Nathan Bransford, Author


Wednesday, November 25, 2009

What Are You Thankful For?

This is the part of Thanksgiving where I make everyone set down the turkey and the sweet potatoes for a second and go around the table and say what we're thankful for. I guess this means I've officially become my mom.

What are you thankful for in the publishing/writing world?

I am very thankful for my amazing agent and editor for believing in me, my awesome and talented colleagues, my incredible clients, and of course YOU, for reading the blog and teaching me so much.

What about you?






191 comments:

nataniabarron said...

I'm thankful for the writers, editors, and agents always willing to help those of us just starting out. Really, this is an unprecedented age of generosity in that respect. :) Makes me all warm and fuzzy!

Amanda C. Davis said...

Semipro short story markets. God bless 'em, every one.

GhostFolk.com said...

Your blog. Best in the business. Thank you, Nathan.

Christopher Cocca said...

great teachers and peers at The New School.

books.

agents who blog and tweet and otherwise share important insights. Thank you, Nathan.

hilltrash said...

I am thankful for other writers. The ones who read my work so I don't send things out before they are ready. The ones who, when a door opens for them, hold it open for the next few people behind them, too. The ones who try daring things and take risks so that what is possible in writing becomes an ever-widening horizon. The ones who slave away at literary journals and judging writing contests for no reason except that they love words. I am thankful for other writers.

Anonymous said...

As an editor, I'm thankful for POD, since the phrase "due at the printers'" no longer strikes terror in my heart.

Erinn said...

I am thankful for the small nation of people who write, edit and buy books and therefore also provide emotional support to other writers. Thanks everyone!

Veronica Barton-Dean said...

Nathan-

When it comes to my writing, I am thankful for the blogging world. This year as I dived head deep into my own I have been welcomed with open arms.

I'm also thankful for the friends of mine who don't mind being my guinea pigs:)

Ink (Bryan Russell) said...

Cormac McCarthy.

Plus the online writing community. It's nice not to be alone out here.

Thermocline said...

Parents who read and read and read to me.

Now that I've got a kid, I can understand the soul crushing monotony of Goodnight Moon after a thousand times through.

L.M. Quinn said...

I'm grateful that I can read and write what I like when I like without total censorship, something that still goes on in many parts of the world. For being able to support authors and for them to support my work, I'm forever greatful.

Moira Young said...

I am thankful that I have had so many opportunities in the past year to grow up and be more mature in general, and when it comes to my writing career. Such as: teaching myself to take rejection as a learning opportunity rather than as a sign that I'm not good enough.

Oh, and pen names. ;)

Ulysses said...

Books.

Company: friends, family, readers, writers.

A steady paycheque.

The wide variety of foodstuffs which incorporate chocolate.

Steph Damore said...

I'm thankful for having such an amazing year. It's been a lot of hard work, but oh so rewarding.

Author Guy said...

As a bookseller I'm very thankful to my fellow authors at Echelon press, for writing such terrific books. Deserving books I can sell to deserving readers with a great glad heart.

As an author I'm thankful to all the readers who've taken a chance an an unknown, and to my publisher for doing the same. When and if i get an agent I'll be thankful for them too.

Nick said...

Plenty. But right now I'm especially thankful my horse beat Cholera. Thought I was going to lose the old girl. I mean sure, it's not unheard of for horses to get over it, but it still takes a good number, and most of the horses I've known to get cholera have died thanks to it. So I'm really glad she pulled out fine.

That aside...Agents such as yourself who provide helpful resources to us writing folk. The fact that The Strand magazine is back in print and accepts submissions makes me giddy as well.

Oh, and trilby hats. God I love trilby hats.

Brigita said...

I'm thankful for agents like you who choose to share their knowledge of the publishing world with writers and would-be writers. And for every occasion when someone does something unexpected and nice for me, you don't get to see that often nowadays.

Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate it.

Gordon Jerome said...

The two things I am most thankful for in publishing are the internet and Amazon's Kindle Books.

More than just being thankful, I am glad that I was alive in the time when it all began. I remember when no one had a computer or a calculator for that matter or a digital watch.

But now the whole world has changed. In 2010, I intend to restart XYSTUM Publishing. I never could have done that if Kindle Books had not come along.

T. Anne said...

For my wonderful family, our health, for wonderful teaching blogs and the fact I still have a burning desire to write.

Josh said...

For hope.

Elisa said...

I'm VERY thankful for my readers, especially those who took the time to let me that my novels touched them in some way.

I'm thankful for blogs like yours, too, that keep writers like me in the know and part of the conversation!

jjdebenedictis said...

Oh, hey! Serendipity!

My blogging buddy CKHB came up with a great Thanksgiving exercise for writers today:

"Show, don't tell" your thanks, i.e. paint a scene that shows what you're thankful for, rather than saying it explicitly.

I've got some examples on my blog, where I'm attempting to turn this into a meme.

Matilda McCloud said...

I'm grateful that despite all the talk about e-books and the death of printed books, the POD printer where I work is still in business (and is pretty busy this month too). I'm thankful to be employed so that my husband and I can more or less pay college tuition for my son.

I'm grateful to agents, editors, and writers (and others) who blog everyday because I'm an insatiable blog reader (I think blogging is an interesting art form!).

Lauren said...

I'm thankful for my writer's critique group. They have given me so much and have been such an encouragement to me in my writing endeavors.
Some have even become great friends.

Thanks to Nathan for providing a forum where we "wee" little hopefuls can learn more about publishing.

P.S. I read this blog often and it's high time I start participating in the conversation.

Jason said...

I'm thankful for the fact that good information is so easily accessible for writers today. Kudos to agents who blog..and are nice about it! :)

Happy Thanksgiving all!

Carolyn said...

I am thankful for my agent. She is an amazing agent and I am very very glad to have her represent me.

I'm also thankful to people who read books (especially the ones who email me to let me know they've liked my books). You make the world a more interesting place.

Vegas Linda Lou said...

I am so incredibly thankful for my blog readers! It’s an unbelievable feeling to know that people from all over the world are actually interested in the crap I have to say. And God bless them for the fantastic reviews of my book on Amazon. http://tiny.cc/XgIfx They’re the ones who keep me writing!

