Do you express your gratitude out of habit, like a throwaway, or because you mean it? Saying “thank you” can be easily overlooked, and in today’s society, the phrase might seem pointless.
“Thank you” tells of gratitude. The recipient feels good upon hearing you say the phrase, and the giver feels glad they said something.
As author girl Vicki, I recently attended a book convention, my first since Covid struck. The affair was not a humongous two thousand-attendee event but on the smaller side which was more intimate.
As I reflected on the experience and the people I met, I realized I had to add more to my thank yous–
To the readers–you adopted my friend and me. You wanted to know about my books. You bought some and have already written a review. You brought me chocolate, cookies, and water. You saved me a seat at mealtimes. You danced and laughed with me at the parties. You shared heart-to-heart moments.
To the two readers–who stopped at the book signing and said they had already subscribed to my newsletter. Thank you! My heart went squishy wishy. Your comment gave value to what I do as an author.
To the many authors–who laughed with me. What fun to get to know you. And to those who I already know, great to see you again.
To the organizer of the book event and the superb volunteers—you rock! The convention ran seamlessly and looked stunning. From documenting the donated baskets to the ease in purchasing books to the smooth registration, you provided everything.
I hate to think I left someone out, but most likely, I did.
Saying “thank you” is nice. Let’s remember to appreciate what others have done for us because the great reward is for ourselves as well.
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I loved this Vicki! It means so much when we get a chance to talk to readers and other writers as well. But I love hearing a reader has enjoyed my book.
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I was on cloud nine when I got a review after the conference. The validation as an author and that it was good is always a nice feeling.
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Hi Vicki, your blog is such a good reminder to stop and really mean a thank you. I also enjoy hearing from readers. It’s so nice of them to take the time comment on a book. 🙂
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I said I needed a description sheet for my raffle basket and the woman who created those walked next to me and overheard what I’d said. She felt bad. I didn’t want her to feel that way and apologized with a “thank you.” Next time, I saw what nice work she’d done. I’m glad I apologized and expressed my gratitude.
Hey, Vicki, so glad you got to go to the convention. It’s great to have real people say they like your books. Thank you is so important. I also paying sincere compliments is important. It kind of goes hand in hand. Loved your post. “Thanks!” 🙂 I shared.