Thanks go out to Alex Carr, my editor at AmazonEncore, for being intrigued by the title and pulling out a manuscript languishing on last year's contest shelf and liking it;
to Jill Marsal, for graciously agreeing to represent me;
to Sarah Burningham, Sarah Tomashek, and everyone at author-team for helping get the word out;
to the art and editing team at CreateSpace for turning a manuscript into a book;
to Mary Alterman and Jo Cravens for many writers' group meetings, even when the snow was knee-deep;
to the teachers at Woodpark Montessori for imparting many bits of preschool wisdom to my son Dennis as I wrote and edited and wrote and edited;
to my friends and family for all their encouragement, even when they didn't quite understand why it was taking so long;
to the light of my life, Dennis, for keeping me grounded and for introducing me to many imagined worlds of his own;
and, most of all, to my husband, John, for coming along for the ride and for being steadfastly certain it would all work out in the end.
Thank you, everyone, for helping launch Regarding Ducks and Universes into the world!