And it's an easy answer...
Other readers and writers -- those that step out of nowhere and cheer you on or champion your work.
I had a moment with this late last night. I was working on a new historical novel, deep in research on child labor laws, when I took a break and checked my email. What was there? A tweet notice from fellow author Corey Rosen Schwartz link (picture book author extraordinaire - Three Ninja Pigs, Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears and her new release Ninja Red Riding Hood ).
Corey noticed some good news about my new novel, Skies Like These, and gave it a shout out. Apparently it was chosen by Amazon as one of their "Best Books of the Month - Editors Pick".
I had no idea and likely wouldn't have known if it weren't for Corey.
But that's the world of Children's Literature. People are sincerely kind and supportive.
Was I happy to hear the good news? Absolutely! Here's the link if you want to see it... Best Middle Grade Books - July
But the reason I went to bed smiling wasn't because of Amazon's pick. It was because I felt part of a community that thrives on lifting and helping one another.
It's an amazing thing. Thanks, Corey!
Tell me: When was the last time you were surprised by a good deed or kind word?