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Thankful in 2023

Each Thanksgiving I list all the people I am thankful for in my work. Plus books, nature and other inspiration. Here goes…but first, I want to say this:

Lisa Tener book writing coach--Thankful in 2023

Given all that’s going on in the world, including the incredible polarization and demonization of opposing viewpoints, it’s more important than ever to focus on gratitude, foster community, and buy and read books that support a wide variety of views and that cultivate EMPATHY, KINDNESS, INCLUSIVITY and PEACE. No one group has a monopoly on truth, so let’s keep an open mind and READ!

And let’s all remember: if we want to have the power to influence people’s perspectives and beliefs, we need to be humble, open-minded, compassionate, and open-hearted.

Big Picture Gratitude

Here are some of the many people and organizations I am grateful for in 2023:

Thankful in 2023 for Writing Communities

Thankful in 2023 for Willett Free library
  • Thank you to the inspiring writers who join me on Wednesdays and Thursdays to breathe, move, and write together in “Get Your Writing Done.” Thank you for your passion and commitment to your books, your message, and for sharing your gifts.
  • I am thankful in 2023 for my clients–for the beautiful writing and insights I get to experience through supporting your work!
  • A few weeks ago, I had my first poetry reading at Willet Free Library’s open house, and it was more exhilarating than I can describe! Thank you to everyone who came to support us. And to Willett Free Library’s poetry group–Paula, Gigi, Kay, Jo, Nora, Elizabeth, and Maureen–for all the feedback. And special thanks to Paula Schonewald, Christopher Caines, and Jane Bernstein for help choosing poems.
  • Gratitude to our wonderful writing and journaling private community on Facebook: Write and Create with Lisa Tener. (Feel free to send a request to join if you haven’t already.)
  • Thank you to the Association of RI Authors (ARIA) for the local community and particularly to the many volunteer leaders who make it all happen. I look forward to the RI Author Expo on Dec. 2. See you all there!
  • To all the readers of The Joy of Writing Journal. Your feedback has brought me such joy and fulfillment. Thank you to every single person who has written a book review on Amazon. Reviews are a crucial part of reaching readers and helping them discover books. I know how busy people are, and I appreciate your taking the time to write a review. If you haven’t gotten to it yet, it’s not too late! We’re at 99 reviews and have been for weeks. It would feel amazing to break through the 100 mark.
  • To everyone who joined me for a journaling related event and a special shout out to Samantha Bennett to traveled from Lyme, Connecticut to Barrington, RI for an evening event at Barrington Books!

Bookish Communities and Beyond

Thankful in 2023 for Julie Gerstenblatt Robin Kall
At Curiosity & Co

Thank you, Team!

Thank you to everyone on my team – all the vendors and colleagues who helped me do what I do. I hope I have contributed as much to your life, work and fulfillment as you have to mine!

I could write a book of gratitude to my VA who has been with me for over a decade and without whom I could never have offered the level of service we provide. Thank you Geri Lafferty. 

Thank you to my two amazing co-facilitators who alternate teaching with me—Sharon Burton and Laurie Hunt. Also, web gurus Rachel Vane and Jennifer Ann WalshJamie Palmer, social media/marketing guru and her team, especially Joyce Trono, and awards consultant Melissa Sones.

Thankful in 2023 for books

And to writing coach Tama Kieves for your loving support!

To Ian Garlic, Carina Marquez, and the team at Video Case Story. I am so excited to be working with you to reach my people.

We wish good luck to our former author Interviewer and website assistant UCLA grad Claire Nakamura, who has left for graduate school and teaching and we welcome our new author interviewer, Zakeerah Cooper.

Thank you to publishing angels Tamara Monosoff and Bryna Haynes and her team (hi Maria!) at Worldchangers Media. To Laurence O’Bryan and the Team at BooksGoSocial helping me reach more readers through those Amazon Ads.

Still Thankful in 2023!

Thank you to my coaching, ghostwriter, and editor colleagues whom I refer—a long list—I love you all and am grateful to have such amazing folks to refer people to: Stuart HorwitzAnnie TuckerJanice HarperSimon GoldenDan JanalLynne HeinzmannLynne KlippelTim RaybornJacquelyn MitchardClaudia Volkman, Danielle Wolffe, Howard Van Es, plus old friends I haven’t yet worked with this year and the new colleagues coming online.

And my husband Tom Patterson—grateful to be on this entrepreneurial (and life) journey with you and for all your wise counsel and support. And to my sweet sons, Luke and Will Patterson. Grateful to be your mom.

Lisa Tener

Lisa Tener is an award-winning book writing coach who assists writers in all aspects of the writing process—from writing a book proposal and getting published to finding one’s creative voice. Her clients have appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, CBS Early Show, The Montel Williams Show, CNN, Fox News, New Morning and much more. They blog on sites like The Huffington Post, Psychology Today and WebMD.

Reader Interactions


  1. Lorraine Segal says

    Grateful for you and all your beautiful work, Lisa!
    And an impactful book for me: Rest Is Resistance by Tricia Hersey, who started the Nap Ministry and talks about the importance of rest to fuel creativity and work against the message of relentless productivity in both capitalism and white supremacy. Hurrah for naps!

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