I recently picked up Emily Giffin’s latest novel Where we belong. Here are some quotes from her two full-page acknowledgments:
First, she thanked her loyal readers…”talking with you on Facebook, Twitter, and book tours gets me through every painful bout of writer’s block…”
I thought. How do I get through writer’s block? A glass or two of wine? A walk through the Botanical Gardens, a deep discussion with myself as to why I’m putting myself through this torture. Well, it isn’t really torture. The truth is what else would I do with my life?
Back to Emily. So she gives eternal thanks to her editor Jennifer Enderlin, to Stephen Lee, her publicist, to too many to name at St. Martin’s Press (13 I counted). The entire Broadway and Fifth Avenue sales force. To Olga Grlic for the cover design.
And oh, yes, her world-class agent, Theresa Park and her team…and to Molie Smith and Mara Lubell for taking care of her website and for Sarah Hall, Danielle Burch and Susan Stockman for their publicity efforts.
Then, of course, thanks went to family members for their moral support, to her assistant. Who among us trying to build our platform has an assistant?
So, these are some of the people behind Emily Giffin’s where we belong.
And to top it all off, have you seen her photo?
What would your writing be like if you had such a team?
So, that kind of discouraged me and made me wonder about all this building a platform hype. I mean, isn’t it really the other way around. What are your thoughts? What ever happened to good old-fashioned writing?
Are you beginning to feel alone in building your platform? I for one sometimes think I am building a house with only a hammer and a box of nails.