Monday, April 16, 2012

We Are Not Alone: A Guest Post by S. M. Boyce

We Are Not Alone....

No, this isn’t a post about aliens. I’m talking about gratitude.

I wanted to take a moment to step back from the marketing ideas, plot developments, writing advice, blogs, Google Analytics, SEO…*takes a deep breath* You get what I’m saying.

So often, we lose ourselves to the busy, busy, business of life and forget that we can’t make it alone. We all need someone, whether it’s the book blogger who reviewed your book, the reader who tweeted you to tell you they loved it, the friend who let vent about a bad review (in private), or the spouce/significant other/family member who is just always there, always encouraging. No matter how hard you work, life isn’t something you can go alone. Well, I guess it can be, but it’s a lonely place.

Sure, I wrote The Grimoire: Lichgates. I designed and outlined the trilogy. The world of Ourea is my original idea, and the characters are quite often drawn from bits and piece of the people I know in my life. But my husband could have complained when I preferred writing to watching TV with him. Instead, he asked me how much further I got each night. He read my book. He brainstormed with me. Hell, the man knows the plots for every single one of my novels and helped me work through the rougher, more complicated kinks when I had trouble. He’s honest when something sucks. That’s huge! He’s amazing. I don’t think I could have made it here without him.

And then there are my beta readers: my parents, of course, and my writing friends. Darling authors like Rebecca Hamilton and my editor, Stuart Kirby . There were book bloggers like J. Scott Sharp , Rob Zimmermann , Jessica Fortunato , C. J. Listro , and too many more to name. My readers made a longtime dream come true: I am an internationally read author.

Thank you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.

If you want to make a difference, go thank someone today. Give someone a hug, or tell them how much they helped you.

It takes a second, but it’ll make their day.


  1. This is so true. We all need someone to help us get through life. It took me a while to fully appreciate letting people into my little world, but it helped a good amount overall.

    Thank you for the thank you! You deserve a huge thank you and hug for not only your amazing work as an author but for the amazing friend and human (or Hillsidian?) you are.

    1. LOL You are too awesome, Rob. I'm just grateful that you enjoyed reading Lichgates as much as I enjoyed writing it! It's been a pleasure getting to know you.

  2. Well said. Nothing I can say can add to your wise words.

  3. I am thankful every day that I met you on Twitter. You are an amazing person, a fantastic writer and an exceptional example to me. I have said it before and I will're like my sister!
    This is a great example of the way to feel about things and i am grateful that you have allowed me to post this on my blog.Thanks for everything, Boyce!