read and work with such an incredibly talented bunch of writers.
Not to mention, they seem to *get* my voice, and that is priceless!
Bless 'em!

cristyburne said...

A big Something Nice to horror writer Alexander Gordon Smith for letting me (an adult) attend his terrific workshop on "horror writing for children", which was actually a workshop on horror writing, for children. (whoops). It was a great workshop and he's an energetic and talented writer, and very inspiring... Cheers and thanks!

sex scenes at starbucks said...

I want to thank every single writer who submits to Electric Spec. We love reading your stories and what we do isn't possible without you.

Also, thx to Stuart for about a million things, and to my crit group: Lesley, Adrienne, Rebecca, and Dave. Awesome writers, all. You're my tribe and I love ya!

Precision Grace said...

I'd like to say a big official Thank you to Sarah Pinborough a writer I got to know via Twitter and who turned out to be one of the nicest, loveliest people I've ever met. I cannot believe someone that nice can come up with all those horrid plots in her horror books but that just goes to show you cannot judge the book by it's dust jacket.

Also, since I'm really a 'happy ending' kinda gal at heart, I'd like to thank Sarah in advance for switching over to YA (which, I hope will have happy ending, unlike her scary but very gripping horror books)

KeMari said...

I'm not going to go with the famous writers because there are some great not-yet-published writers that deserve some thanks, at least from me.

I have some the most amazing writer friends. They are not only supportive of my writing and each other, but who also inspire me to greatness, not just in writing but in life.

So thank you to Nina, Alegra, Tomara and Tomi for being amazing writers, but also amazing friends.

I plugged their blogs below as my shout out to them:

Alegra's Blog: Eros-Alegra Clarke

Nina's Blog: Blog It Out, B****

Tomara's Blog: This, That...The Other Thing

Tomi's Blog: Media, Motherhood & Mayhem

Also, I'd like to thank Nathan for always having an awesome, honest blog.

Georgia McBride said...

Thanks, Nathan for always offering insightful, professional and well-written information for writers to digest. You are a talented writer--so take credit! Additionally, you always seem to find a positive way to say whatever needs to be said even if the opinion you offer is a negative one. For that, I thank you.

Moving on, I'd like to thank Judy Blume, Maya Angelou, William Golding and J.D. Salinger for sparking my imagination as a teen. Later, Bram Stoker and Anne Rice for introducing me to the most interesting vampires.

And now to my colleagues who don't always get along or agree. Wishing all much success-
Georgia McBride

Dawn said...

Didn't Roald Dahl write James and the Giant Peach? I was so disturbed by that ... because of how sticky it would have been inside that thing.
Thank you to all the writers who have made me laugh, weep, cheer, and hide under the covers over the years.

jimnduncan said...

I'd like to thank Tracy Madison, a lovely and talented writer, whose perseverence helps keep my own going. Also, all of those in my local RWA chapter, a great bunch of supportive, inspiring writers, who have helped me keep pushing along. And finally, my grandmother, whose writing (published 3 mystery novels while she was alive) got me started down this long road 28 years ago.

And thanks to Nathan of course for being so pro-writer and supportive of our efforts in general, and for thinking enough of my writing to take me on as a client! /Cheer! to all of you.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to thank the late Theodore "Dr. Suess" Geisel for showing me at a young age that books can be fun and significant. And for doing the same to my daugther who fell in love with my Dr. Suess collection and now, at seven years old, has a bigger book collection than most adults I know.


D.D. Scott said...

Hello, Nathan!

D. D. Scott here!

Thanks go first to you, Nathan. Your compassion for writers shows in each and every blog post.

And as for "saying something nice about a writer" and keeping my post from becoming novel length...LOL! it goes...

Perhaps better than any other profession I've been in (and trust me...I've covered quite a few figuring out what the heck I'm meant to be when I grow up...besides thinner...), writers "get" Paying It Forward.

Unlike the corporate world where it's often who can cut whose throat the quickest and better yet without them even knowing they're bleeding for a strategic day or two, writers pay it forward. We're always looking not just behind us for the new kids on the journey. But looking to each side of us and in front of us to keep us all on our way to success - one book at a time.

Thanks for being one of our true champions, Nathan!

Sexy, Sassy Smart Say Something Nice or Shut-Up Wishes --- D. D. Scott

Boni Ashburn said...

I just finished reading the two Penderwicks books. Jeanne Birdsall, thank you for making me feel like I was nine again and reading Little Women on a warm, summery day. Lovely.

Robert McGuire said...

Blessed are the freshman composition teachers.

Rick Daley said...

Nathan was kind enough to respond to an interview request for The Public Query Slushpile, it's posted here.

WORD VERIFICATION: redness. Too easy, I'm sitting out this round. Gimme something obscure.

Jeni_Decker said...

Something nice about a writer:

David Sedaris is my go-to guy when I'm depressed and need to laugh. I can read his books over and over and never tire of them.

And continue to laugh out loud.

I appreciate knowing I can pick up one of his books and will NEVER be disappointed.

Thank you Mr. Sedaris!


Natasha Solomons said...

There are several writers whom I read whenever I think I've finished a draft, and realise that I need to be better:

Seamus Heaney - I am awed by the fluidity of his language. His metaphors have a remarkable physicality: 'the earthed lightening of a flock of swans/ their feathers roughed and ruffling, white on white.' Ooh. I just got a shiver.

Nathan Englander. I am an Englander evangelist - this remarkable writer who tells stores that are so sad they should be unbearable and yet have such humour that I can't stop reading even as I cry.

Siri Hustvedt. Brilliant. Gracious to new writers, and as I embark upon my first literary romance, I read her novels, where she effortlessly combines the erotic with the profound.

Jane Austen. Those things in life that are so terrible that they can't be healed by reading JA while a chicken roasts in the oven are beyond redemption.

Miriam said...

Giant thanks to my Will Write For Cake Friends, a bunch of the most talented and creative writers I know! I am so grateful for your feedback, enthusiasm, endless optimism, and that unfaltering expectation that I can write something worth reading every two weeks!

Kimberly J. Smith said...

There are way too many authors who have influenced me over the years to list, but I want to say a special thank you to one particular writer who has made an extra impact on me and my writing:

Author of two of my favorite all time YA books ever: Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of LIfe and A Mango Shaped Space -- I bawled my eyes out over both -- Wendy Mass.

Wendy knows why. I want to thank her for believing in me and inspiring me with her own amazing voice.

kathrynjankowski said...

Thanks first to you, Nathan, for giving us a place to share.

I'll second Shelli's thanks to Verla Kay. Verla's a generous, friendly gal whose website is a boon to writers.

I'd also like to thank Tekla White, a writer and Northern California SCBWI regional coordinator, who works tirelessly to help children's writers.

Susan Cooper, Patricia McKilip, Terry Pratchett, Kristin Cashore, Suzanne Collins, for creating worlds of wonder.

reader said...

I would like to thank every English teacher I've ever had. Who knows how many of them secretly wanted to be writers, or were working on ms that never sold?

Yet, there they were, in every class, opening those books and teaching me to love language and ideas and characters. God bless English teachers.

Serenity said...

I heart Anne Dayton and May Vanderbilt. They were the first writer blog I followed, and they are so faithful to their blog, so consistent, and such a great writing team. Same goes for Nathan, of course. This is an A-freakin-mazing resource for writers, and you add to it every day. In other blogging thanks - I really love Heather at She kind of paved the way for personal writing online that actually reaches out and touches people.

So many authors I could think by name, but trying to slug through my first novel right now makes me admire every single person who's done this. It takes guts and very often (or at least sometimes) it adds something to the world. And I'm grateful.

Mira said...

That was a cool interview with Nathan at the Slushpile, Rick D. That was great of you to do that, Nathan.

So, books helped me get through my childhood, no question whatsoever. I don't know how I would have made it without them. Tolkien especially. I will always be deeply grateful.

And I am so lucky to have my writing group, and my writing buddies I'm meeting on the blogs. The support and feedback is wonderful.

Congratulations, btw, to Natalie and Jim Duncan! That is incredible news, and I'm very happy for both of you, as well as Nathan for getting some great clients.

Well, I'm happy for you, but unfortunately, I will now need to hate you on principle, of course. Sorry in advance. Hope you don't mind.

Amanda Cobb said...

I would like to thank the Austin Writer's Group for fostering such a healthy discussion and critique atmosphere, and for helping me achieve more confidence in my own writing.

I would also like to thank Steven Brust, one of my favorite authors. With one first line ("No shit, there I was.") he got me hooked into one of the most unique, sarcasm-filled and intrigue-packed fantasy universes I've ever come across. This in turn led me to his other work, which is equally unique and enjoyable to read. Hats off to you, Mr. Brust!

tamarak said...

Thank you, Boni Ashburn, for your blog. I love what you say and how you say it.

The picture book world is better b/c you're in it.

Nate said...

Nathan, not only do we share a first name, a common home area (you're from Colusa and I'm from Marysville), and a favorite author (read everything Roald Dahl's I could get ahold of as a kid, especially "James and the Giant Peach" multiple times), but he was also the only author I have ever, to this day, written a fan letter to (he didn't answer me either). I was inspired to write him by his outstanding story "The Hitchhiker" from the "Henry Sugar" short story collection. I still remember how sad I felt when I learned he died in 1990 or so.

