Thursday, December 30, 2010

Reflections on an amazing year

As 2010 comes to an end, I am now reflecting on this past year. It was an amazing one in many respects. I was fortunate to see my first novel, J'Adore New York,  published in three languages by three major publishers.  I am truly grateful for everyone's amazing support and would like to thank all of you who read my work, encouraged and supported me throughout this project. I have made many new friends this year, including some incredible bloggers, loyal readers, book reviewers, fellow writers and book sales associates. Some of you even brought tears to my eyes ( many times!) and if you are reading this, you know who you are!

However, for those of you who may not be aware, this book took me four years to complete and I literally poured every bit of my soul, energy and blood into it. Looking back now,it feels it was totally worth every effort. For aspiring writers that
have a manuscript hidden somewhere along with a dream of seeing your work published, I say never give up.

I persisted for years despite receiving countless rejection letters from literary agents and publishers.  All I can say is that you should listen your intuition; it will pay off, believe me. If you want more details about my arduous path, you can read an essay I wrote about it here.

I am also grateful for the loved ones and good friends in my life who bring me enormous joy.

In reflecting on this past year, I have also given some thought on what changes I'd like to make to this blog and, one of my resolutions is to post a bit more about myself, including my writing and maybe even add personal picture ( or two!)

I wish you a very happy 2011, filled with joy, creativity, health and love.

And remember to never stop pursuing your precious dreams.

(Images Marie-Claire Turkey)


The Simply Luxurious Life said...

Isabelle, congratulations on the success of your book. You are an inspiration to me (as one who aspires to be published) and I know to so many other people. I genuinely enjoyed your book and shared it with my readers a few weeks ago in my newsletter. I look forward to your second.

I wish you a lovely and happy new year. It has been a pleasure meeting you this year. Thank you for taking the time to stop by, as I know you are busy. :)


Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi said...

Thank you so much for this lovely post and the inspiration to perservere and reach for your dreams.

Wishing you a new year filled with all the wonderful things in life including happiness and continued success. Can't wait to read more great things from you! xo

The Buzz said...

Happy New Year, Isabelle, and all the best for 2011! Perhaps a trip to New York is in store? Hope so!

Life is a Runway said...

Congradulations on that big acheivement! I found that very inspiring and i hope that this year only gets better. Happy new year!