Jason said...

Now that I've got a kid, I can understand the soul crushing monotony of Goodnight Moon after a thousand times through.

Ha ha ha!

I've got three kids and I guarantee you I've read Good Night Moon a thousand times!!!

Fawn Neun said...

I'm thankful for readers, intelligent, thoughtful readers who remind me that stories are what make us human.

Anonymous said...

The harsh realities of the marketplace, the cruel brutality of indifferent criticisms, the insistent temperment of the projected "needs" of fiction that antagonistically drive me to greater efforts, these negative valence attributes are what I'm thankful for. Blessed be the naysayers, as painfully unpleasant as they are.

word verificate: placat [placate].

Scott said...

I am thankful for the literary times I live in.

There's so much bitching and moaning about how difficult it is to get published, the transformation the industry is undergoing, etc. But at what other point in history has the common man had SUCH an opportunity to practice this art form?

At what other time in history could the average person be part of such a vibrant writing community? The possibilities are endless.

nikkimantyla said...

It's probably lame to put a link to my own blog post here, but that's where I already wrote what I'm thankful for! Ten writers who've impacted my thinking and my writing: http://bit.ly/5ZGOb7

Lydia Sharp said...

I'm thankful for life and the people in it. Yes, there's more to it, but that pretty much sums it up.

Heather said...

Books in general, without which I wouldn't have any hopes or dreams to speak of.

The blogging community, which has fostered my growth for the dismal amount of time I have been a part of it.

My dogs, which sit patiently beside me (one under each arm) as I write every single night.

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Storie Teller said...

I am so thankful for my wonderful family that has stood by me with much encouragement during my quest to fulfill a dream. So glad it's finally done, and I'm so thankful for you, Nathan who has helped me in so many ways. More than you could ever imagine. Thanks for all the information you've kept us up to date with, and the step by step procedures that are written precisely to help one on their journey toward publishing. There is much to ponder on your impressive site that is always filled with information and interesting discussions including a lot of fun. ~ Debbie~

Jen said...

I'm thankful for my husband, who supports me all the way and never forces me to explain my always crazy, often changing dreams.

Robena Grant said...

I'm thankful that I have enough money to buy books.

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Keith Schroeder said...

I have a long list of things I am thankful for. If interested, check out my blog post on Thanksgiving.

http://taxprepusa.blogspot.com/

Happy Thanksgiving all. May we have many more.

Diana said...

I'm thankful to everyone who has sent me submissions, the contributors to Emerald Tales for writing short stories that I am proud to publish, the authors in my Crystal Codices for writing stories and poetry that I am proud to publish, and the contributors to Copper Wire who, after a little armtwisting on my part, agreed to let me publish their work on the internet.

I'm also grateful for people like you, Nathan, who have blogs like this to help writers. And to authors who have websites that help others become published. And to other people who do things to help and support writers.

SZ said...

Attended no funerals this year.

A rent controlled apartment in San Francisco.

Spellcheck !

Melissa said...

I'm thankful for my readers who've helped to shape my WIP into an entertaining story.

Also, I'm thankful for my awesome husband and his connection to a friend in the publishing industry who's agreed to personally take a look at my manuscript. :-)

CKHB said...

I'm thankful for the blogging community: the agents & editors who are willing to share their expertise, the writers with whom we can commiserate or celebrate... I only started blogging this summer, so I had no idea what a time commitment this was for you all!

I'm also thankful for the agents who asked to see a partial or full, and for those who rejected me yet took the time to suggest edits.

Mercy Loomis said...

I'm grateful for my husband, who understands and supports my writing.

I'm grateful to all the short story markets out there that are still accepting submissions.

I'm grateful to the wonderful industry people I've had a chance to work with this year.

And I'm grateful to the industry bloggers, because without you all the successes I've had would've been much, much harder to achieve.

D. G. Hudson said...

I'm also thankful for those in the publishing industry (agents, editors, & associates) that blog, and post articles to help writers of all levels. It takes time to reach out, and we appreciate your investment and faith in our endeavours (novels, etc.)

In addition, I'm very thankful that I have the time to write, and the ideas to make it fun.

Have a great Thanksgiving, Nathan, and that goes for all readers of this blog, too.

Becca said...

I'm thankful for all the great books out there and that the publishing industry does still put out good books. I'm also thankful to all the people who read the short stories that I submit and, especially, to the ones who take the time to put personal messages at the bottom of my form rejection letters.

Ally said...

For family, friends, and comforts during a time when so many are suffering.

Jeanne said...

I'm sooo thankful for my critique group. They totally rock! Couldn't do it without them.

Q said...

I am thankful for the bloggers of the book world and how smart and funny they are!

Anonymous said...

I am thankful for you Nathan and the blog you provide which supports so many writers on their writing journey. I am thankful for all the information you provide which has been a great help to me and for the online community you make possible. I am thankful for eveyone who participates in this community; you have helped me in my writing journey.

I am thankful for my great reader who helps me to continue on. I am thankful for my daughter who is the greatest kid in the world and the apple of my eye. I am thankful for all my friends who support me. I am thankful for being born in this great country - for all it's flaws.

May you all be blessed.

Balinares said...

I know I am something of an oddity, but I'm grateful for all the kind and patient people of the online text-based roleplaying game I joined all those years back. It is them who groomed my English, poor awkward second language that it was, into something I can now make literary use of. Without them I wouldn't be writing in English today.

Miss Tammy said...

I am thankful that writers, agents, and publishers are keeping quality YA books on the shelves. It makes my job of getting teenagers to read much easier.

stephanie said...

I am immensely thankful for my virtual writing partner Rachel Green, who provides me with daily reading pleasure and whose skill has helped me better my own. Aside from Rachel, I am grateful for my writing group, the many talented authors in the world who delight my senses with their prose, and the agents and editors who blog so generously to our benefit.

Happy Thanksgiving, Nathan.

Marsha Sigman said...

For the stories. The ones that have changed my life, made me laugh hysterically, and weep with despair.

