Thankful Guest Post by Author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Lori Goldstein!
Nov21

Thankful Guest Post by Author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Lori Goldstein!

  Thankful Post by Author & Pitch Wars Mentor Lori Goldstein When Brenda asked me if I’d be interested in writing a post about who—not what—I was thankful for, I immediately stuck my hand in the air and bounced up and down (thankfully this was a written request). But as I sat in front of my laptop sipping my lemon tea, I kinda sorta started to look like this. Because the list of who I’m thankful for is longer than this post will allow. Which got me thinking more about the second part of what Brenda asked: which one person (or more than one person) helped to turn things around for my writing career. More lemon tea. More sipping, and then I started to feel like this. Who turned things around for my writing career is not an easy question to answer. I gotcha covered if you want to know who inspired my writing career (my encouraging husband). Ditto on who kept me going when revisions for my agent and editor turned my perfectly tight and round ball of yarn manuscript into a pile of fuzz that I had to wind thread by thread back into an even tighter and even more perfect ball (my husband, my incredible readers and friends Chelsea Bobluski, N.K. Traver, Jen Malone, Aubrey Cann). It’d be easy to say that my insightful and supportive agent, Lucy Carson, turned things around for my writing career, but that’s not quite right because she more helped to launch my writing career. As did my whip-smart editors at Feiwel & Friends, Liz Szabla and Anna Roberto. Thinking about who turned things around for my writing career means thinking about when my career needed turning around. And the most honest answer I can give sums up the hard truth about the field of publishing and the job of being a writer. Because my career constantly needs turning around. It’s not a case of one day I’m in the dumps and I meet one person and have one long chat or read one inspirational blog post and the next I’m tiptoeing through the tulips. If only it were. But it’s not. Writing is hard for all of us. Whether we have an agent or not, whether we have a book deal or not, whether we are self publishing or not, whether we have zero books on the shelves or ten books on the shelves, writing is challenging and writing is a career that constantly needs turning around. We all have days where we hit our word counts or we get a full request on a query or we get THE...

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