RTW: Who Do You Love?

Roadtrip Wednesday courtesy of YA Highway

This Week’s Topic: 

Who has helped you on your reading/writing/publishing journey? 

Hm, this is a more serious question. I’ve received a lot of support from my family. My mom started me off on the reading part of the journey with bed time stories and weekly visits to the library. She was definitely a driving force behind my writing too, always offering encouragement and putting up with my (terrible) poetry recitals.

I had a great English teacher in high school who was the first person to seriously encourage me towards being published. Since I started taking writing seriously, my fiancee has been fantastic. He’s a never ending source of emotional support and encouragement. He also acts as a critique partner, beta reader, and technical adviser.

Then there are the members of the critique site I’m involved with, all offering their opinions and advice on writing which has gone a long way to making me a better writer. Agents and other authors who are generous with their knowledge and time providing fantastic insight on this crazy world of writing and publishing. Blogs by author Janice Hardy and the agents of BookEnds have had the greatest impact.

The editor I worked with during the revisions of my first novel Dragon’s Teeth, Elizabeth Harvey, also had a big impact on my writing, teaching me so much about my own writing and the intricacies of polishing up a manuscript.

My readers. Without them I wouldn’t be able to be a writer. They’ve provided honest and constructive feedback and for that I thank each and every one of them.

I look forward to learning more from agents, editors, publishers and readers in the future.
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