The team on my book, The Hillary Effect, who helped me get it into the wider world is most on my mind this year, especially on Thanksgiving weekend.
So, I thought I’d share the Acknowledgement page with you all today.
Many people skip over this page, but to any author it’s one of the most important pages, a paragraph of it devoted to many of you, including Joyce, Stacy, Art and the other guest bloggers like WonktheVote, but also Dash of Dan.
Every writer should be so blessed as to have a creative tour de force like Judith Proffer in her corner.
Thanks to Hugh Syme who took the cover and made it extraordinary.
…A nod to Spencer Proffer for all he does when someone wants to manifest magic.
I’m grateful to Premier Digital Publishing for knowing the story I was telling could be of interest to a lot of people.
Eric Estrin, my copy editor and fact checker, made a real difference, and I’m grateful to him for it.
Along the way, as I quietly researched and wrote, while continuing my daily political analysis on my site (www.taylormarsh.com), talented bloggers took over on the weekends, giving me some time, unbeknownst to them, to concentrate on excavating this political tale. Now maybe they’ll know how important their contributions have been to me over the two years it took to get this book written and published. As for my readers, I’m forever indebted to them for sticking around in happy times and through rougher ones, but always coming back because they trusted the political analysis I offered. This book is because of them, too.
Lorie Miller, V.P. of Web Services at Agora Net, is the tech guru behind my website who makes it sing. It has been a never-ending retooling enterprise for her, and I’m extremely lucky to have Lorie’s generous patience.
I’ve met a lot of people along my “Hillary Effect” journey and have communicated with even more, from insiders to regular voters — individuals who shared their stories that helped me get the full picture. The outpouring of information and passion that came my way over several years enlightened my efforts and kept me on the trail, reconfirming time and again just how important Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential candidacy was to American politics and women’s history.
As for my beloved sister Susie, who forgave my unintended sins that are too numerous to list, as well as my brother Larry, the only father I’ve ever known, they always supported the hell-bent nature of my artistic soul.
But my mother Marjorie made it all possible. The bravest soul I’ll ever know, she stayed alive through grit and heart, because she was determined to send me into the wider world with the same courage she had and a code that came from an abiding faith in something greater than self.
To my blue-collar husband who bet it all to move us to Washington, D.C. after the 2008 election, there just aren’t enough words. He sacrificed a lot, but never stopped knowing I was onto something, even when things turned bleak and got rough. His unending support was my fuel.
So, somewhere between “Countin’ on a Miracle” (by Bruce Springsteen) and beyond “Cost of Livin’” (by Ronnie Dunn), this book manifested and got into your hands.
It’s finally safe to say I have survived the road less traveled, which isn’t for the faint of heart. Actually, I did a lot better than survive and can happily report the view from here is spectacular.
“We can never tell what is in store for us.”
— Harry S. Truman