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By now you are entirely inundated with heartwarming thanks posts, tweets and Facebook countdowns. Here's another! I asked my YA Highway co-bloggers what they're most thankful for about writing and/or publishing.
I am thankful for writer-friends who have more wisdom than I do, industry professionals who have more expertise, and the passionate readers who make this journey possible at all.
I am grateful for the warmth and community that's found in the YA world. The fact that it's so easy to find people and connect with people who are talented and smart and kind and willing to walk this journey with you. I'm grateful that we have authors who like to sit and talk to their young readers about what it's like to be an author, about high school, about favorite foods, about relationships, about growing up.
I am thankful for the husband, who is a great brainstorming partner and someone who willingly subjects himself to my first drafts. And I am thankful for writer friends, for cheering with me in celebration and for commiserating with me in the hard times. And for our little YA Internet community, which continually reminds me that I'm not alone in pretty much anything I'm struggling with while writing.
I am thankful for the Internet. Sure, it's the biggest distraction from finishing novels in the world, but at the same time it renders geography irrelevant, and without the awesome people it's enabled me to hang out with I would probably never finish anything anyway.
I am thankful for the community, for showing me a very wide range of perspectives and tastes while still sharing a common love.
I'm thankful for writing for too many reasons to name. It allows me to be myself (an introvert) while simultaneously experiencing a very wide range of people and opinions, which helps me grow as a person. I also like that I can feel extreme creative satisfaction without having to constantly purchase new materials--all I need is a word processor and a notebook.
Also, this is kind of too simple and widespread but I'm really, REALLY, thankful for books in general. They are just incredible and have completely and utterly shaped me as a person in all aspects of life.
~ Amy Lukavics
I am thankful for the YA community as a whole. It is so supportive and open and for the most part, welcoming. It's like being a part of a huge extended family and I've made so many awesome friends because of that. Outside the internet, I am externally thankful that my husband "gets it" and that he is the most supportive person I have in my life.
I'm thankful for internet friends that transition to real life. I'm thankful for agents and editors for working 24/7, and being open to possibilities. I am thankful for all spouses and families that share hugs and words of understanding for me and all my friends trying to live a creative life.
I'm thankful for laptops, for giving me the ability to write wherever and whenever I want so that my work can be a little bit of an adventure.
I'm thankful for supportive IRL friends and family who give encouragement and love even when I'm stressed and irrational. I'm thankful for agents and editors, for taking manuscripts and turning them into real, beautiful books.
For making my work the best it can possibly be - better than I could ever make it on my own.
I'm thankful for having family and friends, who are supportive and encouraging of my writing, especially my spouse, who works so hard to give me the time and space I need to nurture my creative self.
I am thankful for a family that respects my work and cheerleads my progress.
I am thankful for a tight-knit, supportive community of brilliant and creative writers who challenge me, inspire me, commiserate with me and laugh with me.
I am thankful for cafes who make great espresso and chai and who let me hang out for hours at a time.
I am thankful for editors, copyeditors, designers, publicists and marketers who get behind their projects not only because it's their job, but because they often become projects of passion.
I am thankful for gif therapy.
As for me -- well, they pretty much said it all. I'm thankful for my endlessly supportive spouse, San Diego's dozens upon dozens of coffee shops (particularly Lestat's on Park) who don't mind my campouts, my enthusiastic and humbling readers, and the writing community -- especially the women of YA Highway (some of my best friends in the whole world), and all of you who've read our posts over the years. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
What are YOU most thankful for about writing and publishing in the YA industry?
Now go forth and EAT ALL THE THINGS!