My awesome agent, Rachelle Gardner, had a post earlier this week called “The Myth of the Lone Ranger Author” in which she talked about the many people at a publishing company who help get a book on the shelf. Having worked for a small textbook publisher as an assistant editor, I’ve seen firsthand all that’s involved. Plenty.
I’ve yet to go through the editorial phase for my debut novel, but I’m looking forward to it. I have, however, gone through the years of preparation that went into getting my first publishing contract.
I learned that a writer doesn’t make it to that milestone alone.
I wouldn’t be where I am today with a book in production if it weren’t for my Dream Team, those wonderful people who are my cheerleaders. Who are they?
My supportive husband and daughter
My extended family
My church family
My face-to-face friends
My online friends
My talented critique partners Anne Barton and Jody Hedlund
My awesome agent Rachelle Gardner
I’ve yet to meet the editorial team at Barbour, with the exception of editorial assistant Linda Hang, who’s been super to work with, but I’ve heard wonderful things about them. They will be the next additions to my Dream Team.
Just as it takes a host of people to prepare a child for adulthood, it takes many people to help us reach our dreams, be they dreams of publication, dreams of completing a marathon, or dreams of becoming a gourmet chef. (And no, I’m not into running or cooking. Those might be others’ dreams, but they’re not mine. :-))
I’m beyond grateful for the many people who have supported and encouraged me, taught me, and pushed me to do more than I ever imagined I could. You rock!
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What are your dreams?
Who are the members of your Dream Team?