Saturday, June 23, 2012

Among Friends

We here at Avalon Books have been in transition for a few months as my colleague, Kent Conwell, has mentioned in his blog this month. I’ve only been with Avalon for a little over a year but I’ve felt welcome and at home from the beginning.

My editor for Wait a Lonely Lifetime, Lia Brown, was the first person to read my novel and I will be forever in her debt for seeing the story as ‘a terrific romance’, and doing what editors do to get books they’ve enjoyed published.

Lia’s departure late last year was a blow, as losing editors has been for Kent. He has years of publishing experience to sustain him, as do all of the Avalon authors who’ve been with Avalon Books for a lot longer than I have.

I take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone here at the Avalon Authors Blog and the community established to help and support one another as writers, through transitions and uncertainties.

And to think, we’ve been called ‘jealous creatures’ (a line from the film, Midnight in Paris, attributed to Ernest Hemingway).

For a list of Avalon Books and all their authors, start at the publisher's website and go on to their full list of all Avalon authors. Find out what makes them all so special.


Sandy Cody said...

Leigh, you nailed it. I can't overstate the support I've received from fellow Avalon authors. In fact, I've encountered very few of the "jealous creatures" referred in the film. Writers tend to support other writers.

Leigh Verrill-Rhys said...

That has certainly been my experience, Sandy, here at Avalon as well as other writers' groups. Maybe it's a bit like family. There are difficult moments and some rivalry, but when the crunch comes, we can depend on each other.

Gina/Katherine said...

It's been my experience that the "jealous" writers are more likely "lazy creatures." Most of us work hard, struggle to learn our craft, and encourage each other because we know how difficult this business can be--no matter where you are in the journey. The "lazy creatures" dream of the glamorous myth of writing: getting paid oodles of money to sit around the house in pajamas while Hollywood turns your latest masterpiece into a blockbuster movie. And the longer it takes to reach that pinnacle, the more bitter they become. That bitterness is then focused on others because the lazy writer can't admit the weakness might be in them.
Thankfully, Avalon is filled with hard-working, genuine writers who share, support, and succeed together!

Beate Boeker said...

Thank you, Leigh! I very much enjoyed welcoming all new authors because that made it so lively - I love that we come from so many different parts of the globe, have so many different day-time professions, and so many different interests! It's a lively bunch, to say the least!

Rebecca L. Boschee said...

Great post, Leigh. It speaks volumes that even though we won't all be 'Avalon' authors anymore, no one seems to want to give up the camaraderie we've found here.