Monday, May 19, 2008

Honor, Courage, Commitment

I just had probably the most annoying trip in my history of taking trips—a delayed departure, a turbulent flight, rainy weather, the worst sinus infection EVER, my luggage on the return flight was searched through and about $40 of toiletries were confiscated…the last few days have been trying to say the very least (hence the delayed post).

All of that complaining aside, I should explain where I went and why: my younger brother graduated from the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, Rhode Island. Next year he will begin his first year at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. My parents, my grandparents and I all took time out of our busy schedules to celebrate my brother’s honor, courage and commitment to his higher education and ultimately, to his country. If you can’t already tell, I’m extremely proud!

Our homes are full of Navy Pride right now, and I’ve had some time to think about these three words that signify the Navy: honor, courage and commitment—and how they apply to my own life—a big part of which is now publicizing your books.

Honor: It’s an honor to work with a group of such dedicated and talented women. I’ve always loved books, so to work with them in any way is a dream come true. To talk about them, read them, show them to other people—this is what I want to do! But to work with the fabulous Sourcebooks Casablanca authors is not only loads of fun but inspiring!

Courage: I think it is safe to say that it has taken a lot of courage on all of our parts to get where we all are today. I know I was scared out of my mind applying for jobs in PR, but I’m happy with where my efforts have taken me. I’m sure it takes a huge leap of faith to send away your writing and hope that someone likes it! Courage comes in many forms—even some of your novels’ heroes and heroines found their sources of courage, whether within themselves or in each other.

Commitment: All of you are so committed to your books—I feel so spoiled to have such devoted authors! You’re also dedicated to one another; I think this blog showcases a community of authors that strive for a successful line of books across the board. I’m just as committed—coming up with innovative ideas for promotion, making new connections, giving you all advice on what to do once your feet are in the door, etc. Book PR is constantly changing and it takes a lot of perseverance: something I plan on doing for each of you.

Now, I’m not about to go to one of the toughest school sin the country or pledge service to the Navy like my lil bro, but I think, in my own little funny way, I (and all of you) am doing what I can to exemplify honor, courage, and commitment.


  1. Danielle~

    Fabulous post. I'm thrilled for you and your family. Your pride is well-deserved. I have six family members in the reserves and on active duty, and a son who can't wait to join the military.

    As for your honor, commitment, and courage, I appreciate all you've done for us. The way I look at it, we're all part of a team. It takes a village, and I'm so proud and honored to be a part of the Casablanca/Sourcebooks team.

    Robin :)

  2. Danielle,
    I can't believe you were right here in my town this weekend! I wish I had known that!! I live five miles from the base. Funny!! Sorry getting here was so lousy.

    We definitely appreciate all you do for us, and Robin is right, it does take a village to sell our books and to make our line successful. We're very glad to have you in our village!

  3. Danielle--you have every right to be so proud of your brother. My husband was in the army for 5 years and I'm always so thankful for all our military men and women do for our country.

    Great post! I'm new to this blog but hope to visit more often.

  4. Robin- how cool to have a huge military family! I have a cousin in the Air Force that was just sent to Korea as well, so we're very proud of everyone and all that they do!

    Marie- I remember you mentioning you were in RI! We probably passed right by your house, hahaha.

    Stacey- Glad to have you with us! Thanks to your husband as well for his service.

    And to everyone--it's fun to be a part of this community, too. I was a little skeptical of blogging at first, but it's given me a tiny creative outlet every few days, haha!

  5. You probably did drive right by me, Danielle. LOL! My husband is retired from the Navy and was stationed on that same base when I met him in (gulp) 1990. After growing up in a Navy town, I said I'd NEVER marry a military guy. Never say never!

  6. GREAT POST, Danielle!
    And how very appropriate with Memorial Day fast approaching.

    I'm tickled pink that you made the commitment to blog with us! It truly is about developing a sense of community. If we build a positive name recognition for the entire line, we help everybody. I believe it is Sherrilyn Kenyon who says, "A rising tide floats all boats." Like a tide, this is a slow build, but if we are all committed to making it work, we will all rise!

    I too am honored to be a part of this great group of writers,

  7. Danielle,

    I extend my congratulations to your little brother and your whole family. What a great moment for you all--thanks so much for sharing. Also, thanks for your kind words, and you're absolutely right about the courage. I had no idea how much I would need to get this done.

  8. Danielle,
    Congrats to your brother! I know just how proud you are of him.
    We're lucky to have you on our team.

  9. I know how proud you are, Danielle! My son will be commissioned in the AF next May and I can't be more proud of him. When he was little, he asked me one day as I put on my combat boots if boys could be in the Army too. :) Sure, and the AF also. So I'm just as proud of your brother, Danielle. I guess they allow boys in the Navy too. :)