Thank you for making the world a better place for even a few hours.

Yat-Yee said...

Okay, Mom, here it is: I am thankful for the writing community, to know I am part of a group who shares my passion for word and stories.

Marybeth Poppins said...

For my life, and for it being nothing like it was two years ago!

THAT alone is something to be thankful for :)

Jared X said...

Verbs. We couldn't complete the sentences we write without them. I'm also thankful for nouns, but I'm especially thankful for verbs.

Emily White said...

I'm thankful for the wealth of information about writing that the internet offers and for all the great writing communities available to make this lonely business not feel so lonely.

Jeni said...

I'm thankful for the generosity of writers who support each other in all aspects of writing and publishing.

MzMannerz said...

It's probably already been said, but books. I love to read. I'm thankful for everyone who makes that possible!

Have a great Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

Im thankful for my wonderful daughter who has her nose shoved in a book more often than me. And for her father for knowing that there is bonding in the silence. And for the courage that found me sitting in front of a blank screen, earning to free these stories from my mind.

DG said...

I am thankful for my wife, who listens tirelessly to yet another rewrite, having been convinced that it's so much better than the last version, so much better in fact that it will be like she's never heard the passage before. She listens, and she smiles, and agrees it's better.

And thank you too, Nathan, for all your effort.

Sarah Allen said...

I'm grateful for:

-Charles Dickens' 'A Christmas Carol'
-Egg nog
-The smell of old books
-A break from school
-Words.

(my creative writing blog)

Rick Daley said...

I'm thankful that so many in the online writing community are willing to share their time and experiences to help others progress toward their individual goals.

Thanks everyone, I've learned a lot from you. And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families.

Stacy McKitrick said...

I'm thankful for my husband, who has put up with me talking about my book non-stop (he's not into romance). But maybe that's because he's got $$ in his eyes (must let him down gently).

I'm also thankful for my daughter, who gave me hope that my writing was better than I thought it was.

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Kristi said...

I am thankful for - this blog and its fabulous community, my wonderful critique group members, my supportive hubby and family, and all the blogs out there dedicated to writers and writing. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lucy said...

I'm thankful for the opportunity to write: it frightens me to think how much I would have lost to be born in a culture where women are not valued as human beings. Having a voice is a privilege.

Amy said...

In the writing world, I am thankful for my husband -- I could not be doing this without him. My dream as a child was to be an author, but I gave that up for something "more practical". I've read comments from so many authors who cannot financially support themselves with their writing. Because of my husband, I don't have to worry about that - at least for now. It's because of him that I can pursue my childhood dream.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Renee Collins said...

I'm thankful for my twin sister, who genuinely, unflinchingly believes in my writing.

Misssy M said...

I'm not even American but since you ask I'm bloody grateful for the Australian publishing company who just offered me a contract for my book. Wahey, Australians get me! At last someone does!

So grateful that I'm beginning to speak like an Aussie- did you see that there?

Happy thanksgiving to all celebrating it- never give up, people.

Marilyn Peake said...

What a sweet post, and such a nice invitation to step back and remember what we’re thankful for in the publishing/writing world. I’m thankful for so much...

For this blog. I don’t know if you realize, Nathan, exactly how special this blog is, and we probably don’t thank you enough. Not only are your posts interesting and filled with wonderful information, but you allow a level of rigorous debate difficult to find elsewhere on the Internet, demanding only that contributors be polite to each other. Like many others here, I look forward to this blog every day.

I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people in the writing community, and to be able to meet them through the Internet. I looked at Alan Rinzler’s blog after you mentioned him here on your blog. I contacted him and he agreed to read my novel, GODS IN THE MACHINE. He wrote back that I’m a "good writer with some very interesting ideas" and he’s agreed to work with me on editing. We’re going to begin working together after the new year, and I’m both very thankful and very excited about this!

I’m thankful for all the opportunities I’ve had in the small press world to publish, submit my work for review and enter contests. People in the small press world work long hours in order to bring non-mainstream books and stories to the world. I’m very thankful to them for their dedication.

I’m also thankful to the commenters who contribute to this blog. All of you make this such a fun, lively place. Plus you are all so nice to allow me such long posts. :) I often think of this blog as everyone sitting around a dinner table having long conversations about writing and the world in general. Can you pass me the sweet potatoes please? And what do you think about that new eBook gadget?

I’m also thankful for the authors of amazing books. Right now, I’m reading BONESHAKER by Cherie Priest – Wow! What a book!

Happy Thanksgiving, to Nathan and all my fellow commenters!!

The Pollinatrix said...

I'm thankful that I've shifted my focus off of getting published and rediscovered the absolute joy of writing again.

I'm especially thankful for the medium of blogging, which has proven to be rich in rewards I wouldn't have suspected when I began.

I'm also eternally thankful for the abundance of books in the world.

Nett Robbens said...

I'm thankful to be a year older, and wise enough to know when to listen to people who know more than I do.

pjd said...

My writing group friends, even though I've been unable to meet with them for the past six months. What wonderful people (and good writers) they are.

Blues Greene said...

I'm thankful for the support of my writing group, The Guttery, (www.the guttery.com) 4 years now and going strong. For blogs of substance, like this one. For being around to see the revolution taking place in publishing. For books, readings, contests, workshops, and ideas that go "boom" in the night.

150 said...

My word verification, no lie, is "binge". If you insist!

Nancy Coffelt said...

I am so very thankful that I've been blessed with the opportunity to BE thankful for having such a fabulous agent and terrific editors.

If I ever even give the impression that I take any of this for granted I give the universe permission to give me a good smack down.

My word ver. is allymphr which I think would make a pretty snazzy name for a character in a fantasy novel.

My gift to the fantasy writers out there. :)

mlsfleming said...

I'm thankful for you and K. Nelson for the astonishing education. And for screenwriter Jeff Wolfman for critique and encouragement!
Margaret Fleming

Aidan Ryan said...

For my first fiction publication at Grey Sparrow Journal!
http://greysparrowpress.net/WINTERFLASHRyan.aspx

Cheryl Barker said...