I usually only lurk here, Nathan, but this confluence of circumstances calls for a comment! :)

Anonymous said...

Along similar lines, I got a post from my local SCBWI's listserv about a "random acts of publicity week". The idea is to write reviews to help promote your fellow writers. Here's the link: (

Eden Bradley said...

I want to thank author Christine London for pointing me to your blog today-and I'd like to thank you for this weeks' blog!
I've had incredible support from my fellow writers, published and unpublished. Some of the most important the last few years have been: R.G. Alexander, Lilli Feisty, Crystal Jordan and Gemma Halliday.
I also must thank all the writers at Romance Divas for the incomparable sense of community I find there. They save me daily from the isolation intrinsic in this kind of work.

Genella deGrey said...

My new critique partner is a multi-pubbed romance author. Among her many gifts, she possesses an exceptional talent when it comes to drawing out the emotions of her readers. (BTW, Nathan - She's in the market for an agent at the moment.)

I was humbled, not to mention floored when she asked me if we could be CP's.

So here's to all the pros that take a newbie under their wing!


Ink said...

I want to thank my wife, of course, poet and soulmate extraordinaire! Hey, what can you say about love?

Lori Benton said...

Thank you Diana Gabaldon and all the writers, pubbed and unpubbed, that hang out at the Books & Writers Community, and have done for over twenty years, always ready to encourage and instruct fellow writers and answer obscure research questions.

And thank you J.R.R. Tolkien, for your incredible world of Middle Earth, and for inspiring me to write again in my early twenties. Can't wait to talk to you!

And thank you Stephen Lawhead, for introducing me to a lifelong passion for Celtic history. I have talked to you, and thanked you personally. You were both encouraging and gracious.

Alexa said...

Lovely idea Nathan.

Thanks to Sarah Dessen for writing The Truth about Forever, that book will always hold a special place in my heart.

Thanks to Diana Peterfreund for making me laugh and cry with the SSG series and now creating killer Unicorns!

Thanks to Joelle Anthony for letting me read the amazing Restoring Harmony before it comes out next summer and for being the first person to ever tell me I should try writing a book.

And to all the other writers published and not who keep me enthralled in the worlds you create.

Rachel said...

I'd love to say nice things about writers, as the best of them have made me a better person. So, to Charles Dickens, if you read this from heaven, thank you for teaching me to be patient, humble, and good.

And to Sarah Maclean, thanks for showing we can have great Regency novels today!!

Anonymous said...

I have to echo the Melanie Rawn comment. The Dragon Prince series is still one of my favorites. Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist, Jim Butcher...the world would not be the same without them.

And, of course, all writer's and critique groups...we are all here to inspire each other.

Anonymous said...

I have to echo the Melanie Rawn comment. The Dragon Prince series is still one of my favorites. Robert Jordan, Raymond Feist, Jim Butcher...the world would not be the same without them.

And, of course, all writer's and critique groups...we are all here to inspire each other.

Rachel Starr Thomson said...

My thanks to Karen Hancock ("The Enclave"), George Bryan Polivka ("Blaggard's Moon"), and Michael Phillips (The Stonewycke Legacy), all published writers who have said very nice things about my writing when they certainly didn't have to. It's terribly encouraging to be complimented by those who have trod the path before me. And to Amy Carmichael, better known for her life than for her writings, for leaving such life-changing letters behind.

Finally, thanks, Nathan. I'm loving this week :).

Dara said...

I want to thank all the writers I talk with in the two critique groups I'm part of--they've helped me improve my own writing in many ways.

And to all writers out there who spend hours and hours working at their craft, developing stories that take us away to the farthest parts of our imagination--thank you!

Laura Renegar said...

Ellen Miles, I'd like to thank you for writing The Puppy Place series. My daughter read her first one in kindergarten and has loved chapter books ever since. Thanks for writing animal books where the animals don't die. :)

Thanks Nathan. You rock.

Sissy said...

Words are so important, and anyone who can put them down on paper should be congratulated. I do have favorites, of course.

Greg Iles can spin a great mystery.

Sarah Dessen...any girl who has lost her father can relate to The Truth About Forever.

Lynne Reid Banks combines history, humor, magic and mystery in The Indian in the Cupboard.

Gertrude Chandler Warner teaches us that kids can do anything in The Boxcar Children.

If you haven't read Jane In Bloom by Deborah Lytton, you're missing out. If you have a teenage daughter, it's a must.

Jodi Picoult. Nineteen Minutes. Enough said.

Hopefully, someday, someone will read my yet to be published book and think of me.

Biddy said...

I'd like to thank the lovely writers at the Romantic Novelists' Association. They give wonderful support to unpublished writers through the New Writers Scheme. Every year unpublished members get the chance to send in a manuscript which is read by a published author.

I'd also like to thank the lovely Julie Cohen and Anna Louise Lucia for being excellent critique partners and awesome friends. Oh and you should buy their books because they are brilliant.

And writing wise I'd like to thank Dorothy L Sayers, Douglas Adams, Enid Blyton and L.M.Montgomery for all the books of my childhood and teenage years.

ryan field said...

I'd like the thank all the writers who contributed to an anthology I did last spring. They were wonderful, professional, and made my life much easier.

Tony Wards
R. Wilde
Randy Buck
Jenyphr Rashad
N. Vasco
Roxanne Rhoads
Hobert Glasse
Shanna Gardener
S.R. North
Christian Graziedella

Mark Terry said...

For Erica Orloff, for her great blog and friendship.

For Rick Riordan for blurbing my first novel.

For Joe Konrath, for great advice that I don't always follow.

For David Morrell, who reviewed The Devil's Pitchfork so kindly.

For Gayle Lynds and Tess Gerritsen and Joe Moore and John Ramsey Miller and James Rollins and James Grady and Paul Levine, all who have blurbed my books or my upcoming books.

For Stephen King, who inadvertently got me into this writing gig in the first place.

Mira said...

So, I just can't let it pass. I tried. I tried really, really hard. I thought to myself: it was deliberate, let it go. There are scratch marks on my desk, trying to stop my fingers from typing. I caved. Obviously.

Nathan, I so get that you'd like to thank your clients, but what about the rest of us???

Like, er, me for example I'm talented and hard-working. Okay, you used another word, I'm sort of blocking that one here, but two out of three isn't bad.

So, I guess you don't have to feel lucky to be working with me, but I can't for the life of me imagine why you wouldn't.

Oh, I also want to take a moment to appreciate you, Nathan, as a writer. I've noticed that I'm mimicing some of your rhythm of writing essays posts on my blog. It wasn't deliberate, and it's not plagerism, or anything, but you have a very good writing pace and voice, that I've integrated. I appreciate that alot.

So, I will say that I'm lucky to be working with you, even if it is for now, and maybe always will be, at mega-long distance through the blog posts. Still valuable.

Peter Wallace said...

Enjoying your blog and your Twitter feed, Nathan!

I'd like to pay tribute to Michael Chabon, who has written some spectacular books but who is also just the nicest guy, a real mensch.

Through a mail-list many years ago I got to know him while he was working on Kavalier & Clay. Ultimately he asked me to read his ms. and give him any feedback, which was a huge honor and pleasure for me (and I'm sure that's what helped him nab that Pulitzer). We've kept in touch over the years since.

Michael has encouraged me tremendously in my own writing, and even gave me a great blurb for my latest book of Christian spirituality--Connected: You and God in the Psalms--even though he is an agnostic Jew! That's the kind of guy he is.

Here's to Michael Chabon!

--Peter Wallace

Sarah Laurenson said...

Oh my.

Writers made my childhood wonderful every time I opened a book and escaped into the pages. The stuff of dreams, hope, excitement, fantasy, love, grief - all there for me to enjoy, get lost in, identify with, relish. I cannot express enough thanks to those who write, especially knowing this business as I do now.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to give a shout out to David Baldacci, for always being incredibly gracious at his book signings and drawing a picture of a cat in one of his books, for a very homesick kid away at summer camp.

Anonymous said...

Sarah Rees Brennan is a wonderful writer. She is doubly awesome because she gives out free books to her fans once a month.

Anonymous said...

Too many favorites!

So I'd like to thank me.

Thank you, self, for not giving up, even though a decade has passed since you began.

You're not a bad kid. Keep working hard. But have some fun, as well, okay?

May it all pay off soon. I think you deserve it.

Anna said...

Thanks to Amy Tan, John Irving, Richard Brautigan, Joseph Grizone, and Colleen McCullogh for writing words that opened my mind.

And to all those whom I've met in recent days along this writing way...

Kristi Faith said...

I have to agree with the millions of previous posts, you, Nathan, are a great gift to the writers' world. It's awesome to see you, and other agents, become an integral part of the process of publishing as a whole. Thanks for that!

I have one particular writing partner who has been a blessing. She has been more than encouragement and some critiques; she's become a friend that I treasure. Thanks, Gin!

Also, thank you Stephen Cosgrove-your magic with words is something I have treasured since the first book my aunt read to me, Serendipity.

Thanks to my writer friends at Writer's Retreat-without all of them, I would have given up a long time ago.


