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The Quest for Support

The Quest for Support

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. This whole publication process is hard. It’s even more difficult when you don’t have a whole lot of support.

I’m pretty lucky. My husband is the most supportive person in the world, and he truly believes in me and my work as an artist–a storyteller. My kids are also some of my biggest cheerleaders and showing them how hard I am willing to work for my dreams pushes me on. My parents, my brother, and some of my friends are also tremendous.

And then there are others…


I’m sure you all have them in your lives as well. They are those who poo-poo everything you do and are just brimming with snide remarks they can’t help but share regarding your perceived failures (to them, even though they might have been small victories forward to you). They don’t understand that if that first manuscript doesn’t get picked up by an agent or you don’t get published right away that it doesn’t mean you are a joke. When you do share any happy news, they minimize the victory or your efforts.

I’m so glad I met so many writer friends through Twitter and SCBWI who understand the struggle and help to lift me up when I’m feeling low.

So if you don’t have much support, I just want you to know that I’m here for you. Tweet me or leave a comment. I’ll be your cheerleader, and I’ll lend an ear. If you are new to the process, I’ll help you in any way I can. I don’t know everything yet, but I’m willing to share what I have learned.

It’s hard, and we all need hands to hold–even if we can’t see them.


The author of middle-grade fantasy adventure books A GAME OF TRUTHS and ASTER FINLAY AND THE GREAT ELAN

2 thoughts on “The Quest for Support

  1. I hear yeah! I also hear all the voices and see all the eye rolls from those who don’t appreciate that I spend more hours per week learning my craft than they spend at their jobs—and I’m doing it for zero income. The conclusions span the spectrum between “anyone can write, so she must not know what she’s doing” to “if you’re willing to do it for free what are you complaining about?” Not complaining about the effort required. It’s a labor of love. The not-so-subtle disparagement, on the other hand, becomes wearisome. Take heart, you aren’t alone!


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