I love your line about officially becoming your mom :)

I'm thankful for fellow writers who encourage and support me in my writing efforts. Love the fellowship found with other writers.

Voidwalker said...

I am thankful for those people in my life who have encouraged me to write. AND for people like YOU, Nathan, who provide people like me invaluable information through great blogging!

Jamie said...

I am not in the publishing world - but I am so thankful for blogging - it helps me to meet interesting people and it helps me to look - really look at my world!!!

Susan Quinn said...

I'm thankful for the freedom to pursue writing, and the amazingly supportive community of friends and colleagues I'm finding along the way.

I'm thankful to all the bloggers and commenters who share their expertise (thank you Nathan!), and make the online world such an interesting and engaging place to be!


Happy Turkey Day to everyone!

Ink - Do Canadians celebrate Thanksgiving?

Mindi Scott said...

I'm thankful for my agent who sold my debut novel this year, for my editor, and for everyone at the imprint who helped make it happen.

I'm also so incredibly thankful for all the other writers I've met over the years who have offered encouragement, advice, and camaraderie in this journey.

Larissa said...

I just posted about this on my blog! (I think many of us did).

I am thankful for the wonderfully supportive writing community - here, on twitter, and especially the Blueboards.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Christina Davis said...

I am thankful that life is filled with interesting people and stories and that we are willing to write them and read them. Words are life.

Ink said...

Susan,

We do celebrate Thanksgiving, only we do it in October. As Treebeard would say, we're a very hasty folk. November is saved for... well, dreary misery. Spare turkey, anyone? Anyone? I'll even eat the leg...

Amy said...

It sounds corny, but I am so thankful for my brain. No matter what is going on, even if chaos surrounds me, I can use my brain to put myself somewhere else. Sometimes it's to work on my characters, to imagine a scene, or just ponder.
And of course, I must say, books in general: I can't get enough. I have Book Acquisition Syndrome, I can't stop purchasing them. They make me feel rich!
Lastly, this blog is a great resource to be thankful for, and so is all the tubes that make up the Internet. YAY!

Jade said...

I'm thankful that I started my blog and met all my cool blog-friends.

I'm thankful for my future agent. He doesn't know it yet, but I'm going to rock his world.

I'm thankful that it's summer now and not at some other random time of the year.

I'm thankful that Johnny Depp gets better looking every year.

~Ellie Kings~ said...

I think I explained it best in my post today. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jess Haines said...

I'm thankful for my agent, my editor, and my beta readers. Every one of them believed in me enough to get me where I am today. Their help and thoughtful words and occasional whip cracks helped get my work where it is today. (Huzzah for Amazon and Borders.com preorders!)

Jennifer said...

I'm thankful for the MFA program at George Mason and the boyfriend who is paying my tuition there.

Book Maven said...

The Internet and all the lovely new technology! Google Wave, Skype, Twitter, Facebook, blogs - love 'em all.

Wanda B. Ontheshelves said...

1. Jólabókaflóðið

"Every year in November, Iceland experiences what is known as jólabókaflóðið, or “the Christmas book flood”. It’s when publishers flood the market with new or [occasionally] re-released books, in time for Christmas. This is because one of the most long-standing Yule traditions in this country is to give the gift of books for Christmas – new Icelandic books, in particular."

http://tinyurl.com/yzf3r5n

2) Jólakötturinn (Yule Cat tradition, also from Iceland):

http://www.sbpoet.com/2004/12/jlaktturinn_yul.html

Melanie Avila said...

I'm thankful for agents and editors who have blogs to help us writers, and for my published writer-friends who take the time to help those of us still trying to get our feet in the door.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Crystal said...

I see everyone so far has left out the most important thing, so I'll just come out and say it.

I'm thankful for Chipotle.

Melissa Pearl said...

I am thankful for the opportunity to write and the hope that I'll one day get published. I am also very grateful for all those great agents out there who really want to see us "newbies" succeed.
Thanks also for your hard work, Nathan. Your blog is one of my favorites.

Marilyn Peake said...

Crystal, I'm eating at Chipotle with my family tonight. :)

I should have mentioned earlier that, as a writer, I'm very thankful for Starbucks mocha lattes and the freedom to choose as many shots of espresso as I'd like in each cup.

David Kubicek said...

I'm thankful to my friends and family who put up my writer's idiosyncrasies. I'm especially thankful for my wife, Cheryl, who is my first reader and motivates me to work harder by saying things like: "You can do better."

And I'm thankful for technology. This is a great time to be a writer. Websites, blogs, and Twitter can put you in touch with as much up-to-date information in a half hour as it used to take a month to gather by writing letters and licking stamps (yep, I started out when one actually had to lick stamps).

I'm thankful also for agents who blog. This has helped me see agents as people who love books and want to help worthy books get published.

Karen McQ. said...

I'm very thankful for my supportive husband,terrific kids,enthusiastic readers, Jeff Bezos, and that one of my novels was optioned for film.

AndrewDugas said...

Readers.

Laura Martone said...

I'm thankful for all the bloggers out there (including you, Nathan, and those I've met through your blog) who continue to help me understand this crazy little thing called publishing... and who continue to encourage me in my own writing endeavors.

And I'm thankful for my passion, imagination, and ambition - which push me forward on the days when being a published novelist seems impossible. The hubby's unwavering support sure helps, too.

Karen A Chase said...

Definitely thankful for Kristen Weber, my freelance editor who has been a delight. For my love, Ted, who supports my dreams. Laura Scott for showing me it can be done. And the pen for continuing across the page.

Laura Martone said...

Oh, and Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! Even those who don't celebrate it.

Bryan, would you care for some turkey? My stepmom bought a monster!

P.S. And you can always stop by Come In Character to share in a virtual Thanksgiving!

Mira said...

Hmmm. This was a hard post for me to write. I don't want to get too mushy about this blog. I'm sort of a sentimental type at heart....when I'm not blasting the industry for various conspiring schemes, that is.... :)

So, in my effort to not get too mushy, I'll just say I agree with Marilyn. This blog is so important: as a forum for honest discussion, a huge resource of information and a catalyst to change. Thank you so much for that and for your vision.....