Bane of Anubis said...

Not that he needs it, but thank GRRM for writing the best fantasy series I've ever read -- now get hoppin on finishing it ;)

As for Roald Dahl, my current WIP is kind of like THE BFG, only darker :)

Bane of Anubis said...

And Nathan, though you may have killed Mr. Dahl, I think it's awesome that you were writing fan mail to an author (and not an athlete, though you were probably doing that, too) as a 5th grader.

Amy said...

Okay - here goes...

I would like to thank Jen Lancaster for making me laugh and for writing with honesty.

I would like to thank Amy Tan for writing JOY LUCK CLUB, a book I've read over and over.

Stephen King for writing all the books I read growing up.

And Nathan Bransford for updating his blog daily and keeping us writers informed and connected.

Novice Writer Anonymous said...

I'll thank all the writers who inspired me. Jasper Fforde, C.S. Lewis, Charles Dickens, Tamora Pierce, and whoever wrote "The Saddle Club" books. Oh, and Carolyn Keene for the Nancy Drew series. And the author of the Boxcar Children series. And whoever wrote "TeeVee Humphrey" and "Champion Dog Prince Tom" because those were the first two books I ever read.

And I want to thank Nathan for his incredible blog.

Yat-Yee said...

Nathan! You killed Roald Dahl and they still let you work in publishing?

Thanks to Rick Riordan and Suzanne Collins for their exciting, fresh, funny, heart-breaking worlds.

Thanks to Chris Crutcher and Laurie Halse Anderson for their honest and compassionate portrayal of teens and their lives.

Thanks to all the writers I meet in cyberspace. Y

Jeni_Decker said...

Went out for the daily walk and RTV ride with the kids/dogs and felt guilty for not mentioning (in addition to Mr.Sedaris) the others who have shaped my world, so...

Edward Albee
Augusten Burroughs
Oscar Wilde
John Rechy
Felice Picano (how could I have NOT read Ambidextrous and The Lure until this year?!)
Anne Rice
Stephen King

And all of my 'real' writer friends at for all of the invaluable editorial advice and friendship.
(Dill, Corra, Kat Nove, Odin, Flo, Mike...)

Ah, guilt assuaged.

bethanyintexas said...

I like this idea.

First off, I'd like to thank my mother (yes, she's a writer, she writes poetry and has had them published in a small volume) because she pushed me and believed in me even when I was scared to move.

I'd like to thank my best friend Sarah (she's done some murder mystery writing and children's book writing, although unpublished so far) for everything.

To Tessy Grillo for her great critiques and encouragement.

To CS Lewis for making me think.

To Laura Childs for being so sweet and writing such fun "cozies".

To Stephenie Meyer for "The Twilight" Saga which reminded me how much I love fantasy and paranormal novels.

To Ciara Gold for getting me to like futuristic work and for being so sweet.

To Georgette Heyer for witty, witty Regency Romances. (Gotta love "The Grand Sophy").

To Jane Austen for "Pride & Prejudice"

To Charles Dickens for "A Tale Of Two Cities" (one of the best classics I've read thus far) and "A Christmas Carol" (fond childhood memories of that book).

To Lynn Kurland for introducing me through her novels to time travel novels and to the de Piagets and MacLeods.

To Nicholas Sparks for "A Walk To Remember" (both the novel and the movie). One of the sweetest stories I ever read.

There's a ton more, but that was off the top of my head. (Oh great, I rhymed, how cheesy was that? LOL).

Nikki Hootman said...

Ray Bradbury - When I was about 13, someone gave me a signed paperback of Something Wicked This Way comes, and for the first time in my life I knew I was not alone.

Malanie said...

Great idea, Nathan!

I have watched Stephenie Meyers take quite a few hits from the writing community, and I would like to say, I personally fell in love with Edward, and the Cullens.

Normally, I would never read a book that included vampires or wolves, and I bought it only to see what all the hype was about with NO intention of liking it.

Twilight was the first book I have ever read in one day. So, job well done Ms. Meyers!

abc said...

Thank you, Philip Pullman for the His Dark Materials Trilogy which is one of the most beautiful, amazing works of literature I have ever read.

Thank you, David Sedaris, for existing and bringing me to tears with your perfect humor.

Thank you writers of the Wire, Mad Men, Deadwood, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad, Battlestar Gallactica, the Office, 30 Rock, and Gilmore Girls for your total awesomeness!

Thanks, Nathan, for being so cool and entertaining and super duper helpful.

Ulysses said...

A thanks to John Scalzi, K.K. Rusch, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, Tim Powers, U.K. Leguin and everyone else who has written a fantasy or science fiction novel. You've taken me to places that don't exist and used them to show me a larger world. You've inspired me to love stories and to love the words that make them. You've also inspired me to add my own words, and it is my hope that they will do some credit to their inspiration.

Kristin Laughtin said...

Scott O'Dell, you captivated me as a child.

Robert Charles Wilson, Mary Doria Russell, and Kurt Vonnegut: you are all geniuses.

Rebecca Knight said...

What a wonderful thing! Thank you for facilitating this, Nathan :).

Ray Bradbury: Thank you for teaching me what kind of writer I'd like to be!

Louisa May Alcott: Thank you for writing Little Women. I cried for hours when.. well, you know.. and Jo will forever be my hero.

George R. R. Martin: Thank you for traumatizing me with that one scene in The Song of Ice & Fire. I've never been so horrified by something I've read, and I love that your writing could evoke such a strong reaction. Kudos! I want to be you when I grow up!

J. R. R. Tolkien: Thank you for making me fall head over heels for Fantasy!

J. M. Barrie: Thank you for Peter Pan! My world would be completely different without that book (and far less magical.)

Anonymous said...

You mentioned writing to Roald Dahl. I wrote to Jean M. Auel in junior high but the school took care of the address finding. She is the author of the amazing Earth's Children series. I'd love to write her again. How does one find author addresses for authors with no internet presence?

Other Lisa said...

There are too many writers I've read over too many years who've given me great pleasure and inspiration, and I have a terrible memory for lists of any sort, so I'm just going to thank the amazing members of my online writing group, the Lurking Novelists, and novelists Jeff Abbott and T. Jefferson Parker, for being incredibly helpful, supportive folks (and great writers too!).

Aubrey (AKA Stacey) said...

To all of my author friends. Thank you for being so amazing.

To Julie Berry. Thank you for being such an inspiration and such a kind and wonderful person.

To Janette Rallison. Thank you for teaching me so much about myself and my writing and believing in me. It has helped my confindence that my story is worth writing.

To Dani Mackell. Your dream inspired me more than anything could have. You have given me a hope that will never let go of me. And that is priceless.

L.H. Parker said...

Here is a shout out to Kara. kara, You're creative and talented and a great writer. Keep them coming!

Lis Garrett said...

To Stephen King - thanks for scaring the shite out of my eleven-year-old self with Salem's Lot and forever turning me in to a vampire/paranormal junkie. And thanks to Charlaine Harris, P.C. and Kristen Cast, and Stephenie Meyer for making vampires a lot more sexy and a little less scary (and for just being entertaining).

To Barbara Kingsolver and Toni Morrison - I can only aspire to write half as good as each of you.

JK Rowling, you got me through some all-night nursing marathons as a new mom. Haven Kimmel, you made me laugh more than once. And cry.

Philip Pullman, L.M. Montgomery, Tolkien, Michener . . . y'all are awesome.

And THANK YOU to all my writer friends who read my works-in-progress and tell me the truth.

Maripat said...

I'd love to say thanks to Ruth Chew, author of the children's book, "The Witch's Buttons." That was one of the first books I read that had fantasy set in our own reality. To a seven year old kid that hated to read--and only did so because my third grade teacher made me--that book was like magic. (It certainly made me wonder if my teacher was part troll.) I read that book so many times, it finally fell apart years later.

Sarah Erber said...

NATHAN ~ Thank you for keeping this blog up and running!

I would really like to say thank you to published author, Clare B. Dunkle. You've taken the time to write to me multiple times, when I was beginning my writing journey. You've been my role model, and I appreciate your encouragement for me to keep writing!


Kristi said...

I can't list all the authors who have impacted me without taking up a vast amount of space, so I'll just thank everyone who has dedicated their life to the art of writing.

I would like to thank the fabulous women writers in my various critique groups - you're all awesome!

Last but not least is a big thanks to Nathan for his tireless generosity in helping out the newbies. You are very appreciated.

Tricia J. O'Brien said...

The list of published authors who've inspired me is too many to list, so I will mention the incredible bloggers who've made being a writer an absolute delight. It began with the sadly, now-shuttered Book Roast, and has continued with Suzanne, Angela, Tabitha, Robyn, Shelli, Shelley, Tess, Lady Glamis, Davin, Scott, Mel, Rick, Beth, Yat-Yee, Karen, Megan, Michelle, Andrea, Corey, Dave, PJ, Ben and, what is really astonishing, many more. I can't believe my good fortune to have met so many talented, supportive people. Thanks, Nathan, for letting me say thanks.

Margaret Yang said...

Yes. This. What they said.

Matilda McCloud said...

I also adored Roald Dahl...and have wonderful memories of reading his books when I was a kid.

