Thankful Guest Post by Author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Jennifer Blackwood!
Nov25

Thankful Guest Post by Author & Pitch Wars Mentor, Jennifer Blackwood!

  When Brenda asked if I would be interested in writing a post about who I am thankful for, it went a little something like this:   I mean, I have a lot of people I am thankful for, especially when it comes to my writing career. And then when I went to go write the post, I realized how hard it was to put into words how thankful I am for the people I love the most—the people who have supported my writing 110%. First and foremost, I want to thank my husband. I don’t think I could have asked for a more supportive partner in life. He is my voice of reason, an excellent cook, and supplier of DQ Blizzards. He is my biggest fan. Usually, when I introduce myself, I tell people I’m a teacher, sometimes omitting than I am an author. If anyone has met me in real life, they know I absolutely LOVE to pimp other authors’ books, but have a really hard time promoting myself (something I’m still working on!). But whenever my husband is with me when we meet new people, he is always quick to add that I’m a romance author and that they should buy my books. He’s my built-in promo, I think I should really just take him everywhere I go. Without his support, I don’t think I would have the confidence that I do today, and for that, I am forever grateful. I’m also thankful for my writing partners and friends (particularly Lia Riley, A.J. Pine, Jessica Gunn, and Rene Gilley). These ladies have been my shoulder to cry on when I went through rough patches, the people I celebrated successes with, and the ones who truly understand everything I am going through. Because as writer know, this industry is tough! The great part about the writing community is that we all stick together. There are amazing opportunities, such as Pitch Wars, hosted by the fabulous Brenda Drake, and query advice blogs like Amy Trueblood’s Chasing the Crazies. But what I love most about this community is that they are a supportive network that loves to give feedback/advice, virtual hugs and chocolate, and a good dose of laughter. Without them, I wouldn’t be half the writer I am today. The third person I am very thankful for is my agent, Courtney Miller-Callihan. She has been my guiding light through this whole pub process. She listens to my crazy ideas and is always supportive. Plus, she is totally badass with knitting and shares a mutual love for office supplies (notebooks, anyone??). She is truly the yin to my neurotic...

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