For me, it's a day that I don't have to cook, I get to eat two huge, delicious dinners, and I can spend the early part of the day finalizing edits on my manuscript. To be more specific, I'll be reading the pages aloud one last time before submitting it (cue vibrant marching band playing my private, writing fight song - I so need one of those).
Hopefully agents will fall in love with the manuscript. So will editors, booksellers, and readers (the marching band is really playing now!). Not if, but when that happens, there will be many people to thank.
My colleagues on this blog, for instance. Members of Sisters in Crime, Backspace and PennWriters. My first readers. My family, especially my husband. My dog for keeping my toes warm while I write.
Then there are my favorite writerly resources. Since I'm so thankful for them, I'd like to share them with you.
- On Writing by Stephen King
- The Fire in Fiction by Donald Maass
- Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
- Story by Robert McKee
- How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey (not the controversial one)
- Query Shark - a must if you're planning to query agents soon
- Former literary agent Nathan Bransford - particularly the Agent for a Day posts
- Literary agent Janet Reid
- Literary agent Rachelle Gardner
- Former literary agent Colleen Lindsay
- Backspace (next conference May 2011)
- PennWriters (next conference May 2011)
- Write Stuff (next conference March 2011)
Also, I have to say I wouldn't be anywhere without my ghost-hunting friends at Spirited Ghost Hunting. I can't wait to go on another hunt with you all!
So, I'm curious. What resources would you add to this list?
Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!