In “Advice to a Young Man on the Choice of A Mistress”, Ben Franklin said it is preferable to choose an older woman over a young one because….”they are so grateful”.
This isn’t about sex, but gratitude has something to be said for it as a feeling.
Consider these two recent tweets:
“Gratitude creates a positive attitude” – NotsoAwesomeAlex
“Be grateful. Our energy is increased when we add a little gratitude to all that we do.” – Sean Gardner
When you consider all that writers do, I find it refreshing, and worthy of thanks, that people take the time to support, advise, encourage, and help other writers. Social media alone
is quite a handful, not even counting writing a book, editing, revising, publishing, and promoting it. I have ten toes and the Writing Communiiy has my thanks for at least that many things.
I hope I didn’t forget anyone, but here is my list of people to thank:
1. To friends on Google+, Twitter, Goodreads, BookandReader, Linkedin, and Facebook, thank you for finding time to comment (“nice blog”, “good review”, “interesting point”). It makes me feel like I’m part of group of people who care about what I do. It makes my day, sometimes, too.
2. Thanks to knowledgeable people who patiently explain things or offer suggestions on Linkedin or other discussions. This “free” learning is invaluable.
3. Special thanks to the people who read my books. I know that’s subjective, but I sincerely appreciate it.
4. Promotional sites may have their own agendas, but so many of them make it easy to promote books for free. I’ve listed them in a previous blog so I won’t name them here. Many of them have easy to follow directions and even follow-up with an email to let you know what they’ve done. They definitely get a thank you.
5. Thanks to writers who “like” discussions, author pages, comments, and posts. When you recognize the names it strengthens your sense of community and provides new connections and friends.
6. Kudos to writers who tweet or post interesting news about writing, editing, and publishing. I also appreciate those who provide humorous and entertaining moments.
7. Thanks to the many professionals – cover designers, editor, publishers, and printers – who help us produce a good product. The self-publishing companies have earned my gratitude for making publishing for free so easy and fast. Whether it takes you 2 or 20 tries to get it right, they don’t judge. Mistakes can be corrected easily, too.
8. I also thank literary agents who send feedback even if they are not interested in my book.
9. Thanks to people who review books for free. This is a wonderful thiig.
10. My most heartfelt thanks goes to all people who read, which includes writers, of course. In this case, the audience deserves the applause for a change. Why else do we write at all?