Pay it Forward: Thank YOU!

Pay it Forward

Hello, everyone! We’ve had an amazing week of giving thanks and paying forward our many blessings. For those of you that missed it, the idea came about after we heard about a book called Poison by Bridget Zinn. We we so, so, so inspired and moved by her story—and by what her husband is doing for her—that we just had to participate.

PoisonThe idea came about after we heard about a book called Poison by Bridget Zinn. We we so, so, so inspired and moved by her story—and by what her husband is doing for her—that we just had to participate.

For those of you who haven’t heard about Bridget or her book, she was a librarian and writer who finally reached her dream of publication. But she passed away last year without getting to see her book release. Her final, beautiful tweet to the world was, “Sunshine and a brand new book. Perfect.”

Many of us here at Pub(lishing) Crawl cried and cried after reading Bridget’s story—and we all realized how very, very blessed we are. We thought the best way to count our blessings would be to give some back. So today, we’re going to give thanks to the books that inspired us to enter the writing/publishing business.

But first, a bit about Bridget’s book Poison:

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

If you want to help spread the word, please head here fore more information or simply tweet/Facebook/whatever about it. It released on Tuesday, and we LOVE seeing how much attention it has been getting all over the internet.

Query CritiqueOn our final day of the Pay it Forward week, we wanted to give a giant THANK YOU to all of our readers. You guys are one of our many, many blessings—we wouldn’t even have this blog if not for you! Your readership, your comments, your tweets, and all the various ways you take time to interact with us makes this entire blog thing happen.
We started Pub(lishing) Crawl 15 months ago, and look at how much it has grown! We couldn’t be prouder or happier, and it wouldn’t be this way if not for YOU!

To show our thanks, I (Sooz) thought I would give away a query critique! Or, if you’d rather have me critique your first 5 pages, I can do that instead!

All you have to do below is leave a comment telling us something YOU’RE thankful for this week, and we’ll pick a winner next Friday.

And, one more time:

Thank you! ♥

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39 Responses to Pay it Forward: Thank YOU!

  1. Hong Mar 15 2013 at 9:28 am #

    I’m thankful for the beta readers and critique partners I’ve met this week who’ve helped me to polish my manuscript!

  2. Gwen Cole Mar 15 2013 at 9:36 am #

    I’m thankful for the writing community as a whole, without them I wouldn’t know half the stuff I do about the publishing world. And that includes you guys! <3

  3. Brooke Mar 15 2013 at 9:37 am #

    Every time I see something about this I cry, or tear up. I had the great opportunity to read this book as an ARC and I really enjoyed it. I had already posted my review, but this has inspired me to repost and tweet today. What an amazing woman she was and what a loss to the book community. I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love expressed this week.

  4. Cassie Mar 15 2013 at 10:04 am #

    I am so thankful for my family, who love and support me in everything I do. <3

  5. ellie M Mar 15 2013 at 10:06 am #

    I’m thankful for a lot of things. My health, my job, the people in my life. It’s hard to think of my life without these important things.
    I started reading Poison and I’m already in love with it.

  6. Lisa Dess Mar 15 2013 at 10:15 am #

    I’m thankful for my family this week 🙂 ….well I am every week actually

  7. Patricia Moussatche Mar 15 2013 at 10:31 am #

    I’m thankful for all the writers who are helping me along this journey.

  8. Christa Mar 15 2013 at 10:42 am #

    I’m really thankful for my family and for the wonderful community I’ve found online that supports all my writing endevaours

  9. Maggie J Mar 15 2013 at 10:43 am #

    I’m thankful for the support of people who truly care. There is nothing better than true love.

  10. prerna pickett Mar 15 2013 at 10:45 am #

    I love this story, as heartbreaking as it is. I love that the writing community has gotten together to bring it to light. With that said, this week I’m grateful for my loved ones, that I have another day with them because you never know when it’ll end.

  11. Natalie Aguirre Mar 15 2013 at 11:37 am #

    I’m thankful that my husband has remained relatively helpful, that I have an awesome teenage daughter, and that I’m Casey’s blog partner at Literary Rambles.

  12. Donna L Martin Mar 15 2013 at 11:41 am #

    I am thankful and grateful for this close knit writing community. My computer has been down all week and writer friends have been helpimg me out til my new modem arrives…

    Donna L Martin

  13. Rebekah C Mar 15 2013 at 12:42 pm #

    I’m thankful for wonderful authors like you, Sooz. Plus I have an amazing family, great friends and a book club, writing group that truly inspire me 🙂

  14. Alexa Mar 15 2013 at 12:56 pm #

    I am thankful for my friends/betas who read my stuff when I’m wibbling and reassure me that I’m not terrible. I also super thankful to the online writing community for providing an endless supply of advice, success stories and inspiration.

  15. Jessi Mar 15 2013 at 1:13 pm #

    I’m thankful for the internet – it has opened so many doors to possibilities I wouldn’t have thought possible. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I couldn’t imagine seriously attempting it without the ability to connect with anyone in the world almost instantly.

  16. S.P.Bowers Mar 15 2013 at 1:18 pm #

    Even though it’s been a crazy week and everyone is cranky I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful they’re here and that we can have both the good days and the bad days.

    I’m also thankful that I can escape to writing every now and again.

  17. Alana Mar 15 2013 at 1:45 pm #

    This week I am thankful for hope. It’s amazing how such a seemingly small thing can make such a grand difference.

