I've written the book, done my final edits and I'm awaiting feedback from my beta readers. Anathema is getting so very close to publication and I can't wait to announce a date!
In the meantime I still have a billion things to do. One of the final pieces I've been most excited to write are the acknowledgments. A book doesn't happen on its own, and if it does, then, um, perhaps you ought to let a couple people read it before you put it out there.
I began writing Anathema in January of 2009. It's been touched by many, many different people and I want to thank every one of them. It's a good thing I started a list of who helped when I began writing the novel. Yes, I am a creative person, but I'm also very organized.
Writing can be a very solitary profession, but if you reach out and connect with other writers you'll find not only your writing enriched, but also your life. There's nothing like having colleagues to whine to when the writing's tough. No one understands your literary ups and downs more than people who are riding the roller coaster with you.
So, no matter where you are in your writing process, keep track of those who've helped you along the way. I've made some amazing friendships and strengthened others through my writing. That, in itself, is a fantastic award.