Giving Thanks

November 23rd, 2009 • Kate

thanksAs I mentioned yesterday, it’s a short week here at kt literary, and though that means a couple of days off from the blog, that’s no excuse to start slacking on Monday, right? Right!

So, I figured I’d take a moment today, in the spirit of the upcoming holiday, and say THANKS to you guys. Not just for reading and commenting on the blog, which means a lot to me, but also for you as writers. It may seem like we agents complain a lot about the contents of our inboxes, and the quality of the queries we receive, but underneath all that is the hopeful expectation every time we open a new message that this is the one that’s going to blow our socks off. So thanks for keeping me in a state of anticipation.

I think we’ve built a nice little community here, and for that, I’m grateful to YOU. And to show it, I’m going to give away one of the new mass market paperback editions of Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle. All you have to do to enter is comment here and say one thing you’re thankful for. I’d love to have some of the lurkers out there pop in with a comment as well — you might say I’d be especially thankful.

Next week, after the holiday, I’ll do a little random number generator thingie to pick one commenter and email them for their address. If the winner already has a copy of this book, I’ll happily mail it to the person of your choosing, already wrapped in your choice of holiday paper. How’s that for a full service agency?

Don’t believe I’m full-service? Check out this YouTube video direct from a series of conversations I’ve had with MJ.

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24 Responses to “Giving Thanks”

  1. Rissa Watkins Says:

    So many things to be thankful for, how do I pick one?

    I am thankful for my five-year-old son's giggles. When he laughs his whole face lights up, his belly shakes and even his eyes smile. He is the very meaning of the word joy. I love him more than life itself.

    (now I need to sneak in and give him kisses and try not to wake him)

  2. Sarah Says:

    Well, you asked for lurkers, so here I am πŸ™‚ My sister and I are huge fans of Maureen Johnson, so I thought I'd better join in on this one.

    I am thankful for my puppy, Jasper. When I'm not at home, he sits at a window facing the front walk and waits for me to come home. No matter how bad a day it's been, it always makes me smile when I see him stretch and wag his tail.

  3. Katee Says:

    There's a lot to be thankful for. Mostly, I'm thankful for the last four years in Germany. They've given me time to spend with my kids and to pursue my writing. I wouldn't have been able to do either if my life went "as planned."

  4. Joe Iriarte Says:

    I'm thankful that my day job is going well these days, even if the demands it makes on me do cut in on my writing time.

  5. Anna Says:

    This is not sucking up, I already own and love Let It Snow, but I'm thankful for you, Daphne! You have made learning about the realities of the publishing industry so much fun.You are approachable, knowledgeable, funny, and you make great books available to lonely kids like I used to be. Plus, you always find the most fabulous shoes!

  6. Buffy Andrews Says:

    I am thankful for my health. Through so many personal losses I've come to realize that if you don't have your health, nothing else matters.

  7. Megan Says:

    Although I'm not American, I am thankful for books.

    Sounds stupid and corny, but I live, eat and breathe books. I love their smell, their feel, I love how I can loose myself in them.

    They take me to other worlds, make me dream, allow me to learn…

    I could go on, but I'll spare you πŸ˜›

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. B.E. Sanderson Says:

    Thank you for this blog. I know I don't comment as often as I should, but I'm here every morning, and I really do appreciate your posts. =o)

    I'm thankful for my wonderful and loving husband, the awesome and intelligent person my daughter has become, and the best furry gray cat ever.

    Have a great Thanksgiving, everyone. =o)

  9. Rachele Alpine Says:

    I'm thankful that I have a full time job I love (teaching high school English) and a "home time non paying job" that I love love love….writing! πŸ™‚ Oh, and I'm thankful to be able to sleep in these next five days!

  10. Karen Says:

    Wow, there are a lot of things for me to be thankful for this year. My mom is closer to me now. It’s an hour and a half drive to get to her but that beats 16 hours when she was living in Tennessee. My sister and her husband are going to adopt a baby (YAY!) and I’ve just started to notice what my exercise classes are doing to my body!

    Also, my writing has improved, which is always something to be thankful for. And I’m not kissing up either ? but I’ve learned more in the last year about writing and the industry from this blog than I have since I decided to become a professional writer. It’s because of the things I’ve learned here that I’ve gotten better, that I know what to do and what not to do with my query letters, and my manuscript. So I’m thankful for your guidance Kate. Keep it up, we really appreciate all you do.

  11. Beth Cato Says:

    I'm thankful that my husband is out of the Navy and has a good civilian job, enabling us to live well and see him every single day.

  12. Vonna Says:

    Thankful for my wonderful, supportive family who cheerfully suggest we order pizza when there is no dinner because I've spent the whole day writing. Again.

  13. Sara Raasch Says:

    I'm thankful for this year. 2008 was particularly dreary, but 2009 is shaping up to be far, far better. Not only did I finish a super fun book and get an adorable (albeit slightly whiny) puppy, but I also landed a fantastic agent πŸ˜‰ Yay for 2009!

  14. Meradeth Says:

    I'm thankful for a couple of days off this week πŸ™‚ And, of course, for my family who will ensure I keep busy.

  15. Tzalaran Says:

    i'm thankful for my family, the two boys who constantly get in trouble but are both very loving and caring people, and my wife whom i can't see living my life without (although some days…).

    i'm also thankful that i've been able to keep my goal and will finish my first novel this weekend. Without the great advice and words of encouragement from the agent and writer blogs i don't know that i would ever have finished…

    Happy Thanksgiving to everyone!

  16. A. L. Sonnichsen Says:

    Thanks for your uplifting post, Kate. This time of year always reminds me to count my blessings.

    I'm thankful for my sweet, wonderful husband and four generally-cheerful children. I'm thankful we've had so-far a good transition after our big move back to the States from overseas. I'm thankful for the new house we'll be moving into (hopefully) this weekend. I'm thankful to be near extended family this Thanksgiving.

  17. Amily Says:

    I'm thankful that my family is healthy and that I will be able to spend time with them over the Holidays.

  18. Stina Says:

    I'm thankful for my truly supportive husband and kids. Without them, I wouldn't have time to write. I'm thankful that my husband doesn't complain every time I buy another YA book. I'm thankful for all the great agent blogs that have taught me so much about the industry. Oh, and I'm thankful for chocolate. I'm also thankful that I love to exercise. πŸ˜‰

  19. Mandy Says:

    I'm thankful for my parents who love me and pay for my education. I'm thankful for my little sister, who is just in general awesome while keeping me humble by telling me my shirt and jeans don't match. I'm also thankful to my friends, who keep my sane.

  20. Joe Iriarte Says:

    um, everything matches with jeans.

  21. Kristi Says:

    I'm thankful for my family – without their support, the writing process would be much more difficult. I'm also thankful for blogs like this that support writers and writing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. Jenny Says:

    I'm thankful for my family, friends, and fantastic boss who all totally rock!

  23. Delilah S. Dawson Says:

    I'm thankful for finally finding my voice as a writer and pulling that first novel out by the eyeteeth. I'm grateful that I still have the capacity to change and grow, and that my family supports me. And I'm thankful that I chose the large end of the wishbone, because I've got a fannypack full of dreams.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Kate Says:

    Congrats to Meradeth, up at comment #14, who won a copy of LET IT SNOW — now a NY Times bestseller! Meradeth, email me at with your mailing address, or if you wish to send your copy of LET IT SNOW to someone else instead.