Thanks so much to the Pink Heart Society reader who suggested this topic. She asked me who my 'go to' people are - the ones I seek advice from. I've widened the theme to include the wide network of people I've met through romance writing and reading who provide friendship and support in one form or another. There are lots of them, believe me.
The romance writing industry is huge but I've found it to be full of the most marvellous people. Ones who'll smile and understand what you're going through when your book isn't coming together as you'd hoped it would, or who are ready to celebrate grand occasions like books appearing on shelves or the completion of a manuscript.
I do think celebrating the good things along the way are just as important as having friends who'll stand by you when times are tough, or who are simply ready to lend advice or a listening ear when you want it.
So here are some of those special people, in no particular order. I could have included a lot more photos but as I'm having computer troubles at the moment, loading any here today is a bonus, believe me. So my apologies to the many I haven't included. Actually, the post isn't so much about individual friends, but the vast variety of friends and helpers I've met and continue to meet along the way.
Obviously there's my editor. Though she's in England and I'm in Australia, she's there when I need her and it's great being able to tap into her skills and knowledge, not to mention her wider network within Harlequin Mills and Boon.
Of course there are lots and lots of other writers. For instance there are the wonderful women who, like me, wirte for Modern/Presents/Sexy. Many of them have years' more experience than me and are quite happy to share their wisdom and experiences. It's lovely belonging to such a fantastic group. Then there are other writers, both in Australia and elsewhere, who I know via the net or via romance writing conferences and workshops. There's nothing quite like getting together with other people sharing the same writerly experiences as you, especially since we writers spend much of our time isloated in our little writing spaces and our own imaginations.
There are people I've met through contests or promotions who've been so friendly and helpful and who pop up now and again. There are people who write about and review and promote books in a way that makes me feel so good about the effort that goes into writing.
There are the wonderful readers, many of whom I've only 'met' via email or Facebook. There's nothing quite so wonderful as hearing from a reader that my book touched them or possibly even helped them through a tough patch when they needed a good romance to take their mind off their problems.
|With some other Presents authors and an editor, Melbourne|
|Annie's latest release (June US)|