When I wrote Penguins with People Problems, I knew I wanted to write an acknowledgments section at the back of the book, but I felt a little self-conscious about it. Because, come on — this is 112 pages of bird-comics. Wouldn’t it be kind of pretentious to go on and on and ON about how it came into the world? Wouldn’t it sound sort of … “I’d like to thank the Academy?”
So I kept it brief in the book. But here, where I can run on as long as I damn well please, is the longer version. We shall now wallow in gratitude! I would like to say the biggest THANK YOU to:
Everyone at Perigee Books, especially John, who is brilliant and… can I say my publisher is adorable? Because I think he is. Brilliant and adorable. And also Brianna, who is such a powerhouse; and Amanda, whom I’ve applied to adopt — sorry Amanda’s mom, she’s mine now. And Jillian and the Beaks & Geeks badasses and… everyone, really. All the folks at Penguin Random House who work in other imprints and who came up to me last week in New York and hugged me as if I were their own author. And Meg, who found me. MEG!
Kristyn, who is not just my agent but also my very funny friend. (Also, my agent is cuter than everyone else’s agent.)
Oleg, who is a magician.
Rachel F., who is a mythical wizardess made of dynamite and sugar.
Tumblr, which has one helluva new lobby. Now I want to install a cold coffee tap in my kitchen.
KJ Dell’Antonia, who has allowed me so much space in the fabulous Motherlode column of The New York Times over the last year and a half and who dreamed up the “Penguins with Parent Problems” mini-series. She’s a dream herself.
WordPress.com for being so insanely supportive of this site, where my every weird idea starts out.
Every single person at Parnassus Books in Nashville. Especially Sissy who got me there and Niki who fueled my plans with chips and cheese, and Karen and Ann who actually hired me. And Steph and Grace and Nathan and Bill and Miriam and Sarah and Ginger and Cat and Ashton who took care of my house while I was in New York and whom I’m also adopting even though she’s leaving and Tristan who saved my dog and Kathy and Mary Grey and Margy and Pete and Mythili and Lindsay and Yash. Andy’s OK too, I guess. Thank you for letting me work a schedule flexible enough to allow for penguin promotion. Please never fire me.
Heidi, who made my cool graphics for book tour.
The most wonderful assortment of friends who are probably super-tired of hearing about penguins but who listen anyway: LJ; Brittany; my beloved Davidson girls; JD, my brotha from anotha motha; the incomparable Loose Women Book Club (special shout to Emmely for being spontaneously thrown into the role of photographer at the launch party); all my awesome buds back in Atlanta; the fellow writers I hang out with virtually and in real life; and those friends whom I’ve connected with online one way or another, all of whom count as real friends even if we’ve never met.
Every person who hit “like” or “share” or “reblog” when they saw a penguin they thought was funny. And every person who emailed me through my site to say the penguin of the day surely HAD to be them or their sister or their friend and how did I KNOW??
Mom and Dad!
JP and MG and WC — because although the book is dedicated to Matt Damon, my life is dedicated to you.
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