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I’m so happy for you! You deserve all of it ❀️❀️❀️

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A year? That's great! Congrats! Just read the first two chapters and enjoyed them. (You should do a graphic novel with me.)

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Aug 2Liked by Meaghan McIsaac

Omg, dying. This is so you. Congratulations, my friend, you deserve all the new success and all the new subscribers! πŸ₯°πŸ₯³πŸ˜

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You deserve the feature and new subscribers!! Congratulations! πŸ’–πŸ’–

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Wow congratulations, Meaghan!! :D On your newsletter recognition, your amazing writing and illustrations, and for your dedication to what you're working on now! Hurray!

I simply love The Bear House and Scales and Stardust SO much. Some of the best fantasy books EVER.

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Congratulations on the one year anniversary! 🍾 I have them sharks bookmarked already!

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"I always find myself battling the feeling that I’m an imposter. The idea that anyone ... would be interested in what I’m writing is a hard one to embrace. But I still put myself out there in the hopes that someone will read it. Isn’t that what we all do [in] the internet void?"

No, Meaghan. Sorry, I foreshortened the quote, but I love cupcakes and yours are very stylish. Thank you for your breezy, relevant piece, and thank you for the name of your blog, which made me laugh. Thanks.

As a preliminary: the "Internet void". I cannot calculate to what extent these words fell from your lips as a matter of second nature, or whether you anguished before writing them. I'm reminded of the tearful reaction of William Shatner, the Canadian actor, upon his return to Earth from an excursion to space in Jeff Bezos's spacecraft. His tears came when, after regarding the desolateness and cold nothingness of outer space, his gaze turned to the colourful, bounteous planet that is home. From the void to the filled. You are part of what you describe as a void, and doesn't it feel like that sometimes. However bustling it gets down on planet Earth, we shuttle between a feeling of warm togetherness on our Earth, and a detachment into sensory and actual void, away from what we want to be close to. If your expression was accidental, it gave me great food for thought. If it wasn't, you give me great food for thought.

Why do I publish? Why do you, why does anyone? The first ever printed publication was a work of some immense length, which had been published in handwritten form for many centuries before it hit the press. The purpose of printing it was to accelerate the speed at which it could be disseminated: I doubt whether any market research was done beforehand, but the edition was a runaway success and the work remains a top seller in the book market to this day: the Holy Bible.

What the printed bible brought with it, however, to the consternation of the authorities for which it was a hand- and rulebook in one and the same, was precisely what had been successfully prevented during the time when it was only copied by hand in monastery cloisters: accessibility by a general public, for which, for books, there had hitherto been none. Not a single one. No blockbusters, no best sellers, no queueing outside Blackwells for three weeks for Harry Potter, no book fairs, nothing but word of mouth, tittle tattle, hearsay and command edicts read forth by men in tricorn hats from mounted platforms in market squares. The bible that Luther translated from Latin into German was a printed, not a handwritten, work. I wonder why the Devil appeared before him and tried to *stop*, not encourage, his endeavour?

Meaghan, your mother and your cousin (convey to them hearty greetings from a fellow admirer of yours) may not lay the same faith in your words as Luther did in the words of the Holy Bible, and that, in any case, is not the test for whether or not to publish. The test is, instead, the faith that you place in the words that you yourself pen, much like the faith that William Caxton laid in the scriptures fed into his printing press. If it sells, it will be faith garnering bounty; but bounty is what it will garner even if it sells not, for the reward in a thing well done is to have done it, regardless of how others may regard it, or what they might wish to pay for it.

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Hurray, congrats and so well-deserved!

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Awesome, hilarious, wonderful, and did I already mention awesome?!

Very well deserved - and happy birthday, Authorstrator! Such PERFECT timing to get that 'featured publication' badge!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations, Meaghan! πŸ†

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I havent seen Barbenheimer, but I saw Clueless and Chain Reaction so maybe that counts?

Congrats on the anniversary!

Imposter syndrome is a very real bug, but what is also real is the infinite mindset, which says that there is always an infinite pool of readers out there and everyone is looking for something.

And yeah the bots might be upsetting Amazon reader rewards projects but hey, they like to read, who says those bots wouldn’t like to see humans having a hard time trying to escape from a zombie shark? #teamzombieshark

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Hey, congrats!

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