As an avid reader, I spend my life searching for books worth reading. And until recently, I never realised the effort which went into writing a book. I could try and explain why this is the case but then this letter would be about me when it really should be about you. This letter is a thank you for all that you do.
Bravery is often unthought of when we think of writing, but thank you for being brave. It is not easy to share a part of yourself with the world for them to judge, but thank you for having the courage to try. It can be hard not knowing how people will react, but each time there will be something which you can learn from and be encouraged by.
Originality is so much harder than I realised. Thank you for coming up with new ideas, new ways of entertaining us readers so that we want more. I think it’s one of those things where we can only notice its absence, ignoring its presence, so thank you for your imagination, your effort in creating a new world that we can travel to even if it’s a lot like our own.
Opportunities with books are endless. They can entertain and they can educate but only because the author wants them to. Thank you for taking the time to write, creating opportunities for your readers, giving them a chance to see their world with new eyes.
Kinship is why I keep reading. Readers refer to some books as friends because there was something in the book which made us feel. We can’t always put our finger on it, but it’s something which makes us feel a little less alone in our world, connected with those we will never meet.
Success looks different for all people, so congratulations on your success no matter how it looks. It’s worth celebrating your own success not comparing it to everyone else.
So thank you to everyone who writes whether I’ve read your work or not. Thank you for your bravery, your originality, the opportunities you create, the kinship you give and your success.