I would like to thank author Hilma Wolitzer who went out to dinner with my creative writing class at college and took us seriously. I think I was also inspired by her very real, but funny novels.

Suzan Harden said...

Thank you to Colleen Thompson and CHristie Craig, my Yoda and Obi-Wan, two published authors who took a wannabe under their wings.

And thanks to L. Frank Baum who started me on the path of reading the "big kids" book, much to the chagrin of the school librarian...

:)Ash said...

First, I have to thank all of the writers who have encouraged me along the way, including the beautiful and talented women in my critique group.

I also have to thank Verla Kay. The Blue Boards truly help children's book writers in so many ways. Whether I just need encouragement, or need to know about the response times of a particular editor, I go to the Blue Boards first.

Judy Blume. You're fabulous. Your books have inspired me since I was a little girl.

And yes, Roald Dahl. His imaginative tales have hooked children for years.

And of course, I have to give a shout out to the Nathan Bransford blog readers! The comments are often really helpful!

Dharma Kelleher said...

I want to thank Lawrence Block. When I was a teenager, he wrote the Fiction column for Writers Digest. He also showed me how to include humor in an otherwise serious subject with his Bernie Rhodenbarr series.

Kim said...

I love AE Cannon, Martine Leavitt, and Carol Lynch Williams. They are incredibly talented writers, with that perfect blend of literary writing and really great story telling.

Steve Axelrod said...

Still thinking bout John Fowles, a few days after finishing The French Lieutenant's Woman. He wrote a brilliant essay ten years ago, treating his personality as a private club, "to which I belong, for my sins." The members were always at odds, including "one fathead who fancies himself a novelist. Another pretends to be a feminist. I'd like to see him just once with a duster or an iron in his hand ... We are truly an unspeakably futile shambles. I honestly shall resign if they don't watch out. I've always hated men's clubs anyway."

Fowles was my primary connection to the world of letters, to the uses of imagination and the use of words. I learned to write by reading him and struggled to follow him as best I could. Sometimes I heard his voice in mine strongly, but it didn't make me feel feel puny and deriviative ... though of course I was. It just felt good. It made the monkey happy: I see, I do. Something about the way he would anchor an anecdote so precisely in time and place, giving memory an almost hallucinatory vividness: "We went straight to the front ... This is early in 1915. It sleeted and rained incessantly."
Or: "I still loved, or at any rate still practised, music. I had the big Pleyel harpsichord I use here in our Paris flat. One warm day in Spring, it would have been in 1920, I was playing by chance with the windows open, when the bell rang."

So when I write lines like "I first saw your mother on the Malibu Colony beach, just before lunch on the morning of June 17, 1956. She was playing volleyball, wearing a blue, one-piece Jantzen bathing suit with a little skirt. I fell in love absolutely and permanently at that moment." I feel that heavy, subby-fingered hand on my shoulder. As if I've become him for one sparkling moment, slipping into the foyer of the club before the doorman chases me out. Maybe it's the way Bernstein felt channelling Beethoven in the first bars of "There's a Place For us." Which may be why I feel like part of the writer in me died when he did. It might have been the best part; it was certainly my favorite.

I met Fowles in the summer of 1972. I was in England and determined to have some kind of physical contact with the man who loomed so large in the life of my mind. I found his house in Lyme Regis (everyone knew where he lived, he was the town celebrity) and was lucky enough to discover that he had known my father during his days in Hollywood. There is a stong family resemblance and his delighted "Not George's son?" was my ticket to a long aftenoon drinking St Pauli Girl beer and touring the Undercliff. I wrote to him occasionally after that and always got a response. Some were chiding, as when he told me not to attempt a novel until I was thirty, adding, "I know that's a red rag to the American go-getting bull," and at other times startlingly complimentary as when he called my analysis of the godgame aspects of The French Lieutenant's Woman "shrewd." I was giddy for days. "Fowles thinks I'm shrewd," I would tell anyone I came across, including a cop who stopped me for speeding and a group of Chinese tourists who spoke no English. They nodded and smiled, though. That was enough for me.

Of course I could never really be a member of the club, though I imagined myself on the waiting list from time to time. But it was like the great museums in New York. You might not step inside The Metropolitan or the Modern for years, but it's good to know they're there.The city would be a different place without them; and a far shabbier one. And that last sentence, with its syncopated emphasis and deftly placed semi-colon, is pure John Fowles, making the derivative divine for a moment, as his spirit moves in the blood and the synapses of his most devoted student.

The JR Fowles club was a landmark, an institution and an inspiration.
It's been closed for almost two years now. There's a For Sale sign on the building but a light burns all night, every night in one of the windows on the top floor. Maybe someone is still reading. I know I am.

ninjamom6 said...

I'd like to thank Janet Evanovich, for successfully combining action, adventure, romance and comedy in her Stephanie Plum series. If she can straddle those genre lines, so can we!

And J.K. Rowling, who convinced me that a single mom can actually write novels, despite any opposition.

Scott said...

I'd like to thank . . .

Guy Gavriel Kay for Tigana and The Fionavar Tapestry.

Lucy M. Montgomery for Anne of Green Gables

Stephanie Kallos for Broken for You

Harper Lee for To Kill a Mockingbird

Rick Daley for The Public Query Slushpile blog.

And, a big thanks to all my aspiring writer blogging and Facebook friends. You make it real and you make me know I'm not alone in this crazy writing adventure I'm (we're) on.

wonderer said...

To Chris Baty, who founded NaNoWriMo - a crazy, joyous month in which writing comes before everything else and there is no time for self-doubt. If and when I get published, it will be because of you.

To Holly Lisle, for being so generous in sharing advice. I've learned so much from you, even though we've never spoken.

To the authors who, early on, shaped the writer I've become: Tolkien, Lewis, Wrede, McCaffrey, Roddenberry, Le Guin, Monica Hughes, L.M. Montgomery, and many, many more.

To my more recent discoveries, who give me something to strive towards: Ondaatje for the language, Bujold for the emotion and plotting and twists on old ideas, Elizabeth Bear for being gritty and heartbreaking and sensawunda-evoking at the same time, China Mieville for his prodigious imagination and worldbuilding, Neil Gaiman for the "You can do that?!" factor, Guy Gavriel Kay for the complexity of his stories and for showing me how to steal from history.

To the members of my critique group and to the Sporkers, amazing writers all: thank you. You mean the world to me, as a writer and as a person.

Sarah said...

Great post, Nathan! I feel like I should get all fluttery and misty-eyed like an Oscar winner does.

I'd like to thank:

C.S. Lewis for my first trip to Narnia when I was 7.

L. M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott for creating heroines that felt like my own friends.

Jane Austen, because I still think Persuasion is one of the most romantic stories I've read.

Terry Pratchett. Don't even get me started about how great Diskworld is.

And the Slushbusters! You guys are an awesome critique group. Thanks for ruthless feedback and heartening encouragement.

Anonymous said...

To people who write nasty Amazon reviews: You're sometimes very funny.

Jess Haines said...

I'd like to thank Patricia Briggs for answering a fan letter I sent her long ago. Her work and kind words truly inspired me.

Joann said...

Thank you, Stephen King, for this little gem: "If you can do it for the joy, you can do it forever." I get that.

And thanks for the reminder that it's all about telling a good story.

Oh, and all the fabulous books. Those are great too.


Okay Nathan, great idea...since I read so many Young Adult books, I'd like to thank a couple of writers that make reading fun for me -
-Simone Elkeles from Perfect Chemistry
-Maggie Stiefvater from Shiver
-Jose Saramago (Even though he's not YA)from Blindness
-Jennifer Brown from Hate List
-Suzanne Collins from The Hunger Games
-E. Van Lowe from Never Slow Dance With A Zombie
-Becca Fitzpatrick from Hush,Hush

I truly love all these writers since they are so talented and actually very kindhearted...they were very sweet when I interviewed some of them :)


chelle said...

My thanks go to Van Reid, Connie
Willis, and Terry Pratchett. I've spent wonderful hours in their books.

iamfrightenedtoo said...

thank you R L Stine, and Shel Silverstien for making me want to read as a kid.

thank you Chuck Palahniuk, and Douglas Adams for making me want to write.

and then thank me, because well why not. i am a writer you are writers we all deserve to be thanked.

Jen P said...

Thank you to the writers and illustrators who create such wonderful books at Usborne for pre-school children - Heather Amery and Stephen Cartwright - you give my three daily enjoyment, education, and a passion for books that I hope will remain with them as they grow and become independent book readers and lovers.

SelenaRobins said...

I'd like to thank: Jane Austen, Harper Lee, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Judy Blume....there are so many to thank.

Rick Mofina, who is so gracious and humble at his booksignings and never hesitates to offer advice to writers.

My agent and his whole staff, they are supportive and always give you news with a smile...even when it's not so good news, but they do it with professionalism and encouragement.

And I really appreciate all the wonderful writers I've met online and in person, we are a unique bunch, I think than any other art form, because there's always someone there to lift you up when you're down or to give solid advice.

I appreciate ALL writers, it takes a lot of guts to not only finish a book, but to put yourself out there for the world to see.

Thank you, Nathan, for your blog, tips and one liners!

MCR said...

