Just to Say Thank You

Sorry, I don’t have an April Fool’s post for you. Encouragement Week continues. I’ll be back next week with all-new posts.


Hey… you.

Yeah, you, the one sitting alone in your basement hammering out a thousand words every morning before you go to work.

And you. The one filling out your registration for a writers conference and terrified to click “send.”

And you in the back, there… frantically taking notes in the writing workshop, attempting to be invisible.

And what about you, about to sit down at your first-ever meeting with an agent, trembling with nervousness.

And you, the writer who’s signed your first publishing contract and suddenly feel the pressure of deadlines and marketing and expectations.

And you, the multi-published author, thankful for your good fortune and praying everyday the words continue to flow.

I just wanted you to know that I see you. I know you’re there. I hear what you’re saying, I feel your fears, I love your passion, I understand a lot about what drives you and what terrifies you.

And I admire you. I am so incredibly awed by your bravery. I know it takes courage to do what you’re doing. I’m impressed with your persistence, your enthusiasm, your dedication.

I know it takes sacrifice. I know you give up a lot… I know it’s a significant chunk of change to go to a conference; it’s a significant commitment of time to write books and build platforms (and read blogs).

I just want to thank you for what you’re doing. I’m so glad you get up every morning and do what you do. I’m so happy you’re up for the challenge. It’s because of you that I’ve been a reader my whole life. It’s because of you that I love books. It’s because of you that I’ve had the good fortune to work for the last fourteen years in a career I absolutely love.

You are incredible. Keep up the good work. Keep writing… so I can keep reading. And thank you.

Rachelle Gardner, Literary Agent

Rachelle Gardner

Literary agent at Gardner Literary. Coffee & wine enthusiast (not at the same time) and dark chocolate connoisseur. I've worked in publishing since 1995 and I love talking about books!


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  5. prashant on April 12, 2010 at 5:18 AM

    >that was so sweet! I love this post.
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  6. cool dad on April 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM

    >Thank you. My first time here, and I'm already encouraged to stay on the lonely road of writing.

  7. Nick on April 7, 2010 at 8:47 PM

    >I needed this. Thanks!

  8. T.J. Carson on April 6, 2010 at 5:20 PM

    >I like this. It is very encouraging.

  9. Lenore Buth at www.awomansview.typepad.com on April 5, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    >I'm late to the party (we've been painting walls) but I thank you, too, for this healthy dose of encouragement.

    Thanks, too, for your great blog and what it takes to keep it fresh and informative, day after day. You bless our lives.

  10. Stacie on April 5, 2010 at 8:25 AM

    >This is very inspiring. It makes me want to keep working, because I know someone understands me. I struggle some days to find the motivation to continue, to put in those 3 or 4 hours a day writing. Hours that seem invisible to everyone around me. Are they wasted hours? No, eventually they will pay off, eventually perfecting my craft will get me to where I want to be. I absolutely have to believe this.

    So thank you.

  11. Amanda G on April 3, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    >Oh wow. Thank you! I wish I hadn't queried you yet (I got a rejection from you back in November 🙂 but maybe someday my book will be published anyway and maybe *you* will read it then! Thank you so much, Rachelle, for this post and this whole blog and everything you teach me. Easter blessings!

  12. Maureen on April 3, 2010 at 11:54 AM

    >Thank you for the encouragement that you continue to give on this blog. It is so much appreciated!

  13. Amy Sorrells on April 2, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    >That was so awesome, I DID cry. :)Even emerged from my little e-vacation to tell you how much I appreciate this post. Thank YOU & have a blessed Easter!

  14. Cynthia Watson on April 2, 2010 at 2:15 PM

    >That was so lovely, I almost cried (I'm tired)!

    Thank you.

  15. T. Anne on April 2, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    >Bless you and your family this Easter!

  16. T. Anne on April 2, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    >Bless you and your family this Easter!

  17. Sharon Mayhew on April 2, 2010 at 10:33 AM

    >That was lovely, Rachelle! Thank you for posting it.

  18. Anne Lang Bundy on April 2, 2010 at 9:14 AM

    >Hey you! Totally cool agent of awesomeness. Yeah, you!

    Thank you for tireless hours spent compiling information and replying to comments and keeping up this blog for all us writers just so we'll know … writerly STUFF.

    Thank you for talking your clients off ledges.

    Thank you for caring so very much about people you'll never meet but know in your heart.

  19. Kathryn Magendie on April 2, 2010 at 7:28 AM

    >Now why did this make me tear up? Well, it did. Thank you. I needed to read this.

  20. Meghan Ward on April 2, 2010 at 6:18 AM

    >You're welcome 🙂 And thank YOU for this fabulous blog!

  21. Dorothy Dreyer on April 2, 2010 at 6:09 AM

    >Thanks for this post. You're pretty awesome yourself!

  22. Lucy on April 1, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    >Bless your heart. Hugs to you!

  23. Lynda Young on April 1, 2010 at 10:56 PM

    >A very wonderful, very encouraging post. Thank you.

  24. Jessica Kirkland on April 1, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    >Really liked this post. Thanks.

