Waaayyyy back in 2005, I sent a proposal in to Llewellyn Worldwide Publishing, and got a reply from a woman named Elysia Gallo saying, "I'd like to read more." Bless her heart.
That was the beginning of something wonderful--my relationship with my acquisitions editor, whose birthday is today. Over the course of the last six years (and six books, counting the current one), Elysia has worked tirelessly to make me a better author, shepherded me through the many hurdles of being a published writer, and (occasionally) kept me from shooting myself in the foot.
We first got to meet in person at Pantheacon in 2008, and that was the beginning of something even more wonderful--a friendship based on mutual respect and many shared interests. We both love books, of course, and Witchy things, and cats. And we both have gorgeous foreign husbands (no, wait--that's just her) and fascinating careers in the publishing industry (no, dang it--her again). Well, we have a lot in common. And also, she is one of the smartest, funniest, all-around cool people I know.
We are professionals first, and never lose track of that. But we also have a lot of fun together, even when we are being "Editrix" and "Authoress."
If you are an author, I hope you are lucky enough to get an editor like this. And if you're not, I hope you get to have someone this nice as a friend.
So happy birthday, Editrix. Getting to know you has been one of the best "perks" of being published.
Lots of love,
My step-daugher Jenn, me and Elysia eating out during Pantheacon in 2011.