Thanks to all those writers - living and dead - that have allowed me to live thousands of parallel lives since 1973.

So many to single out, but special mentions for F.Scott Fitzgerald, Roald Dahl, Dodie Smith, Raymond Carver, A.S. Byatt, Alan Garner, Margaret Atwood, Dan Simmons, Philip Reeve.

Your stories have enriched my life.

Literary Cowgirl said...

I'd like to say nice things about so many writers. I'd like to thank Martin Godfrey (now passed) for speaking to my school when I was young. Until then, I didn't know a person could be a writer for a living. I'd love to thank Mordecai Richler for all the wonderful books he wrote (I've read them all, even the essays), and Daniel Richler for taking a few minutes to speak to me and sign my copy of "Kicking Tomorrow" when I was about 17, and later sending me his adress via his publisher (on hotel stationary from Israel) when I asked for it to send a thank you letter. Meeting him was a MAJOR moment in my life. I'd also like to thank Annie Proulx. I despaired that my writing didn't have a market, until I discovered her.

And finally, I'd like to say something about Peter Morin (who will hopefully be published in the near future). He turned me on to Cormac McCarthy, kicks my ass and calls me out on anything I write, works very hard to promote other up and coming writers, and is a very dedicated and entertaining writer himself. He's also a great cheerleader, and if you see him lurking around Authonomy (or any of the other groups he belongs to), be sure to say hi. You'll be glad you did, because he's pretty damn funny. Heck, thanks to everyone I met lurking around Autho who gave me a hand. I can't wait to buy your books.

Scott said...

Thank you A. A. Milne. You inspired my first toy and my interest in writing at the tender age of two.

Amber Argyle-Smith said...

I'd like to thank David Farland. He's a big shot, but at the same time he's pulling himself up, he's pulling fellow writers with him.

In addition to helping me, a vitrual nobody, his daily kicks newsletter has taught me much about the craft. All out of the goodness of his heart. You can sign up to receive his newletters on his website.

Marilyn Peake said...

I could write an extremely long post, as I’m thankful to so many authors, but I’ll name just a few and say something nice about them. (This post will still be quite long.)

First of all, a special thank you to Piers Anthony. He took the time to read my middle grade fantasy adventure novel, THE FISHERMAN’S SON, and to write a great review quote for it and mention it in his newsletter. He also corresponded with me for a while, a definite highlight in my writing career! He’s a dedicated advocate for authors, including many small press authors. He has novels published both by the big publishing houses and several small presses, and he keeps a section on his website where he reviews publishers.

Thank you to Sonny Whitelaw who had several novels published by my own publisher before writing official STARGATE novels. When that happened, she included my books along with the books of several STARGATE authors on a CD that was distributed at a convention where Sonny appeared with actors of the STARGATE show. Sonny’s also had photographs published by NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, and has some amazing photographs on her website. You rock, Sonny!

Thank you to Lisa McMann and Sandra Novack who, even with your wildly successful publishing careers, continue to communicate with and offer advice to the authors in our Zoetrope writers’ group.

Thank you to Sue Thurman, author, TV Producer and "Safari Sue" at the zoo. Thank you for your never-ending support, for contributing to my INSIDE SCOOP newsletter book, for your contagious enthusiasm and your wonderful writing!

Thank you to my wonderful online writer buddies, K.L. Nappier and Geoff Nelder for being wildly talented, always supportive and friendly.

And thank you to the wonderful authors on Nathan’s blog. I enjoy the discussions here immensely! Thank you to Lisa Brackmann for chatting with me on Twitter. I look forward to buying your book, ROCK PAPER TIGER, as soon as it’s published. It was great fun sharing the pages of BOOK: THE SEQUEL with Laura Martone. I’m fascinated by the world you created for your RUBY HOLLOW novel and wish you all the best in finding an agent and getting that book published, Laura!

3wmgt said...

Ira j boldea dynamic new arthur with a stunnig story to tell

capndeevers said...

Thank you Beverly Cleary. You know why.

Thank you Richard Russo, for writing books I just can't put down.

Thank you Gabriel Garcia Marquez for making me slow down as a reader and appreciate the words.

Thank you Chuck Palahniuk for making me actually feel something when reading (like, physically feel). I can only hope that my writing one day can have that effect on someone else.

Nick Kimbro said...

Mrs. Rikki Ducornet, your work is truly appreciated. Oh, but for the years between us!

And also Mister DFW. You are missed and cherished even in your absence.

Kathleen Elizabeth said...

I'd like to thank Stephenie Meyer for making me think "Damn, I could write better than that" and from that point on setting my sights on being a writer.

hopeandme said...

Nathan, I am still in the pack trailing behind - I want to be published. And I want someone like you to be my agent. As to writers week, I would like to thank all at my ANWA writing club, especially Marsha Ward. She is always so helpful and writes so well. Then I travel the cross country trip to James Patterson who keeps me awake at night and then puts me to sleep with all the lights on, and me cowering under the covers. Thank you. And again, Nathan, thank you for letting me leave my comment here for all to read.

Nett Robbens said...

Great post as always Nathan ...

I'd like to thank my 11th grade English teacher who told me to KEEP writing.

-Edgar Allan Poe, for penning words that are heard, seen and felt.

-And all the writers I've met who agonize over every word, phrase and em dash. They're awesome.

Wilkie said...

I'd like to thank Lloyd Alexander for my first crush on a fictional character (Taran) and writing the first fantasy series I fell in love with as a child. And of course I should thank my boyfriend for pursuing his writing dream- and all the other writers out there for persisting through such a tough field, to write us inspiring tales to move us all.

AdellBeek said...

I liked this post, and I bet your letter probably gave him peace in his last days.

Robena Grant said...

A big thank you to Jennifer Crusie for offering a hand of help in a time of need.
To Patricia Gaffney, thank you for your amazing achingly beautiful stories. I want to be you when I grow up.
Thank you Nathan for your generous spirit and this incredible blog.

Jeff said...

I'm pretty sure your letter was in his cold, stiff hand when they found him...

AM said...

I want to thank all of the writers who meet here each workday to offer each other encouragement and a sense of community.

I think that all of you are wonderful!


Kia said...

I'd like to thank L.M. Montgomery for creating a character of such inner beauty and vivacity. She may have been a gangly, pale, freckled redhead living in North America in another era and I a short, dark brunette an ocean and a lifetime away, but I felt we had so much in common. Through her I learnt the beauty of imagination - a true gift.

Lydia Sharp said...

Thanks to Joe Haldeman for understanding my need for humor in science fiction, and for influencing my writing in more ways than you know. And thanks for the prompt response to my email, Joe, even though it was a holiday weekend right before you had to pack up and leave town for a conference. That really made an impression on me.

Thanks to all the writers who volunteer their time on the Writer's Digest forum, and helped me see the (oh so many) errors of my early writing. I honestly don't want to think about where I'd be without you, especially Miss Liz.

Thanks to my husband, Joe Sharp, for being an awesome writer (and partner in crime). Your first novel (even though it's still collecting dust on a shelf somewhere, begging to be published) is what sparked my interest in writing again, so my current accomplishments would not have happened if you weren't in my life. Your creative talents are more extensive than I could ever dream of achieving, but I'm okay with just being mediocre compared to you. ;)

Rose said...

In his book Secret Weapons, Secret Agents Jacques Bergier (aka Verne) gives an account of his months in captivity. Verne was head of the Marco Polo underground network feeding information on Germany’s secret weapons to the Allies.

March 7th 1944 [at Neue Bremme]
According to the skeletons (who were all human beings quite recently) no one holds out for more than a fortnight in Neue Bremme. Most prisoners don't live longer than a week. The Camp Commandant informs me that as from tomorrow I am to receive special treatment. This seems to be the end of the road.

March 9th, 1944. Today they threw me into the pond and every time I came up for breath they hit me over the head with an iron bar. Theoretically I ought to be dead... If I survive - and nothing is impossible - the bill they're piling up here will be settled without mercy one day.

When they finally let me out of the pond I was taken to the washrooms and given a scalding hot shower. After that buckets of ice-cold water were thrown over me. It seems that the Camp Commandant has wagered a bottle of schnaps that I shan't hold out until the end of the week....

March 16th, 1944…By the way, I'm now responsible for somebody's losing a bottle of schnaps...

March 20th, 1944. The Camp Commandant has lost another bottle of schnapps.

March 21st, 1944. I am leaving here for Mauthausen!

Life is tougher and more persistent than I had previously imagined; the worst tortures are often helpless against such obstinacy.

Thank you, Jacques for surviving this and living to write The Morning of the Magicians

By the way, Nathan, Roald Dahl was part of this same secret service network.

Anonymous said...

Jeff: Maybe. Maybe there were tears in his eyes because the last thing he read was a touching tribute from a young boy.

Bane of Anubis said...

Wanna read a funny pitch letter - check out the Bad Pitch Blog

Not exactly a query letter, but I'm sure agents have received things along these lines

J.J. Bennett said...

First of all I'd like to thank Shel Silverstein. He made reading fun for a little girl who memorized all of his poems. Secondly I'd like to thank Stephen King for writing "On Writing". I picked it up a week ago and I gained so much from it. Lastly I'd like to thank all of you out in the "blogosphere" (as Bane puts it). I have so many great friends who are helping me through my journey writing my book. Thanks to all of you. And lastly...Thank you Nathan. Just for being you!

