I am blessed to work in a community where people are kind and help one another. During my career 99.9% of the writers I have come across have been helpful, gentle, kindhearted, inspirational and professional. There may be an occasional bad apple in the mix, but the rest are so shiny, bright and beautiful that there's no need to talk about the flawed, um, fruit.
I will never forget the day I was wandering around lost at a conference and Sabrina Jeffries asked me to join her for breakfast. I guess I looked as lost as I felt.
Forever I will remember that Janet Evanovich and Meg Cabot BOTH agreed to let me interview them simply because I asked!
Diana Peterfreund line-edited my first and very sucky query letter, showing me what needs to go in one of those bad boys. NY Times Bestselling author, Gemma Halliday, critiqued one of my chapters, giving me courage to submit what became my first sale. Kristina McMorris beta-read my first novella and showed me a thing or two about GMC. Once she explained to me what GMC stood for.