You see, blog tours on book blogs or other book-related websites (like YABC) are usually initiated by publishers or publicists to generate buzz for a particular book, but this isn't that kind of blog tour. We didn't initiate this tour to just promote Myra McEntire.
We did it to show her how much she means to this community.
(And we kept it a secret until today! Heeeeee!)
Throughout the day, you'll see several of us sharing our love for Myra around the Interwebs (you can find links to all the other posts below) but this is where I get gushy-mushy and tell you why Myra means so much to me, personally.
Without Myra in my life, I would not be where I am today.
Plain and simple.
I would not be the leader of YABC. Myra's the one who told Kimberly Pauley that I'd be perfect for this job. And you know what? She was right.
She was the first industry "insider" who told me my writing was beautiful. Come to think of it, she was the first industry "insider" I met when I first started out. And she actually talked to me. Not once has she snubbed me. Not once has she blown me off. In fact, she has dropped whatever she's doing to encourage me time and time again. She has been with me day and night, always just a text message away, always encouraging me to take the next step forward and to believe in myself. To stand up for myself. To believe I was good enough.
When it was time to finally send out query letters to literary agents after I finished my first book, she was the mama bird who pushed me out of the safety of my nest. She's the one who kept my hope alive when the rejections came in. She's the one who waxed poetic about me to Holly Root, my dream agent, who is now my agent.
Myra's the one who said, "I knew it all along."
She's still saying it. She still believes in me. And when she believes in something, you kinda find yourself starting to believe in it too, even when you thought you'd given up.
I watch her take others under her wing, as she did for me years ago, and sometimes I wonder how any author can take the time to give back as much as she does. She truly loves readers AND authors, and that is just one of the things that makes her so special.
She taught me that there is room for everyone -- being an author is not about competition. She taught me to keep my eyes down and focus on my own work. To shut out the negative thoughts and just write. To suck it up and start on the next book, even when you don't want to. To suck it up and write the next query (when you REALLY don't want to). To laugh at myself. To not hate on myself. She dared me to believe I had something worth offering this world.
And above all?
She taught me to truly appreciate those who stand beside you. To love them and value them because they're too rare and precious to treat carelessly.
Thank you, Myra, for being the person you are, for being my friend, and for giving me the privilege to read your work. It has been a genuine pleasure for me over the years to read your drafts and hear your amazing ideas. I always feel honored (and sometimes even weak in the knees) when you tell me stories.
Please never stop telling us stories.
|RPattz loves Myra too.|
To read the other Author Appreciation posts about Myra in this blog tour, use the links below. (Some of these are HILARIOUS!) Some posts are already up, while others will be going up throughout the day.
To purchase Myra's debut book, Hourglass, check out these retailers:
To pre-order the sequel to Hourglass called Timepiece, here are the links to do that too!
What is an Author Appreciation Blog Tour? It's a way for bloggers to band together and surprise one very deserving author with a day of LOVE. There is bear hugging. Love blitzing. Compliment swirling. We try to show that author how much they mean to the book community with hilarity, mushiness, drawings, videos, and sometimes cleverly photoshopped images made of WIN. (Also cute boys.)