Oh, by the on the best Fairy Tale started today on my blog. Feel free to stop by. The people who entered did such a great job!

Jade said...

Joseph Heller for rocking my world when I was 15.
Suzanne Collins for writing an amazing YA series that doesn't have magic and vampires in it (not that I have anything against either, its just a nice change).
Also, Alison Weir for being the BEST historical biographer and being the writer who first inspired me to write, even though I don't write historical fiction...

Finally, thanks to Nathan and all the other industry professionals who take time out of their lives to blog and help us struggling writers out. You guys deserve an appreciation week as well!

Christine said...

Kristi - thank you for the reminder of Stephen Cosgrove. It brought a smile to my face. When I was a kid and my dad was in the Navy, he used to record himself reading the Stephen Cosgrove books onto a cassette when he was away on West-Pac, then mail them with the books to my sisters and me since he couldn't be home for bedtime stories. So, along those lines, I first want to thank my parents who may not be writers but who inspired my love for reading.

Thanks to all my other favorite authors and books growing up, a few of which include (among the many others) L'Engle's A Ring of Endless Light, O'Dell's Island of the Blue Dolphins, Steinbeck's East of Eden, and Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird.

Thanks to Stephenie Meyer who, though I was initially determined not to read the books as I am with most hugely popular novels, ended up creating a world that was exactly what I needed to escape to in order to take my mind off an emotionally trying time in my life and who ultimately inspired me to stop thinking about writing a novel and go out and start doing it.

Thanks to the writers in my critique group and to the many agents, editors, writers, etc. (Nathan!) who maintain blogs to help us fledglings along.

April Henry said...

When I was 12 (I'm a lot older than you) I sent a short story to Roald Dahl about a six foot tall frog who loved peanut butter. I still have the postcard he sent me back! He said he had read it to his secretary and his daughter.

And then he actually took it to lunch with him and showed it to the editor of a children's magazine. Who asked to publish it.

For free, which should have been a warning sign.


Anonymous said...

Amy Bloom, for starting when she did;Julia Cameron for talking about willingness;Wally Lamb for the good reads and helping incarcerated women;David Sedaris for being fucking hilarious;Judy Blume for helping me fall in love;Alice Hoffman for The Third Angel;Garth Stein for The Art of Racing in the Rain, Bernhard Schlink for The Reader,Anne Lamott for Bird by Bird; Kathryn Stocket for The Help; Nicola Keegan for the poetic, Swimming; Sharon Creech for Love the Dog and Barbara Park's Junie b Jones-- for helping my daughter's fall in love;
and about a million more.

Jim Thomsen said...

I'd like to thank:

— Gregg Olsen, for showing that crossing back and forth between true crime and suspense fiction doesn't ruin an author's brand. Also, for being a good friend who is encouraging me in my own fledgling author's career.

— The lack Jack Olsen, who also was my friend, and who showed me that the best true-crime writing is the kind that cuts no ethical corners or slants the facts.

— Stephen Dobyns, for writing the best damn mysteries (the Saratoga series) I've ever read, and for showing me that character and motivation matter as much as plot and procedure.

— Stephen King, for being the best storyteller and prose stylist in American literature.

— Craig Lancaster, for showing me that self-publishing can work if you put yourself through the same torture tests as mainstream-published authors. Also for being one of my best friends and a daily source of encouragement and hilarity.

— Kristy Kiernan, for being a hilarious Facebook friend.

— All the authors who contributed to the Three Investigators mystery series that I gobbled up as a kid.

Jemi Fraser said...

I'd send thanks out to Louisa May Alcott. Little Women was the first book I disappeared into. I distinctly remember the feeling of surfacing into the real world. As soon as I finished the book, I read it again. I was sure Beth would live this time! I was devastated when she died - again. :) I'm assuming I was pretty young! That's the book that did it for me.

Laura Martone said...

I agree with Rick Daley... I'd like to thank the participating writers of the Public Query Slushpile... and as for influences, I'd like to thank Dahl, Tolkien, King, Hemingway, Alcott, and plenty of other writers (like whoever wrote the Paddington Bear stories) - all of whom inspired me to BECOME a writer when I was just a wee child of New Orleans!

Marilyn Peake said...

Making my way through the comments section, I found Rick Daley's link to his interview with Nathan. Very informative interview! Thanks so much to Rick and Nathan!

Yamile said...

Thanks to JK Rowlings, for the awesomeness of Harry Potter. And Rick Riordan, Anne Rice, Louisa May Alcott, and this Spanish reporter, Juan Jose Benitez, whom I don't think is available in English. I read his Trojan Horse series when I was 11. He changed my life.
And thanks to you Nathan. You are an awesome person-agent.

Gwendolyn said...

Thank you to the BICAW Sisterhood: Pati, Jane, and Darleen. We're an amazing critique group and best friends. Darleen shows me how to put "fun" in my writing. Jane lets me call her at 7:00AM to ask questions about tenses. And Pati is quick to point out things that just don't make sense.

Thanks, Ladies!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, and I wanted to add that I'm with Neil and Rachel... Charles Dickens is awesome, although the fact that a beta reader recently told me my writing style is very Dickensian gave me pause.

Jim Duncan, congratulations on snagging Nathan as your agent!

Bryan, that was sweet of you to acknowledge your wife and all. Good for you!

Mira, er, I don't know what to say.

Oh, and I'm a little jealous, Peter Wallace, that you've gotten to know Michael Chabon. What a terrific writer!

Dan Holloway said...

Sadly, Nathan, old Roald was a curmudgeon who hated his fans.

UI'd like to say something nice about the most talented writer it's ever been my pleasure to know. Sabina England goes by many names from @DeafMuslim on twitter to Deaf Brown Trash Punk on Authonomy and Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist on blogger. She scares the hell out of many people, but she's actually the sweetest person you could ever meet.

She's also got more talent and a more original voice than any writer I've ever read, but like many writers is too shy and self-deprecating to promote her novels, especially the current one, Brown Trash, which I keep trying to get her to let me have for my collective. She has a certain amount of success as a playwright - her play How the Rapist Was Born isgoing to run for 3 weeks in Covent Garden, London, UK in Sept/Oct. I'd recommend anywone to come and see it.

Dan Holloway said...

Sadly, Nathan, old Roald was a curmudgeon who hated his fans.

UI'd like to say something nice about the most talented writer it's ever been my pleasure to know. Sabina England goes by many names from @DeafMuslim on twitter to Deaf Brown Trash Punk on Authonomy and Deaf Indian Muslim Anarchist on blogger. She scares the hell out of many people, but she's actually the sweetest person you could ever meet.

She's also got more talent and a more original voice than any writer I've ever read, but like many writers is too shy and self-deprecating to promote her novels, especially the current one, Brown Trash, which I keep trying to get her to let me have for my collective. She has a certain amount of success as a playwright - her play How the Rapist Was Born isgoing to run for 3 weeks in Covent Garden, London, UK in Sept/Oct. I'd recommend anywone to come and see it.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, darn it all! That'll teach me to post before I've read ALL the comments. Grrr.

Thanks, Marilyn, for the nod. I really, really appreciate it!

And I, too, appreciate the writers I've met through Nathan's blog... you, Rick D., Steph D., Bridget, Weronika, Elaine, Kristi, Bobbi, Kelly, Chazley, Matilda, Jen P., Thermocline, Jen C., Bane, Ink, Mira, OtherLisa, Christine H., etc., etc. I can't list you all, but your thoughts have meant a lot to me over these past few months.

I'm glad that I stumbled upon this blog - and I'm grateful to Nathan for creating such a warm community for writers, published or otherwise.

And now I must go in search of a muffin.

The Decreed said...

My thanks to C.S. Lewis, for still guiding me through the thoughts and ideas that have become my own.

Deepest respect given to JRR and Christopher Tolkien.

A shout-out of appreciation to Bob Bledsoe, my creative writing professor, who taught me to see magic in reality.

Anonymous said...

My favorite writer ascended to heaven last month. Thank you, Blake Snyder, for 'Save The Cat' and for the sheer joy of screenwriting and for life you shared with us. You are missed, dear friend.

xo, Jackie Brown

Steve Fuller said...

Positivity Week? Writer Appreciation Week?

No wonder all your readers are women.

Jil said...

The awesome writing teachers who appeared with just the classes I needed, when I needed them. My writing group, The Pendragons, and one of them who just died, Sister Carol Ann OMarie. My every week critique partner, so helpful and honest and , last but not least, the lovely lady on this blog. who offered to help with my lack of computer skills and is going way beyond the call of duty to straighten out my ms.
I feel great gratitude toward all who have faith in me and give encouragement. I just hope I can pay them back someday!
And Nathan, thanks for letting me join this community of yours.

Lydia Sharp said...

Forgot my favorite beta reader (and fellow writer), Amanda. I know you don't follow this blog (even though I told you to), so you won't see this, but I really appreciate all your honest feedback...and thanks for not hating me when I totally shredded your epic fantasy novel.

Q said...

My favorite part about writers are that all the really good ones are also really nice.

Marilyn Peake said...

