Congratulations to Michelle HS! She won the random drawing for Amelia Rhodes’ book!
Only 8 days left until you can download your copy of “Paint Chips” on your Nook, Kindle…etc (are there other devises?)! Whoopie!
Yesterday I chatted with a lady from church. We talked about our kids for a few minutes (our boys have the same name and, apparently, similar personalities). Then she said the words that make me sweat and stutter and reveal my true-awkward-self.
“So…what do you do?”
I answered this way…and this is pretty much a direct quote…
“Well, I’m…see…I…I’m a writer…yeah…I…um…w-well…I write…”
Now, after someone I’ve just met asks that question, they follow it up with one of several responses…
1) “That’s nice.” (read: I have no idea how to respond to your crazy life choice)
2) “So, is that, like, a hobby?” (read: EVERYBODY says they’re a writer)
3) They RUN away…RUN!
4) “So, what do you write?” (which is what the lady said yesterday)
The, the even more awkward answer from me…
“I have this…see…I wrote a novel…it’s…well…it’s releasing…”
At which point, the conversation can go a couple different ways…
1) “So, you self-published.” (note that it’s a statement, not a question. And when someone asks this, they don’t realize the very talented and valid writers who have self-published. They just think about the kazillion terribly written books that ooze around the internet.)
2) “Can I have a free copy?” (This is where the people pleaser in me weeps. I wish I could give you all a free copy. But I can’t. Sorry. I’ve got to pay the bills. So does my publisher. Please, don’t ever ask an author for a free copy. It isn’t really fair.)
3) “So…are they going to make a movie?” (Well…I don’t know. It would be pretty cool…)
4) “What’s it about?” (I love/hate this question. Fortunately, I have what’s called an “elevator pitch”…a memorized blurb that can be shared in less than a minute)
5) “I’m going to buy it.” (This is the most encouraging thing at this point. It’s also terrifies me a little…in a good way. It’s hard to explain)
The lady I spoke with yesterday said #4 and #5. It was nice. I asked about her job. I feel that we had a good discussion.
Sometimes it is hard to tell people about my writing career. I don’t want them to think I’m being boastful. I don’t want them to feel used or like I’m trying to “make a sale”. I’d much rather other people talk about the whole crazy business (which you all do so well…MUCH thanks to you!).
Here’s the thing, though…writing is part of what I do. “Paint Chips” is the result of many years of work, lots of tears (both happy and sad), sacrifices, and love for the writing life.
I am a writer.
Super huge empathetic hugs! And least you have your pitch down…I keep choking for some reason. We need to pray for confidence! We can do this! You ARE doing this! Gift+God=His glory.
Thanks, April. 🙂
Love this post! 🙂 excited to buy your book too. 😉
Seriously, Michelle, I am so glad that we’re friends. You are beyond sweet. 🙂
Awe thanks! (back at ya) I am glad to have met you and glad I was bold enough to walk through those doors. 🙂
Thanks, Jane! 🙂