Thankful Guest Post by author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Veronica Bartles!
Nov18

Thankful Guest Post by author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Veronica Bartles!

  Some people think that writing is a solitary endeavor, and in some ways, it is. But I wouldn’t be the writer I am today without the support of my friends and family. I can never say thank you enough to my amazing husband and children, who remind me daily to keep moving forward, when I feel like giving up. My awesome agent, Jessica Sinsheimer, is more than the best agent ever. She’s also a great friend. My fabulous editors, Mandy Shoen (editor for my YA debut novel, TWELVE STEPS) and Kristin Rens (editor for my debut picture book, THE PRINCESS AND THE FROGS) have made my books sparkle, and it’s always a plus when I can look forward to edit notes with a smile. And there have been so many other writers who have helped and encouraged me along the way, as both critique partners and cheerleaders. Ashley Turcotte, Laura Shovan, Amie Rose Rotruck, Brenda Drake, Rachel Harris, Isabel Bandeira, Lizzy Charles, Mina Vaughn, Katie Bailey, Summer Heacock, Jason F. Wright … The list is far too long to include in just one blog post. But this post is not for them. Today, I want to thank the others. I want to thank the people who have passed through my life for the briefest of moments, who I may never meet again in real life, and who may never know (unless they read this post) how much their well-timed words meant to me. Because they helped me to break down the barriers I’d constructed from bricks of fear, insecurity, and self-doubt, giving me courage to chase my dreams. And I hope, someday, these people will find this post and know how grateful I am. First, I need to thank Matt Birch, a publicist who spoke (via video chat) at a writing workshop Jason F. Wright organized in 2011. Months earlier, I had received my very first “professional” writing critique from the anonymous judge of a fairly large writing contest. The judge was harsh in his/her critique: “You’ve given your main character friends, and she doesn’t deserve friends. No one in their right mind would ever care about a character like this.” The words were still stinging months later when I entered this workshop. Matt Birch looked straight at me (okay, he was probably just looking straight at the camera, since he was addressing us via video chat … but it felt like he was looking straight at me) and said, “No matter how hard it gets, don’t give up. Someone will care.” I felt like he was directly answering the fear I’d been hiding behind for months. And...

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