.....

Ah heck. I'm going to get mushy. You can stop reading now, Nathan.

Okay, first, thanks for not kicking me off the blog. I imagine it was a close call at times.

Second, I grew so much through this blog personally. I won't go into it all, but one important thing: I learned I really could post only once or twice a thread and not DIE. That was important to know.

I learned some math. Also important.

Thanks for always listening. I know you read every post, and in a world where it's hard sometimes to be heard, what a gift it is to have someone listen. Thank you.

I learned how to write a query letter. I learned all about agents and what they do, and what they look for.

Watching you and your clear moral center, integrity and work ethic has been inspirational.

I wrote some other things, but they are too personal for the blog - even for me. I'll find another way to thank you for those sometime.

So to sum up, thank you. I'm very grateful for you and for your blog.

Laura Martone said...

Beautifully put, Mira. Hope you have a happy Thanksgiving, whatever you're up to!

Ink said...

Laura,

Send it over! Just make sure to avoid those customs officers with greedy fingers.

Mira said...

Laura, thank you! You, too! :)

I'll be celebrating Thanksgiving by writing my paper on the oppression of women. It's a bonus, because just think how grateful I'll be when it's finished.

I should mention, if Nathan doesn't mind that I'm very, very grateful to you, Christine and Ann for running CIC while I'm in school. You've been amazing, and your posts are wonderful.

I'm also happy to have met so many wonderful people though this very blog, including you, Laura. Lot of good folk. :)

Terry Towery said...

I'm thankful for this blog (the first REAL writing blog I stumbled across), and for all the good information and links I've had the good future to find since then.

I'm thankful I finally finished my manuscript. I'm thankful to my freelance editor, Staley Krause, who has proven herself a marvelous editor and and even better person.

I'm thankful that I continue to have hope that I can fulfill my lifelong dream to become a published novelist, despite no longer being a "kid." I'm grateful for the twenty-five years I spent in a newspaper's newsroom, and the skills and thick skin that came as a result.

But mostly, I'm thankful to my beautiful wife for having faith in me when no one else did (including me).

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Terry

Patrice said...

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Laura Martone said...

Darn it all, Bryan. If I were still in Michigan, I'd just walk the turkey into Windsor. Feel up for a trip to the Big Sleazy?

Hey, maybe we could just use Mira's catapult!

Laura Martone said...

Oh, and you're welcome, Mira. Happy to help.

Good luck with your paper! Just remember to take some time to sniff the turkey - and maybe eat some, too, while you're at it.

Ink said...

Laura,

We've had some technical difficulties with the catapult. It keeps hurling oppression my way. Very troublesome. You'll have to talk to Mira about that one.

:)

Mira said...

Oh, thanks, don't worry, Laura. I'm sure they'll feed me some turkey if I look pathetic enough.

Bryan, I worked it in. Ha.

Can I just say I'm grateful for Bryan? I've learned so much winning....er, I mean, engaging in our debates. Who else is so much fun to argue with?

Mira said...

Ink - lol. Hurtling oppression. You're funny.

Kathryn Magendie said...

My publishers taking a chance on me, believing in me, and in my work! My 2nd book coming out ... and the great response I've had on the first one.

Happy Thanksgiving Nathan, et al

Grimmster24 said...

I am thankful for the opportunities I have had as of late to send out manuscripts and get feedback.

I am thankful to have met a few wonderful fellow authors/bloggers like Craig McDonald, Brenda Nixon, jj Keller, Kathleen MacIver Kiersten White, and yes, you too, Nathan.

And lastly I am very thankful for my mind being kind to me and allowing me to come up with a great story-in-progress, the time to do so, and most of all, people to appreciate what I have done so far.

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody.

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for good independent book stores, and even for good chains (like Borders).

I'm thankful somebody is still publishing worthwhile fantasy. I'm thankful for Carol Berg's Lighthouse Duet, winner of the Mythopoeic Award this year, as I'm thankful for Wolf Hall, which won the Man Booker.

I'm thankful for Lords of the Sea, by John Hale, which proves that history can be as exciting and gripping as a good novel.

I'm thankful someone publishes Kent Haruf, a magician and poet with words who writes about the real west.

I could go on, but I'll stop. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for writers, agents and editors who take the time to help newbies get started.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Adrianne

Adam Heine said...

I am thankful for you and all the other agents, editors, and writers who blog about the publishing industry, writing, and how to improve in both. If I had tried this getting-published gig 10 years ago, I don't think I would've learned nearly this quickly.

kdrausin said...

I am thankful for kind editors, agents and authors who are willing to share their knowledge. Thank you and happy Thanksgiving.

ryan field said...

I'm thankful for having the opportunity to work with a wonderful agent, excellent publishers and editors, and a wonderful copy editor named Jen.

marye.ulrich said...

I'm thankful for your mom. She did a great job of making you sensitive and open to what the "little guys" are going through.

Anonymous said...

Who is Brian?

Rogue Novelist said...

Personally, I'm thankful for the good health my wife, son and I have. Professionally, I'm thankful for my excellent annual income and for the intelligent and ethical presentations from your blog comments.

Anonymous said...

i'm thankful for my hands

Kim said...

I'm extremely thankful for my agent who believed enough in my writing to sign me this year.

Susan Quinn said...

I would like to second marye's suggestion about being thankful for Nathan's mom! They grow 'em good on the farm! Way to go, Mom.

And Bryan (Ink) - If you didn't get any turkey, I'd be happy to catapult some Canadian geese that are infesting my local park your way. Don't they belong up there anyway?

Jackie Brown said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Nathan.

I'm thankful for your generosity in keeping me apprised of publishing news and information via one of the best blogs in the business. Thank you, too, for your constant flow of valuable advice; you never fail to deliver.

Thanks, too, to all the fine folks who read and comment here. I have learned so much from all of you.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Brent Peterson said...

Hearing my kids laugh.....being Canadian......living next door to a great country where the American Dream is alive and well in blogs like yours .... being allowed to dream too...... and finally .... discovering a passion for writing fiction after 47 years.

