Oh hello there, it’s me again. So with only 5 days to go now until launch day, stress levels are rising. I had some more lovely, honest and thoughtful reviews over the weekend and am in equal parts excited and terrified about the book finally being almost available to the public.
Today I would like to take a moment to thank 2 people whose involvement with TTT is connected.
You all know Jill Girardi, right? The brains and beauty behind Kandisha Press, my NYC BFF? Well, because she is insanely awesome, she sometimes makes me submit to things. And sometimes those things are pretty damn big and cool like 25 Gates of Hell which also features no other than … Brian Keene.
Due to this amazing fact, Brian and I have a little interaction now and again despite me being in awe and looking like the village idiot whenever I talk with him. Then something even more baffling occurs … I get nominated for a Splatterpunk Award. Me. Award nomination … mind blown.
Again, this leads to some interaction and Brian is even kind enough to offer some words of advice. I start wondering whether to pluck up the courage to ask if he might read ONE of my stories so IF he likes it, maybe he could provide a short, general blurb. Only if he has time. Now I wouldn’t have even had the nerve to broach him about this if it wasn’t for our previous correspondence but thankfully, I was able to DM and ask.
And what does he say, this literary master? He says yes but – send the whole thing.
The rest you know since that blurb sits proudly on the cover of TTT.
“Janine Pipe’s first collection has made me an instant fan. A stellar debut!” Brian Keene.
A lot of people have asked, how they hell did YOU get a blurb from Brian Keene, and I am not offended by the question or the implication that someone as new to the community might not be deserving. But I tell them this, I treat everyone I *meet* with respect and loyalty and just being nice and patient can pay off. I have worked hard to make connections, form networks and friendships and to support others. I do that because it is just the type of person I am. I see/read something I love, I want to shout about it.
And sometimes that perseverance, hard work and humility pay off.
Brian may never know what an honour and privilege it is to have his name, his words on MY book. He likely doesn’t realise that enormous boost in confidence it gives me every time I look at the cover.
But I will always be eternally grateful.
To Jill for believing in me and affording me the opportunity to share a TOC with Brian, and to Brian himself for taking the time and a chance on this newbie.
I will never forget it.
Thank you for reading.