Sometimes I plan the acknowledgments I'll put in my book when its published. I wonder if it'll be really long--in case I never get published again and I only have this one chance to thank "the little people"--or will I have short, confident one because there's no doubt I'll get another chance at this?
Well, first I'd have to thank my parents, who although they never understood my desire to write, they always supported it. And my sisters, especially Wendy, who's read just about everything I've asked her to and when I didn't have a critique group would listen to me read it aloud over the phone.
My husband and my daughters, who always believed it was a matter of when, not if.
My friend, Sheri, who got published way before me even though she only started writing because if I could do it, so could she. No, she's not that competitive, she's that confident, a trait I truly admire.
My critique groups, present and past. There was a time that going to a critique group was the only way I was disciplined.
My fellow World Wranglers because they believed in Bix before I fully did. And Jennifer Brown, who's critique I won in Cynthea Liu's auction and who didn't so much critique me as inspire me to finish Bix.
And of course, my agent, to be named later. Ditto my editor.
And lastly, my readers, for without them, I wouldn't be here.
Why do I play this little game? Because sometimes the opportunity to thank those who supported me makes me more determined to finish my book.
So, tell me, who would you thank?