Happy Turkey everyone!

Ben-M said...

I am thankful that writing should make it still possible, in an increasingly anonymous, commercialized and deafeningly loud world, for one person's small voice to be heard.

Marilyn Peake said...

Mira – That was so beautifully written. You write sentimental very well. We already knew you write great humor!

Ink – I’m so glad to hear the catapult’s back! I will send turkey and stuffing your way, followed soon after by pumpkin pie. :)

I’m thankful for the regulars who post here: Mira, Bryan (Ink), Laura Martone, Scotty, otherlisa ... and so many others.

Well, I’m off now for a busy Thanksgiving weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful for bloggers like Nathan, and for the many others who take the time to comment on blogs, review and critique--giving so much of themselves to help others in this difficult profession and difficult economic environment.

Oh, and for wine, margaritas, my family and friends, netflix' international movies, singer/songwriters, gaia -- the things that connect us to more than our individual selves.

Kaitlyne said...

I'm thankful for the resources that we have available online that have taught me so much about publishing and editing in only the past few months.

I'm including sites such as this one, Miss Snark, etc. which have also helped me to understand the process and helped dispel many of the old stereotypes concerning publishing and agents. We are incredibly lucky to have people who are willing to take their time out their already incredibly busy schedule to help us.

Stephen Prosapio said...

I'm thankful for my agent who helped steer me as I began my novel this spring and who has provided me wonderful feedback in her reads of my work. I can move on to my next project knowing her capable hands will get my book read by the right publisher/s.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Jo said...

I'm thankful for my wonderful agent and my soon-to-be amazing editor, and I'm thrilled that in the next month or so I'll be revising another book. Grateful that I can do the thing that makes me happiest in the world and pretend that it's my job.
I also couldn't live without my son, daughter and my grumpy old husband.
Considering I don't eat turkeys and did not grow up in America, it is amazing how emotional this holiday makes me.

Kirk K said...

I am thankful for health in my family - my 14 month old daughter is now 6+ months post-liver transplant and doing so well. I am thankful to have a full time job in this economy (though I at times wish that full time job was WRITING). I am thankful for incredible organizations like the SCBWI-Western WA region and for all the published writers who take time to share their experiences with newbies. I am thankful for blogs like this that not only shares knowledge but where we can all share experiences. And finally to all the agents and editors who take the time to interact either online or in person with people on the path to publication.

Other Lisa said...

I have a long list...

Friends and family. A cliche, but true. My writer buddies. Who else understands what we go through? My cats. Okay, I'm two steps from crazy cat lady, but they make me laugh every day.

That I live in an incredible community (Venice) in the amazing state of California, for all its crises -- still the best place on the planet for me.

That I have had the opportunity to travel and experience other countries and cultures (like I'm doing right now) and the good health to enjoy it.

That this very cool agent took a chance on a debut novelist, and a wonderful, risk-taking press bought the book.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Justice Publishing Inc said...

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Marla Warren said...

First of all, I’m thankful for my job as a bookseller. I just received my five-year service award on Sunday. It’s a truly blessed thing to have a job you love. I spend my working life surrounded by books and the people who read them. (The perfect “day” job for a writer.)

I am thankful for your blog, Nathan. (And no, I am not sucking up.) You keep me abreast of news and important issues in publishing, and you allow me to connect with other people who love books.

Most of all, I’m thankful for Michael Crichton and everything he wrote. To name just a few things:

I am thankful that we have a new book from him. I just finished Pirate Latitudes (within 36 hours of purchasing the novel).

I am thankful for how Crichton challenged and expanded my thinking, and that of others.

I am thankful for the many wonderful friends I made on the message board of Crichton’s website.

Above all, I am thankful for Crichton’s autobiography Travels, which has had a huge impact on how I view life and the world. It is a fascinating and very courageous book, my favorite of all of his works.

Wishing Everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ink said...

Susan,

I think our geese are trying to emmigrate your way. Some sort of labour dispute, I'm guessing. Plus, you know, the winters. They'll probably head to florida, buy a condo or mobile home, do a little golf and tennis. I mean, someone has to cheer for the hockey teams down there.

Laurie said...

I have an attitude of gratitude for your blog...our higher power sent me to you re: our families untold story. I am thankful for my family...what hasn't killed us has only made us stronger, created a bond even bigger than we could have imagined and will make for an incredible narrative nonfiction in the untouched market and never before written truth. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Nathan and all the talented authors I've been following along with for past week on this blog. Laurie- Mama on a Mission for all humanity with our story! It takes the whole village to raise our children...but...the changes for the future must start with this ones son...:)

Anita said...

...A nifty little Japanese beer bottle opener...have you seen these? They're an engineering masterpiece...you can open bottles one-handed.

Maryann Miller said...

I am thankful that the publishing world keeps evolving and new opportunities present themselves every day. And I am also thankful for my awesome editor who helps to make my books better.

Kristan said...

Tonight in particular, I am thankful for the St. Martin's New Adult contest, of which I am a finalist! http://sjaejones.com/blog/2009/st-martins-new-adult-contest/

Also thankful for your blog, books in general, the health and happiness of my loved ones, and colors. All of them.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bane of Anubis said...

Nothing new here, but I've liked Renee's answer the best. Thanks to the wife and other close family members who believe in me, even sometimes when I don't.

Laura Martone said...

Aw, Bane, I believe in you. You write groovy goblin fare. :-)

And thanks, Marilyn, you're too kind as always. Hope you have a happy Turkey Day, too!

Mira & Bryan - I really wish we could settle this catapult issue once and for all. Methinks Bryan could use LESS oppression in Windsor, not MORE. Oh, and how do you feel about pecan pie? A little taste of the South?

Terresa said...

I'm thankful for you. And other agents like you, providing us novice writers with the scoop, the info, the dealio.

Mmmm. Pass the pumpkin pie.

Susan Quinn said...

I guess the Canadian geese are just "geese" in Canada! They should be able to find some good property, cheap, in FL.

Happy Belated Turkey Day, Ink!

Charlotte said...

