I hope you are all having a good week and are ready for the Labor Day Weekend ;o)
So, I have one of the best day jobs ever. I love what I do, I love what I'm learning every day, but most of all I love my team. I have an amazing set of people that are rooting for me in every aspect of my life. As some of you may know, I have technically 3 jobs. I have my day job, I edit for Entangled Publishing and I write. Honestly? I love all three of my jobs and I have no intention of leaving any of them any time soon. But my team at my day job is with me the most, so it's important that they "get me".
A good team will help lift up their team members in more aspects than just what they do for the job. A good example of this is before I was going to go out on submission with a particular book. I had two people on my team ask to read it, and they gave me honest feedback and supported my choices. They are also there when I get those dreaded rejections. They may not understand the whole process, but they support me and know that it stings. There's a real kindness in that kind of unconditional support. Especially from people who you aren't married to/dating or is part of your family.
I also have a boss who loves that I edit and write. She says it even helps me in my job at our company. I know a lot of companies that may not understand having all these extra jobs, but mine does and they encourage me in these endeavors.
When someone supports you unconditionally like that? It makes a huge difference. This is something my team doesn't have to do, but it makes a big difference to me that I can share this part of my life with them.
They're also a team that raised money and walked for the American Heart Association to support me with my heart defect.
Sometimes it's the small things in life that make the biggest differences <3
erica m. chapman is a YA writer represented by Judith Engracia of Liza Dawson Associates. An Associate Editor at Entangled Publishing, founding YA Misfit, contributor for All The Write Notes, and an honorary Foo Fighter. You can find her at ericachapman.com or on twitter as @ericamchapman.