This week’s topic is incredibly timely as I’m writing my book’s acknowledgments, which currently feel longer than my actual book, so narrowing that list to five essential people is a challenge. People who don’t write often think a book is created by one person toiling away on a computer, followed by an editor who gives it a once over for typos, but we know better. Bringing a book into this world takes a mass of family, friends, editors, agents, artists, and so many more.
Ann Garvin – I met the ever smart and funny Ann Garvin at a writer’s workshop in NYC. She was the fearless leader of my group, and we became instant friends. She was the first non-family member to read my book and she had some harsh but essential words to say about it. Without her brutal honesty of my rookie mistakes, I would have never written a readable draft. To this day, she’s my go-to person for writing advice. In her spare time, she writes some fabulous books and runs an incredible blog called TallPoppies.org, full of exciting and talented women writers. She is a constant inspiration to me.
Yes, I’m saying my husband and I are like Brad and Angelina.
John Reichert – My husband, best-friend, partner-in-crime, and so much more. He works his ass off so I can stay home with the littles and have all that “free” time to write. From the moment I told him I was writing a book, he has been supportive and volunteered to be my beta reader. Even as a self-proclaimed non-fiction-only reader, his comments have been spot on, constantly questioning the believability of my story, and making sure the male perspective gets a fair showing. His knowledge of banking and the law has come in handy too.
Ainsley and Sam – My littles. They gave me an excuse to quit my day job, then had the good sense to be old enough to go to school, freeing up my days to work. But more than that, they are the people I strive to impress. I want to show them you can do anything with hard work and persistence. And I did. My proudest moments are when I hear them tell teachers and friends that their mom is an author, their faces beaming.
Rachel Ekstrom – Let’s be honest, there’s something special about that first person in the publishing community who pulls your story out of the slush and proclaims it something special, something other people need to read. My savvy and brilliant agent, Rachel Ekstrom at the Irene Goodman Literary Agency is that person. Without her belief and guidance, The Coincidence of Coconut Cake would still be some 1s and 0s on my computer.