Thomas Locke

The Note I Received After My Trip to Singapore

Encouraging words mean so much to authors!

I just returned from two very intense weeks in Singapore and Malaysia. Once every three years, there is a conference to help raise the quality of publishing, editing, and writing in the developing world.

This is the second time I’ve had the honor of participating as teacher of the writing track. It remains a highlight of my career. I had 92 students from 31 countries, and was assisted by five simultaneous translators, including Mandarin and Laotian.

thumb-merchantUpon returning, I opened this lovely note from Mary Sivertsen, one of the readers who will be reviewing my upcoming fantasy novel, Merchant of Alyss. I cannot begin to say how much her encouragement means. Mary gave me permission to share her note with you:

“I received the ARC of Merchant of Alyss so I decided to re-read Emissary before feasting on the new book.

I just wanted to tell you that you are simply heads and tails above so many authors. I am always reading something and it’s so often the case where a story just disappears into the mass of other words read over time. It’s not easy to stand out in a world of prolific mediocrity, yet you do!

As I began reading Emissary, I sighed with deep satisfaction knowing I was going to be rewarded for my time with a story so real and characters so full of life, that the heroes feel like friends I would want in real life. I’m so looking forward to Merchant of Alyss.

Thank you for always giving your best and the hard work and effort it takes to create something of this caliber. It does not goes unnoticed. Please keep writing!!”

During this season of giving thanks, I encourage you to send an encouraging note to someone who has impacted your life.

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