I'm grateful for community - for the amazing support I'm getting from my online writer's colony and for the information freely shared on the web by publishers and agents like yourself. If it wasn't for community, I'd feel very isolated as a writer.

And for the amazing writers out there whose work brings me joy when I read. Right now I'm thinking of you, Hilary Mantel, and you Siri Hustvedt. Thank you for writing so that I can read.

Jil said...

I am thankful for all the wonderful "friends" I meet each day wherever I go. Their smiles lift my heart and make me glad to be alive.
My writer friends who have faith I will be published even when I weaken.
The ability to become lost in my other worlds and have my dear dog lie quietly until the moment I turn my computer off.
"Come in Character" in which my two characters enjoy their visits.
Mira, always an encouraging and generous friend.
Oh so much to be thankful for, including Nathan and his blog which allows me to be part of this fine community of writers.
Happy Thanksgiving to all!

JenD said...

This year I am grateful for having the time to finish NaNoWriMo and most grateful to my husband for supporting my crazy writing aspirations, and very, very, very grateful for this and all the other great publishing/writing blogs out there that have taught me so much more than I ever would have learned without them. Happy Thanksgiving, Nathan...and thank you….um, can I eat now?

The Celebrated Author said...

Dear Nathan,
I'm thankful for my writing friends who never let me stop and feel sorry for myself when I have Writer's Block. They are the most amazing people ever and without them I would have run away to Russia several times over this year.
Love,
Margaret (16)

Kaitlyne said...

Sorry if this has already been said (I've read many but not all, and I'm short on time), but I'm curious about what it is you've learned from us.

It's obvious here that so many of us are thankful for the insight and knowledge you have provided us writers, and I'd love to know what you have learned as well. Thanks.

David Ferretti III said...

I am thankful for your blog and encouragement, my beta readers and one published author who is my mentor.

wendy said...

I confess I was going to have a grumble when I first started reading, but now I understand that it's Thanksgiving in the U.S., and what a great custom, I shall, too.

Umm, I'm thankful for...this blog and you, Nathan. I'm also thankful for all the stories I've been blessed with over the last 35 years,and which have been so much fun to write...except when I discover that someone else has published a similiar story. (I had to get that off my chest.)
I'm thankful for my son's girlfriend for sharing her practical skills, as I have none, and showing me how I can sell artwork online in the stores where she sells hers. That really is a blessing. I'm grateful for....oh, is that enough? :)

Ellen B said...

I'm thankful that I can write, that I want to write, and that writing is still fun, even when it's hard.

That there are so many people out there willing to share their knowledge - agents, editors, writers, publishers, distributors, booksellers, critics.

That there are so many great books out there that my Amazon wishlist looks like it was written by a spoilt child with a reading age of 25.

Oh, and I'm thankful for the bunch of friends I have in Dublin who are interested in setting up a writing group with me :)

Ask me again when I get past the messy scene I'm working on right now and this will be a much longer list!

Word verification: Cringeti - that feeling of pleasant embarrassment when you are forced to be nice about someone or something without reservation. Exactly what I'm feeling right now, actually.

Jen P said...

In the publishing/writing world....

1. My first school teacher who encouraged me (aged 9) to read as much as I could manage, unlimited by age, criticism or others' expectations.

2. Those writers/editors/publishers who have given me their time for interviews from whom I have learned so much - above all that publishing is a business like any other, yet unlike any other and not to get too precious about writing, just get on with it.

3. The online mag's Editor who gave me a chance to get writing something real to share, and have the opportunity to speak and listen to those in #2.

4. My local library which helps me stay inspired and share a love of words (and pictures) with my children.

5. My local newsagent for stocking A5 lined notebooks, just for me.

***

And that's all aside from my family who support me, plus this community forum for expression, shared learnings and fun in a like-minded environment. Thank you one and all. And to Nathan for its creation. Happy Thanksgiving.

Anahita said...

First of all, I am thankful that I am in United States. As preliminary that it may seem, not every country in the world encourages people to dream big and follow their dreams too. A writer, somewhere else on the globe, had to wait 12 years to get permission of the sensor agency for publishing her book; the book became obsolete at that time.
Then I’m thankful to my husband for I couldn’t sit and write if we weren’t supporting it in every way.
I am very thankful to you Nathan because the starting point of almost everything I learn about writing is this blog.
And I’m thankful to many writers that I have met in the meetings and libraries and over the phone, who have offered their time, their knowledge, and their support so generously. I guess that is another feature that’s specific to the United States.

Christine H said...

I'm thankful for all the editors, agents and fellow authors who have given so much of their time to fostering the online writing community, and by extension, me.

karen said...

As I look out my window at a beautiful sunrise, I'm thankful for sight. Without it I couldn't enjoy this wonderful world as I do. Without it I couldn't read - and I love to read. Without it I couldn't write because writing, for me, is a very intense, quiet, personal thing. Without my sight I wouldn't have the freedom to come and go as I please.
And hard on the heels of sight is my gratitude for the freedoms I enjoy in this country, the United States. I'm grateful for my ancestors who endured unimaginable privations while settling this land - from Massachusetts to Oregon - so that I could enjoy the luxuries and freedoms I enjoy today.
And I'm grateful for life so that I can enjoy the children and grandchildren that will gather around my table in a few hours. I am truly blessed.

JDuncan said...

I'm thankful for a wonderful family, four fabulous kids, four great pets, my wife who puts up with my flakiness, my wondeful agent Nathan, who apparently lives with the iphone attached to his ear given how quickly he responds to emails, Audrey LeFehr at Kensington for taking a chance on my story, and just being alive and well at 42. Now, if only I wasn't stuck working today, things would be dandy.

Bane of Anubis said...

Laura, thanks -- I'm definitely grateful for the support and empathy of my online buddies.

Happy turkey day, USians.

Disgruntled Bear said...

I'm thankful for all of the agents who have taken the time to read my queries (and even more thankful for the handful who have asked to see more, including you, Nathan!).

I'm thankful for the members of my writing group for their harshly critical feedback, because that which does not kill us makes our novels stronger.