  18. Jasmine Stairs Mar 15 2013 at 1:47 pm #

    I’m thankful for the meal plan here at school! It’s GOOD food, and in the last few weeks I’ve been using it to bribe me though the horrifying amount of school work I have to do right now. Thank God for homemade bread, and fresh veggies, and pie, and pasta, etc.

  19. cait Mar 15 2013 at 3:25 pm #

    I’m totally thankful for my sister. Not only is she my awesome and devious critique partner and fellow writer, she’s loads of fun. 😉 We keep each other writing.

  20. Bess Mar 15 2013 at 3:59 pm #

    That is such a heartbreaking story. I definitely teared up reading her agent’s words about her. I’m 33 right now, so it feels a little closer to home too. Anyway, I’m thankful to be having a little baby boy, hopefully next week. That’s something that should make all the trivial things in my life fade away, but, probably because I’m human, doesn’t always. Maybe today I can try to be grateful for him.

  21. Rosie Mar 15 2013 at 6:18 pm #

    I am thankful for all the advice and encouragement I find from the writing community, for all who take the time to share their experiences, offer words of wisdom and reassurance to aspiring writers. You ease our struggles and keep us going. Thank you.

  22. Kim Mar 15 2013 at 7:56 pm #

    I’m grateful for all the new book blogger friends I’ve made this week. I recently started my own and I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve been accepted into the YA blogger community. I’m also EXTREMELY thankful that my pitch has been accepted as one of the pitches to be used in WriteOnCon’s Pitch Festival.

  23. Anna J. Boll Mar 15 2013 at 8:38 pm #

    I am thankful for friends who take your side when you need it most and never spare you the truth.

  24. Vivianna Mar 15 2013 at 11:53 pm #

    I am thankful for all the wonderful authors who’s books fill my shelves and my soul with happiness.

  25. Alwyn Mar 16 2013 at 3:04 am #

    I am always thankful for my family. But on a bookish note, this week, as I read this, and prepare off to Amsterdam (the setting of John Green’s tFioS) with a mild cold and not something worse, I am very thankful for my health.

  26. Deborah Kreiser Mar 16 2013 at 3:09 pm #

    I’m thankful that I took the leap and started writing a book when I thought I had no idea what I was doing . . . and then found the most wonderful, supportive community ever. Thanks, fellow writers. Whether or not we are published, you all reinforce my belief in the good in the world, every day.

  27. Lori T. Mar 16 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Every time I’ve read Bridget’s story this week, I’ve shed a few tears. It’s one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever read, but uplifting in a way, because she was such a positive person. Her spirit makes us all grateful for what we do have, and to cherish it as long as we have it. As for myself, I’m always very thankful for everyone who’s helped me along my writing journey, from experienced writers (holla, Sooz!), to friends, to authors, agents, and book bloggers who give much-needed advice online. No one can successfully write alone, and I wouldn’t have made it this far without them.

  28. Sorcha Mar 17 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    I’m thankful that no matter what I’ve wanted to be, do or study – no matter how unconventional – I’ve always had the full support of my family. They have always hugely encouraged me to be artistic and creative and to never do something I didn’t love just because it seems like the thing I SHOULD do.

  29. Tiffany Drew Mar 17 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    What an incredible story. I’m thankful for my amazing family who make me laugh and keep me on my toes.

  30. oh! paper pages Mar 18 2013 at 2:02 am #

    I am thankful that Anne Bishop wrote Written in Red – it is fantastic and I have already read it twice. I am also thankful that I got to spend time with my little niece.

  31. Jennifer Mar 18 2013 at 7:23 am #

    Thank you for this wonderful resource! I’ve just finished my first full-length MS and am having all kinds of headaches getting my stuff ready to send out!

  32. Annie Mar 18 2013 at 11:43 am #

    I’m thankful for really good books that push me to keep writing even when I want to be lazy 🙂

  33. Clare Taylor Mar 18 2013 at 1:16 pm #

    I’m thankful for my boys. Every day I wonder what I did right. And also, chocolate – the 70% stuff, obviously…

  34. Kemendraugh Mar 18 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    This past weekend was a tough one for me, and I’m thankful for my friends who insisted on cheering me up 🙂

  35. Steph Mar 19 2013 at 1:35 am #

    Ah! Almost forgot to enter this one (and it’s such a cool prize!)…I could probably write a book about all the things I’m thankful for, but since I got mail from my people back home with my favorite Easter candies I can’t get around here, I’m going with I’m thankful for them and the candy supply. 🙂

  36. Mel C Mar 19 2013 at 6:12 pm #

    I’m thankful for readers – without them, none of us would be here!

  37. Natasha Mar 19 2013 at 11:06 pm #

    I’m thankful for the support my husband provides to allow me to stay at home to work on my dream. I’m a lucky girl! <3

  38. A. Barone Mar 20 2013 at 11:14 pm #

    I’m thankful that I have three great friends who read my works. Two live right around the corner from me, but the third lives all the way in Australia. She and I have been penpals for years and I actually met her through when she posted one of her stories. Without my friends to talk to, I’m sure that half of my literary problems wouldn’t have been worked through. They are the best and they mean the world to me. ^_^

  39. Jessica Silva Mar 20 2013 at 11:37 pm #

    Sooz gives the best query critiques 🙂

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