A New Year’s toast to you, our authors!

Two thousand twelve has been a banner year at the Word Process – and we owe it all to you, our authors. We have been privileged to work on some wonderful books this year. We have traveled from a small village in Togo to the horrific civil war in Liberia to the wilds of Patagonia through your work – and it has been quite a ride.

We have learned from your non-fiction books about evil, politics, metropolitan overcrowding, the spiritual side of yoga and its effect on stress, staying in shape, dealing with serious illness, being a good mother and still taking care of yourself, and dieting.

Your memoirs have made us laugh and cry. We have edited true stories that trace a family’s Civil War roots, describe growing up in Attapulgus, Georgia, and lay out the horrors of survival in crack infested DC. We have worked on the autobiographies of a major sports team owner, a famous journalist, and a doctor, whose own experience with epilepsy, has informed her practice.

But most of all, the year of the dragon has been the year of the novel here at the Word Process. Your work has included stories about the CIA run amuck, the evil of pharmaceutical multinationals, foreign and homegrown terrorists, an international television network, a spa for the well-heeled, a sci-fi post-apocalyptic southwest, a housewife who takes Hollywood by storm, Sicily in the 19th century, magical realism in the 18th century and a variety of clever murder mysteries.

We have worked in every fiction genre. We have been transported to fantasy worlds and settled in here at home with mainstream fiction. We have reviewed children’s books about dog and cat pals, a hedgehog and his pine tree home, and a pair of hummingbirds that make friends with a group of children.

You have had a great publishing year as the postings on our Facebook page attest. Some of you have found traditional publishers and numerous others have self-published. Others are working with agents or in the process of publishing. It has been exciting to see your books in print and to post your accomplishments as our trophies.

As always, we are in awe of your dedication, your discipline, your prolific-ness, your enthusiasm, your various talents and most of all…your stories. We want to offer you our heartfelt thanks and a round of applause. None of you is paid for writing. You do it in your spare time, often in addition to working a full-time job, and you work hard at it. You can be sure of no reward; the desire to tell your story, fiction or non-fiction, keeps you at it.

So, to all our authors and would-be authors: skip the resolutions and just continue to follow your muses. We can’t wait to see what you produce in 2013.

For last year's words belong to last year's language
And next year's words await another voice.
And to make an end is to make a beginning.

~T.S. Eliot, "Little Gidding"