Jim Duncan,

Congratulations on signing with Nathan! That's awesome!

Linda Godfrey said...

If I were to thank ALL those who have helped me, I could make the wordiest, hammiest Oscar winners look terse.

But one writer to whom I definitely owe thanks is P.C. Hodgell, a fantasy writer extraordinaire. Her Dark of the Gods trilogy, To Ride a Rathorn and other examples from her ongoing saga are the earth-mother lode of imaginative adventure. I am in her debt for her generous reading of and feedback on my two YA novels, for priceless connections, and most of all for her friendship. Here's a crystal-studded, gold-filigreed goblet of enchanted pale ale to Pat and all others of her kind.

J.J. Bennett said...

Steve...LOL! I love it! You are the best. This is why I get along better with men than women for the most part! Steve you are my new best friend!

Anahita said...

There is not much chance that my favorite writers Isaac Asimov and Agatha Christie who have fed my thoughts and relaxed my tired brain at the end of though days will read this. But there is someone else who writes and from whom I have learned a lot about writing and that person is you. So thank you Nathan for this blog. Thank you for the great books that you mention, and for everything that you teach in here.

Nick said...

I'd like to say thanks to everyone here and other such places. A lot of fellow aspiring authors I know personally tend to be assholes towards one another when it comes to their work, try to crush the competition's hopes so they have at least one less person to go up against. But every fellow writer I've ever encountered online has been nothing shy of lovely and it's a pleasure even to just read things you people have to say. I've found small ways of improving my writing just by grazing comments, and I'd like to say an extra thank you to the one lady on another blog -- unfortunately I forget her name -- who helped me turn my piece of crap query letters I was sending out into something much more acceptable (though admittedly I think it's insanely stuffy). So in a nutshell, I just want to say I love all you fellow writers for being encouraging instead of trying to put me off writing.

D. G. Hudson said...

Many thanks to those writers who create a world real enough to make some of us wish we were there.

Thanks to you too, Nathan, for hosting this blog.

Melissa Pearl said...

Firstly, I'd like to thank you, Nathan. Your blogs are both uplifting and helpful.

Secondly, I'd like to thank my favorite author, Francine Rivers, for hours to inspiring entertainment. I must have read your Mark of the Lion trilogy at least 15 times now... can't get enough of those awesome characters.

Jill James said...

Thank you to Louisa May Alcott, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Anne Frank for showing the would that a young girl's life can be worth reading about.

A Paperback Writer said...

Thanks to David Cunningham (author of CloudWorld) for helping me fix that troublesome chapter last summer.
And thanks to Edwin Morgan (Scottish poet) for writing the most diverse poetry and for being so inspiring to so very many people, and not just the folks who usually read poetry.

Lisa said...

Without my writers group's support, I just might not get out of bed and to my computer some mornings. They give me encouragement when I'm struggling with a piece; they keep me honest and won't allow me to write lazy. And they keep me sending out my work and do celebratory dances when something gets published. So here's a giant writerly hug to the Sistahs of Submission!

Nick said...

Oh, and so long as we're showing our appreciation for published authors, I have a massive debt of gratitude for the late J.R.R. Tolkien. 'twas reading The Hobbit in 3rd grade that made me dedicate my life to writing. Quite honestly I've never considered doing anything else with my life.

kdrausin said...

The first two writers that came to mind for me were: Donna Jo Napoli and Patti Gauch. They are both extremely talented writers and teachers but beyond that, they are wonderful people.

Thank you E.B. White-Charlotte's Web! And FYI- Roald Dahl's son lives in Ft. Myers, Fl. He came to our school several years ago to see a production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Jan Markley said...

Thanks Carolyn Keene for Nancy Drew. I loved her independence. My protagonists in my debut novel for young readers Dead Frog on the Porch are inspired by the girl detective in their first mystery adventure.

Thanks to W. Sommerset Maugham for Of Human Bondage what I think is one of the best works of literature, it's about life, love and the pursuit of happiness.

If Lionel Shriver had a home page I'd write her an email, something to the effect that her book We need to talk about Kevin is addictive, not in a 'davinci code' kinda way, but in an 'OMG I really need to know what happens to these characthers' kinda way.

kdrausin said...

Sue Monk Kidd! I can't believe I forgot Sue Monk Kidd- I don't know her but I love her writing. First Light, When the Heart Waits, The Secret Life of Bees- I can't wait to read her new book coming out on the 8th.- Thank you Ms. Kidd

WitLiz Today said...

This is a very zennish moment in my life. So, I'll try to keep this short.

I'm very grateful to me, because writing can be such a thankless, penniless, selfless job at times.

It can torture unto death whatever ego you have, with lots of pain, from the first rejection to your last. But here's a little post-it note to stick on your writer's bass for the rest of your life. THERE IS NO LAST REJECTION.

Furthermore, writing can drag your bass through the bowels of H E hockey sticks, leaving you feeling more vulnerable, and more exposed than you've ever felt in your entire life.

It can leave you foul-mouthed, in a foul-mood, and perhaps, worst of all, fouled-out in the basketball court of your writer's den.

Yes, if it weren't for me, I couldn't survive or persevere in this business--a business that drags every last bit of bloody decency I have within my soul, with my obsessive thought of 'perish or publish,' . . . but not you Waldo.

It takes guts to do what I do. Everyday I have to make horrendous decisions. Get up and write, or get up and party. Get up and write, or get up and watch football. Get up and write, or get up and talk to someone...anyone. (Please, anyone)

Then I have to put up with the blunt to the point of resharpening the knife over and over, criticisms from my beta readers. I swear to gollyfarm, I have more stab wounds on my bass, than I rightly deserve. Julius Caesar never had it so bad.

And finally, the search for writer's glory, or at the very damn least, validation, begins when you send off the query letter only for you to be completely demolished and humiliated between less than one minute, to two hours, to 40 days and 40 nights later. (See third paragraph)

So, thank you me, for the inspiration I give other people to know that if I can write, well, gosh bless you, anybody can.

And should, imho. Its important for everybody to leave future generations a legacy of your life, however it turned out. I truly believe that.

So I raise my cup of thanks to all writer's everywhere.

D. Michael Olive said...

Thanks, Norton Juster, for writing what to this day is my favorite book, The Phantom Tollbooth. Your use of language was fascinating and the concept of the characters, places, and events was magical to me back in fifth grade. I reread my hardcopy a month ago and it still makes me smile.

Alena Thomas said...

Thank you, Nathan, for all you do for writers. I'd like to thank J.D. Salinger and Ray Bradbury for writing the two books that have inspired me most over the years and Oscar Wilde, who inspired me with not only his writing, but also the way he chose to live his life in a time when being different was about the worst thing to be.

Stephen Duncan said...

With respect to Tigger, the wonderful thing about authors is authors are wonderful things. I've never seen a community so interested in helping those following in their footsteps. Whether it's a NYT bestseller or soon-to-be published new friends, helpful blogs or emails, facebook, and dinner, I've received priceless advice and encouragement from these authors that have helped me in profound ways to get where I am and guide me in my career.

I think this is unique to professional communities.

Lisa Lawmaster Hess said...

I will always be grateful to
K L Going who was my mentor at the Rutgers One-on-One Plus conference the very first time I went. I was nervous and unsure of myself, and not only did she make me feel like a real writer, but she was a gracious mentor as well. She took me under her wing, hung out with me all day and made the conference an incredible experience. I've emailed her several times since, and no matter how many books she publishes, or how many awards she wins, she remains just as gracious and encouraging.

On the unpublished/newly published writer side, I'm so grateful for the writers in my critique group who are great in their own right and generous with their time and comments. Thanks to them, my writing continues to improve.

3wmgt said...

a true statement of encouragement for the faint hearted thank you i hope to hear more from you

indalay said...

I have to say thank you to Laura Ingalls Wilder, Elizabeth Enright, Edward Eager, Martha Finley, Elizabeth George Speare, Joan Aiken and every other wonderful Middle Grade/YA author who if currently writing would have a hard time finding representation because they used adverbs and the climax didn't happen on the first page. :)

Lucy said...

Thanks to A.A. Milne, who I discovered in my adult years, and who wrote so wonderfully and vividly that a grownup can still be entranced with the adventures of Winnie-ther-Pooh. And yes, it is "ther," as Christopher Robin will tell you.

marye.ulrich said...

I've just finished two of Eloisa James' novels. I was impressed by her characters, her storytelling, and by her website where she adds an "extra scene" just like movie trailers add extra footage to their movies.

Plus, Ms. James is a university professor who is building respect for the romance genre.

The Uneasy Writer said...

I would like to tip my hat to all the writers out there who have had the balls to submit their work, knowing rejection may be just around the corner. Here's hoping that one day, the publishing industry will treat us like the artists we are.

Kristin Tubb said...

Thank you to Madeleine L'Engle, who, when I was in sixth grade, told me I could be a writer if I kept reading. She passed away a month before my first book came out. I'd hoped to send her a copy...

And to the writers in SCBWI - thank you! You *all* rock! :-)

B.J. Anderson said...

I love Avi who wrote The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle. I loved that book! I read it over and over and over again and always thought the main character was so cool.

Lorel Clayton said...