I'm thankful for the fantastic advice I got at the BackSpace conference a few weeks ago, and for the online info, especially this blog.

Happy Turkey Day, Y'all!

abc said...

For this blog, which always makes me smile.

For the fantastic children's book authors. They make bedtime fun, enlightening, beautiful, whimsical, etc.
Polly Dunbar, Kevin Henkes, Jan Brett, Jane Yolen, and so many others.

For writers letting me experience other worlds. For agents, editors, and publishers for making it happen.

For Prairie Lights bookstore in Iowa City, IA.

Eileen said...

Readers! Thankful for every person who picks up a new author they haven't heard of and gives their books a shot.

Anonymous said...

What are you thankful for in the publishing/writing world?

Each time I use my computer to write, edit, re-write, and research for writing, I am very very very thankful for the technology that makes writing easier than ever before.

Not only has MS Word revolutionized the writing process, the internet provides a wealth of knowledge about writing, connects writers with other writers, and takes us into a wonderful world of research in a "click."

In a more personal thankfulness, I am thankful for the talent and desire that has filled the gaps in my life. The writing journey itself is worth the effort regardless of whether or not I get published.

Mira said...

Laura, no, no this is all a big misunderstanding.

I'm not flinging oppression in the catapult from S.F. to Canada, I'm flinging oppossums.

I have no idea why Bryan keeps confusing the two. Maybe because I keep reminding him that they are undocumented opossums...

Marilyn, you always give me so much encouragement! Thank you. I love your wonderful comments and links. I feel like we share a value of honest intellectual exploration, and I'm grateful we can support each other in that here.

Jil - I feel the same!! Who would have thought I'd meet someone who lived near me from this blog, and we'd become friends! Happy Thanksgiving. :)

You know, there are alot of people on this blog. Some I know better than others..... But I love the whole diverse interesting commentary here (except the parts with math in it) and I truly value this whole gosh-darn community.

Julie said...

I am thankful that I can write. Published or not, it is something I love and will continue to do, whether or not it ever makes me a dime. :)

litenup_rach said...

your sweet blog at the end of a rough day. thank you, nathan.

Cloudscudding said...

I'm thankful for the way that web boards and comments in guidelines are allowing editors to give more specific feedback to submitters and to answer questions that they might have. I recently made my first pro sale, and a lot of that was because the submission process allowed editorial feedback and resubmission of revisions. It's bittersweet, though, because that market is closing soon. But I hope it's a trend.

Cheryl Gower said...

YOU--and all the down-to-earth help you give us in your blog.
Pencils and erasers; computers and printers. When one thinks of it, writing is probably the least expensive hobby/craft a person could have--paper, pencil and imagination.
And then, of course, there's God, family and friends. None of this necessarily in the order typed.

DCS said...

I'm thankful I have job security and can pursue my passion for writing without needing to earn a nickel from it, just as I love the game of golf but don't have to worry that a five foot putt stands between me and my next meal.

Refugio Jones said...

I sought out a career change that's been rewarding at least in satisfaction. I'm thankful for the writers, editors, agents, and their encouragement.

Beth Terrell said...

Thanks for asking this, Nathan.

I'm thankful for many things, including a spouse, a supportive family, puppies that snuggle with me while I write, and the movies in my mind. But as a writer, among the things I'm most grateful for are readers.

I wrote about that on Murderous Musings this week: http://murderousmusings.blogspot.com/2009/11/thankful-for-readers.html.

Donna Hole said...

Thank you Nathan. That was a beautiful sentiment.

...........dhole

Donna Hole said...

Oh, and I'm thanksful that my five children are all alive, healthy, and out there kicking anarchy butt.

......dhole

Dr Reece said...

I am thankful for those who believe in me and have taught me to do the same.

lora96 said...

I'm thankful for:

My job

My husband

My washer and dryer

The patience of the writing blogosphere

The fun of using the word "blogosphere"

:)

Wayne K said...

I signed with Lippincott Massey and Mcquilkin a week before Thanksgiving.

I'm more thankful for the excitement and support my family gives me. I hear the horror stories about negative family members.

KennaMarie said...

I am thankful for the rush that writing brings. I am thankful for all the readers out there who take time to read what we've written. I am thankful to all the writers who never gave up and published amazing books. I am thankful for all the editors, agents, and publishers for making it all possible.

Rachel Hamm said...

I am thankful for The Next Big Writer, www.thenextbigwriter.com, and it's wonderful community of writers, without which I'd be completely lost and still think my first draft was good writing!!

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Bless :)!

The power of the written word and the ability to twist it.

Dana Fredsti said...

I am thankful that my sister's book is coming out next year, my writer's group, and all the support afore-mentioned sister gives my writing career.

Anonymous said...

I'm thankful to be pain free since about April, and in remission, and able and willing to keep on with the search for an agent. Some books need to be published, and oddly enough, I've written one of those. Normally, I'd move along, but this time I'm going to go the distance, assuming I live long enough. Proud of that. Thankful to have written such a book.

Rooty Too, mRoo, and other nom de plumes said...

Wow. 50,000 new words in a novel!

Rooty Too, mRoo, and other nom de plumes said...

Turkey, pie, and a beautiful family too!

Trish said...

I'm thankful for all the support from other writers, editors, agents, and for great forums like Absolute Write and Critique Circle.

And I'm thankful for a bunch of writers who convinced me to start a blog, and to finding this one of course.

Broadway Mouth Blog said...

A couple weeks ago, I received my first request by an agent to read my full manuscript. I am VERY thankful that my novel is out there somewhere in the running!

Donald said...

I'm thankful a wife who supports my many and varied interests. I'm thankful she has a degree in English. And for those who already know and are willing to share.

Jacqueline Seewald said...

I'm thankful for the internet. Blogs like this one are interesting and help me feel connected as a writer.

I'm thankful that two of my novels have recently been published:
TEA LEAVES AND TAROT CARDS, adult romance published by Five Star/Gale in August in hardcover and December in large print, and
STACY'S SONG, a YA coming of age novel published by L&L Dreamspell in trade paperback and e-book formats this month.

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