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

  1. Stephanie L. McGee says:

    >Lovely post.

  2. Kim Kasch says:

    >And thanks to you for all you do.

    Hope you and yours have a Happy, Healthy, Holiday Weekend :)

  3. T. Anne says:

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

  4. Ellen Brickley says:

    >Thanks Rachelle, that's so sweet :)

  5. Little Ms Blogger says:

    >Great post.

  6. Ian says:

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

    Have a great holiday weekend.

  7. charlotteotter says:

    >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.

  8. Lori says:

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

  9. Matthew Rush says:

    >How kind and thoughtful. Thank YOU Rachelle.

  10. Krista Phillips says:

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

  11. themotherlode says:

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

  12. James Killick says:

    >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.

  13. Lydia Sharp says:

    >Beautiful. :) Thank you.

  14. Jason says:

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

    Happy Good Friday (early) to all!

  15. Lisa Jordan says:

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

  16. sharonbially says:

    >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.

  17. Lauren says:

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

  18. Taylor Taylor says:

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

  19. Loree H says:

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

  20. Sharon A. Lavy says:

    >How sweet Rachelle. Thank you.

  21. Lynsey Newton says:

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

  22. MJR says:

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

  23. Jeanne Lyet Gassman says:

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


  24. Jessica Nelson says:

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

  25. mkcbunny says:

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

  26. Eve Paludan says:

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

  27. Shawna Marie Bryant says:

    >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.

  28. Janna Qualman says:

    >What a wonderful post!

    Hope you have an equally wonderful weekend, Rachelle.

  29. Rowena says:

    >thanks back

  30. Care says:

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

    Thank you for noticing.:)

    Happy Easter!

  31. Mira says:


    Thank you.

  32. Dana Bryant says:

    >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.

  33. Melissa Dean says:


    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!


  34. Corina B says:

    >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.

  35. Jessica Kirkland says:

    >Really liked this post. Thanks.

  36. Lynda Young says:

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

  37. Lucy says:

    >Bless your heart. Hugs to you!

  38. Dorothy Dreyer says:

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

  39. Meghan Ward says:

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

  40. Kathryn Magendie says:

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

  41. Anne Lang Bundy says:

    >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.

  42. Sharon Mayhew says:

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

  43. T. Anne says:

    >Bless you and your family this Easter!

  44. T. Anne says:

    >Bless you and your family this Easter!

  45. Cynthia Watson says:

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

    Thank you.

  46. Amy Sorrells says:

    >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!

  47. Maureen says:

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

  48. Amanda G says:

    >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!

  49. Stacie says:

    >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.

  50. Lenore Buth at www.awomansview.typepad.com says:

    >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.

  51. T.J. Carson says:

    >I like this. It is very encouraging.

  52. Nick says:

    >I needed this. Thanks!

  53. cool dad says:

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

  54. prashant says:

    >that was so sweet! I love this post.
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