This is a time of year when people look at the highs and lows of their year. But I reckon I’ve blown my trumpet loud enough all year. So instead, I’m going to pay tribute to all the people who have helped and supported me in my writing endeavours this year.
To all the people who bought and read The Pink Cage. And then said nice things about it. It means the world. Special thanks to Lorna Sixsmith, who put the book forward for her Bloggers’ Book Club.
To my publisher, Book Republic, for bringing the book to life, especially to Karen Hayes, who dealt patiently with all my queries.
To all the people who came to my launch, two signings and readings. Again, your support gives me wings.Particular thanks to Suzanne Power, for launching my book and to all those people who travelled or who made an extra effort to find a hole in their hectic schedules to come.
To all the people who spread the word about the book on traditional and social media, including Orla Shanaghy, Sian Philips, Nadine O’Regan and Liam Power.
To my creative writing students, who lapped it up and clamoured for more, who were brave, imaginative and full of compassion, especially Pauline Bracken, Gillian Harpur and Mary Cranitch.
To my regular business clients, especially Kanchi, Conrad Howard and David Hegarty, for their ongoing support and for being a pleasure to deal with.
To all the people who have used my services in various forms throughout the year. It was great to make new contacts and I hope I can be of service to you again in the future.
To all the people who referred my services to others, especially Samantha Clooney, John Tierney and Mags Durand. Thanks for the vote of confidence.
To all the people who gave me advice throughout the year, especially Karen Frampton, Fintan Power and David Rogers. I’m going to make sure I put it all to good use.
To the people who trusted me to edit and evaluate their manuscripts, especially Paddy Connolly and Stan Philips. Thanks for taking the leap of faith.
To all my regular correspondents on social media, especially Jamesie Heaney, Michelle Moloney King, Louise Philips and Derek Flynn. Nice to know I’m not making a leap in the dark.
Merry Christmas to you all from the person known variously as WriteWords, writerlyderv, ThePinkCage, or just plain Derbhile.