After a mild December and part of January, the infamous Blizzard of 2016 dumped 30 inches of snow where I live. Old Man Winter sure had the last laugh on us that day. It's like he stored all the snow and then dumped it on us at one time.
Baltimore and New York shut down, not allowing anyone to enter their borders. Philadelphia stopped its trains and buses. Snow plows barreled down highway, trying to keep the roads clear.
Yet, good things happened as well. Kids scaled snow mountains and slid down them. Neighbors came to the rescue of those who couldn't do their own shoveling. People were nice to each other.
Sometimes writers and authors encounter those who put us down, question our abilities, belittle our stories, and wound with their Frankenstein edits. Some will complain if they have to pay anything for an ebook. They are the blizzards of the writing life that leave us frozen and unable to move forward.
Thankfully, the majority of the writing community helps others the way those neighbors came to the aid of their fellow man. When we need someone to give an opinion on a book cover, point us to a resource, critique our work, or teach us what they've learned over the years, they share their knowledge.
I'm grateful for the authors and writers in my life:
1. The friends who critique my work and pray for me.
2. Those who gave me one of their book proposals, so I could use it as a template.
3. All the bloggers who invite others to guest post, be interviewed, or highlight a new release.
4. My agent's assistant, who teaches me about Social Media marketing and guides me through the maze of publishing.
5. Established authors who made introductions to the powers-that-be in the publishing industry and gave endorsements.
Part of the writing community that are unsung heroes are our readers. They reach out and:
1. Review our books on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Goodreads, and other outlets.
2. Share our blog posts, Facebook updates, and Tweets.
3. Tell their friends about the great book they read.
4. Encourage us with their enthusiasm and appetite for more of our work.
5. Snap up our new releases and older titles.
Writers and Readers: Who are the heroes in your life? How do you express your gratitude?
Photo Credit: Copyright c Susan J. Reinhardt 1/24/16