Thanks to Walter Jon Williams for writing my favorite brain food! Even though I've never met anyone else who's a fan, I'm proud to say I am. He's the only writer I know of who could have five multiple personalities talking in the main character's mind almost simultaneously without leaving me confused.

Also, my hat off to all published authors and those still trying. It takes a lot of guts to go after your dream.

Victoria Schwab said...

I'd like to thank Susan Adrian, Emily Hainesworth, Scott Tracey, Courtney Summers, Linda Grimes and Tiffany Schmidt. They are an AMAZING group of writers whose energy is contagious. Their work will definitely be gracing the public sphere soon (and Courtney's does already) but they are talented writers and invaluable friends.

Stephanie said...

Ok, I'd like to say something nice about you goes:
THANK YOU for being a compassionate human being/agent who publicly goes on the record recognizing how hard we writers work, published or otherwise. To borrow an over used phrase- YOU ROCK!

Tracy Hahn-Burkett said...

I'd like to thank Laurie Wagner, my very first writing teacher. She showed me through an online course that I actually can string sentences together. Who knew? As for authors: thank you to every single one of the hundreds who pulled me briefly into a world of his or her imagination and made me want to create that same magic, too.

storyqueen said...

Thank you Eva Ibottson for writing cool things that kids love and I do, too.

And a thank you to everyone out there who blogs about writing. There are amazing voices out there!

Keep blogging, bloggers!


Silicon Valley Diva said...

This post was so timely. A few hours ago my daughter and me just returned from B&N and she chose Roald's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory for her 4th grade class book report. A few moments ago she lifted her head from the book to tell me how much more "funnier" the book is than the movie.

Anyhow, say something nice about a writer??? Oh my, where do I even begin lol?

I would like to think all those experienced writers and editors who take time out of their oh-so busy schedules to offer advice and give critiques. Words cannot even express my gratitude.

GRETCHEN said...

John Green - I think you're brilliant. Your talent for combining the poignant with the hilarious makes for some of the most captivating, entertaining, and soul-shaking reading I've ever done. Thank you.

Literary Cowgirl said...

I wish I would have added Mitch Albom to my former list, for writing something inspriational that actually managed to catch my attention.

@Dan I hope you do get Sabina for your collective, she rocks, and so does your own Songs from the otherside. And if I'm going to metion some of the usual suspects, Paul House definitely needs mention because his writing is beyond beautiful, Robb Grindstaff for expressing the thoughts of a teen girl with such clarity, and because he never stops helping others, and Dai Lowe for making art an interesting and challenging game. I best stop there. There are too many to mention. Well, thanks to any unpublished writer who has managed to develop a unique voice and stay out of the mnainstream.

Laura Martone said...

It's too darn late for anyone to be reading my comment, but, what the heck, I'll say it anyway!

Just wanted to thank "WitLiz Today" for his/her earlier "zennish moment" - well said and deeply felt. I think it's paramount that we keep persevering and believing in ourselves, no matter where we are in the publishing spectrum.

Jack Roberts, Annabelle's scribe said...

Thank you Nathan, for this blog. A place to learn and share.

Thanks to Richard Adams who taught me the power of novels, Anne Rice for creating something that started something within me and JK for helping build my passion.

Thanks to my fellow writers in my critique groups for helping me grow and learn.

Nicholas said...

I'll make a shout out to Jane Lindskold. Your writing has added some fire to my own, and the fact that you seem to reply personaly to my e-mails makes me feel like I have a freind out there in the published world. Thank you.

terripatrick said...

Thank you all my writer friends, who love to twist and turn the plots and words. Who else understands when I say, I'm up a blazing tree, rocks are falling and the wolves are circling, how can I spout wings? What talent do I need to have forgotten, before I ended up here?

Thank you all authors who touched my heart, spirited me away to others worlds, then brought me back earth with a gentle bump, a "Whew!" and another adventure to savor in my psyche.

And special thanks to my friend Candy, who dropped grocery bags full of genre romances on my doorstep. So I could savor different worlds, relationships, families and talents, while sipping coffee and my toddlers played. Those books waiting to be read made housework something fun to finish - with the reward of another story to savor.

redqueen1 said...

I'd like to thank Brian Jacques for hooking me in second grade with the book Redwall.

Oh, and thanks to Miss Snark's First Victim for being so freaking awesome.

Catherine Hughes said...

I would like to thank Isaac Asimov for opening my mind and my heart; Nicola Morgan for the very helpful blog that she takes such a personal approach to; Simon Green for helping me through a horrendous pregnancy (you didn't see THAT one coming, did you?); Frank Herbert for my favourite alternate reality; and Madeleine L'Engle for explaining tesseracts in a way that a six year old could understand.

My world wouldn't be half as much fun without books and the writers who create them.

Bron said...

There are so many writers I'd like to thank, but I'll settle on Terry Pratchett. His books are clever and they always make me laugh. Whenever I'm feeling down or stressed, I can pick up a Discworld book and transport myself away. I also think he handled his diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's with grace. So thank you Terry Pratchett.

Romy said...

My thanks would go to the entire romance writing community, published and unpublished. I have been amazed at how much support, encouragement and nurturing these writers give one another.

Michelle said...

Aw, Nathan, that's so sad about your letter to Mr. Dahl. He was my absolute favorite when I was little too.

I'd like to thank my moose buddies on for listening to me gripe and wail about the progress of my WIP (or lack thereof) on a daily basis.

And I'd like to thank you, Nathan, for publishing such positive and motivating posts every day!

Maya / מיה said...

Thank you Annie Dillard for responding to that two-page (single-spaced) fan letter than I wrote you when I was thirteen... thank you for actually writing a page back to me and telling me I wrote well! You have no idea how much that meant to me. Sorry I was too bashful to write back again. We could have been pen pals.

Ben Dutton said...

So many talented writers have guided me, nutured my own talent, assisted, cajoled and sometimes forced me into writing again. Special thanks must go to playwright Dic Edwards who taught me creative writing at university level, children's author Frances Cross whom I met at the start of my writing career and was great, Elizabeth Ashworth, another talented writer who ran a course I went on at 15 and was supposed to be 18. Special mention must also go to those teachers who let me write at school when I should have been studying. Then there are those unpublished (so far) writers who are walking the same path as me: Byron Alexander, Richie Copeland, Josie Smith and many many more. Writers, to other writers, I find the most accommodating and enthuasistic people. Everyone of us deserves to be published.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

For Norton Juster, thank you for The Phantom Tollbooth and the fun it gave me in middle school. I've faithfully read it with my students over the years and have never tired of Milo and his adventures in the Lands Beyond.

Etiquette Bitch said...

Oh, I could go on!

Thank you to all the insightful, helpful-to-writers bloggers: Nathan, Janet, The Rejecter, Literary Guide.

Thank you to the writers, agents + editors I know who take the time to hang out + give me advice: Wendy McClure, Sara Wolski.

Thank you to the writers I see around me in Chicago who, published, unpublished, self-published, never ever quit. They inspire me. Some days I think I'm done for + it'll never happen. Then I see someone who keeps plugging away, and I pick it back up.

And thank you to Lauren Baratz-Logsted who offered me a connection after I sent her a fan email. She's also a deliciously funny writer, sharp and smart.

Anonymous said...

Thanks to John Bellairs for the many books about nerds fighting the undead, and for getting Edward Gorey to illustrate all your covers. Tremendously inspiring.

Etiquette Bitch said...

ps - I also want to thank all the commenters on Nathan's blog. You give me food for thought + you make me feel not-so-alone in writerland.

Dave T said...

Thanks to F.S. Fitzgerald, John Steinbeck and William Faulkner for writing things that were required reading in school. Could have been a drag but instead they stoked my imagination with their stories, and the way they used words.

If the writers in my two groups are any indication, there are a lot of gems waiting to be discovered by Nathan or someone like him. Thanks to them for making me want to compete with their talent.

klromo said...

Hi Everyone - I've self-published a novel I strongly believe in, so I tend to gravitate to other self-published authors who are determined to make their novels a success. I'd like to thank Erika Robuck, author of Receive Me Falling, for very graciously sharing her thoughts and strategies with me. She has made her own platform and sold over 1000 books by herself - and now has four agents very interested. So I truly appreciate her advice and willingness to help me. Maybe my book, Is Harvey Dunne?, will get more buzz like her novel has. Thanks Erika!

Mel said...

I'd like to say a huge thank you to all writers out there for inspiring me. And I'd like to say a special thanks to writers of comedy for keeping me sane through several tough and disspiriting years. Your work has truly helped me cope with difficult times, so thank you thank you thank you. xxxxxxx

lifeissweet16 said...

I'm a little late, but I wrote a letter to Mark Bowden after I read Black Hawk Down. I didn't expect that he would even read it, much less respond, but he did. He was very gracious. And even all these years later, I still have the little not card that he hand-wrote to me thanking me for my letter.

And also kudos to all of us writers who plug away at it daily, be it writing a book, a blog or whatever we write just to keep the world entertained.

Arik Durfee said...

I want to thank Tim O'Brian for THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, Orson Scott Card for ENDER'S GAME, and C.S. Lewis for everything he ever wrote. These and others have had a profound impact on my life. So thank you!

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