  25. Corina B on April 1, 2010 at 9:37 PM

    >Like Melissa, I'm going to save this to read everyday. This post is wonderful, just like the rest of the posts have been this week.

    What a blessing it must be to have you as an agent.

  26. Melissa Dean on April 1, 2010 at 9:26 PM


    This is singularly the best thing I have read in months! It was so inspiring I have decided I must read it everyday. So, I'm saving it! Thank you for the best feeling!


  27. Dana Bryant on April 1, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    >Thanks again. I have been down on myself because I have so little time lately to do what I love to do. Thanks for seeing the determination in us. You are so appreciated too.

  28. Mira on April 1, 2010 at 4:24 PM


    Thank you.

  29. Care on April 1, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    >I would be the one in the back trying to be invisible.

    Thank you for noticing.:)

    Happy Easter!

  30. Rowena on April 1, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    >thanks back

  31. Janna Qualman on April 1, 2010 at 2:10 PM

    >What a wonderful post!

    Hope you have an equally wonderful weekend, Rachelle.

  32. Shawna Marie Bryant on April 1, 2010 at 1:49 PM

    >Your musings almost always move me.
    You push me, and I need that.

    But today you moved me in a different way.
    You understand me. I need that too.

    Thanks, Rachelle.

  33. Eve Paludan on April 1, 2010 at 1:07 PM

    >What an awesome blog post! Thank *you* for your passion for books and for authors…

  34. mkcbunny on April 1, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    >This was better than an April Fool's Day post. 🙂 Thanks.

  35. Jessica Nelson on April 1, 2010 at 12:04 PM

    >This is such a sweet, well-written post! Are you sure you're not meant to be a writer?? *Grin*

  36. Jeanne Lyet Gassman on April 1, 2010 at 11:58 AM

    >What a lovely post! Thank you, and have a wonderful Easter.


  37. MJR on April 1, 2010 at 11:51 AM

    >Thank you for all your encouragement and for this wonderful blog!

  38. Lynsey Newton on April 1, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    >Awww, what a lovely post. I bet the people who have you as an agent are just as grateful!

  39. Sharon A. Lavy on April 1, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    >How sweet Rachelle. Thank you.

  40. Loree H on April 1, 2010 at 9:33 AM

    >Yeah, I'm the one in the basement. Thanks remembering all of us, Rachelle. Happy Easter to all!

  41. Taylor Taylor on April 1, 2010 at 9:31 AM

    >This was so helpful this morning. Thank you for the encouraging words!

  42. Lauren on April 1, 2010 at 9:13 AM

    >And thanks to you – so much – for giving us insight into this world. We are better for it! 🙂

  43. sharonbially on April 1, 2010 at 9:04 AM

    >And a heartfelt thanks to YOU, Rachelle, for the thanks. Yes, the writer's path is difficult, and without it, a whole industry would drown. While we're at it, thanks, too, for your wonderful blog.

  44. Lisa Jordan on April 1, 2010 at 8:53 AM

    >Thank you loving books and words and helping new writers. Thank you for your dedication to the craft. Thank you for being you.

  45. Jason on April 1, 2010 at 7:47 AM

    >I echo what James said…you are awesome Rachelle!

    Happy Good Friday (early) to all!

  46. Lydia Sharp on April 1, 2010 at 7:18 AM

    >Beautiful. 🙂 Thank you.

  47. James Killick on April 1, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    >Thank you, Rachelle – you've restored my faith in literary agents. You are always very respectful of writers of all abilities and levels, and this post is another example of that.

  48. themotherlode on April 1, 2010 at 6:49 AM

    >Thank YOU Rachelle….you are a gift to us writers. 🙂 Happy Easter!

  49. Krista Phillips on April 1, 2010 at 6:34 AM

    >Love this post! A GREAT way to start out April:-)

  50. Matthew Rush on April 1, 2010 at 6:30 AM

    >How kind and thoughtful. Thank YOU Rachelle.

  51. Lori on April 1, 2010 at 5:46 AM

    >I'm pretty sure you must be the most awesome agent ever. I can't wait to query you.

  52. charlotteotter on April 1, 2010 at 5:27 AM

    >What an incredibly gracious post. Thank YOU for it Rachel. I've been reading your blog for months when not in my cellar, writing my first novel, and this has moved me to delurk and comment.

    Wishing you a wonderful Easter.

  53. Ian on April 1, 2010 at 5:10 AM

    >And thank you Rachelle for all the great blog posts.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

  54. Little Ms Blogger on April 1, 2010 at 4:49 AM

    >Great post.

  55. Ellen Brickley on April 1, 2010 at 4:01 AM

    >Thanks Rachelle, that's so sweet 🙂

  56. T. Anne on April 1, 2010 at 1:15 AM

    >Aww, that was so sweet! I love this post.

  57. Kim Kasch on April 1, 2010 at 1:10 AM

    >And thanks to you for all you do.

    Hope you and yours have a Happy, Healthy, Holiday Weekend 🙂

  58. Stephanie L. McGee on April 1, 2010 at 1:08 AM

    >Lovely post.