As both an author and a reader, I am thankful for everyone and everything that contributes to creating and enjoying a book.
I’m thankful for my eyesight, which I’ve come close to losing a number of times. I would’ve learned to read Braille, but how would I have been able to appreciate beautiful fonts and book covers?
Which leads me to being thankful for artists, designers, and photographers who make the presentation enjoyable. And the manufacturers of computers, layout programs, ink, paper, binding materials, printers, and large presses. Plus all the individuals who invented them or use them to produce books.
Although I’m a fan of printed paper, I’m also thankful for electronic devices that allow people to read more books conveniently.
I’m thankful for editors, publishers, and literary agents who never tire of reading others’ work and improving upon it (at least that I’ve seen admitted).
Speaking of improving another’s work, I cannot express enough thankfulness for critique groups. The critique partners I’ve had the honor to share manuscripts with are worth their weight in gold. And I give thanks to beta readers who read pre-published work for the love of reading and who offer their invaluable opinions.
I’m thankful for bookshelves and those who build them (including my loved ones–and you know who you are). And everyone who sells and buys books for bookshelves in schools, stores, and public libraries.
I give thanks for electricity and reading lamps and, on behalf of readers from centuries past as well as those who use them still, gas lamps and candles. Oh, yes, and sunlight. May darkness never hinder our reading.
Most of all, I am thankful for my Creator who guided me to write and for my country, where I am free to think, to write, and to read what I wish.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and I hope it includes reading a good book!