One of the things I learned in the process of writing this book is that it takes a village to make it all happen.
No author is an island.
There are editors and copy editors and a marketing team and a PR specialists and publicists and people who check to make sure you’ve turned in every last exclamation point.
It’s awe-inspiring and humbling and amazing to watch.
Especially when your village is brilliant.
Recently I went to Chicago to meet everyone I’ve talked to on the phone a zillion times in person and spend a few days planning the book launch.
I brought along my suitcase and amazing earrings and my red lipstick and my hopes and my dreams and my enthusiasm and my heart…
….and a little thank you.
I asked my sister to paint a little gift for each of the members on the team.
It’s painted on reclaimed wood that’s lived a life most would envy leaving behind a little character, a little heart and a little quirkiness in every line,
She distressed the piece after she painted a thistle with the name of the publisher and the longitude and latitude coordinates.
The place on the map that my village calls home.
I handed the gifts out at dinner with a little speech prepared that didn’t come out exactly right and scored extra points in the awkward department. I couldn’t help it. I was just so grateful and I got a little overwhelmed and didn’t say exactly what I wanted to say in exactly the right way.
So in case they were listening or in case they happened to read the blog or in case they happened to stop by….
….I wanted to say thank you without the awkward part.
I wanted to say thank you to each and every one of them.
Thank you for believing in me.
Thank you for taking a chance on a random girl and her stories living in a farmhouse in Kentucky.
Thank you for laughing and crying and cheering and encouraging me through every paragraph.
Every exclamation point.
Thank you for being the wonderful, amazing, incredible village that you that you are.
With love from Thistlewood. 🙂
And now for a few projects from some of my favorite friends: