October 7, 2019- On Friday, I was fortunate enough to attend the ALDS game 1 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx. It was an epic game with quite possibly one of the greatest catches of the playoffs made by number 99 (Aaron Judge). Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love baseball and team sports, but I think there’s a lesson here that has to do with writing…let me explain.
Do you know why the Yankees are one of few teams in the MLB that don’t have the players names on the back of their uniforms? Because they believe that NO ONE PLAYER IS GREATER THAN THE TEAM AS A WHOLE. Read that again and let it sink in. The same thing goes for me and my team-no one is greater than the team as a whole and as a team we are much stronger than individual authors. We have the same goals in mind, we are moving in the same direction, and we all have our specific talents that we celebrate together. Everyone on this team has something special and unique about them, but at the end of the day, we all play for the same House.
The same thing goes for publishing, the author is only part of the story. To get a book to publication and on the shelf, it takes a literal team of people to make it happen. It takes everyone from illustrators, to graphic artists, to marketing people, to cover designers, to book store owners, and a bunch more people in between to get a book to market; that’s why no one can do this alone and it’s important to remember that we are not the ones who make it happen by ourselves even though we may be the ones front and center sometimes.
So, I’d like to personally thank each and every one of my teammates for making this House as strong as it is and for being the amazing people they are.