Erin Hosier's having a spirit attack
So I totally sold the book last week. I am so relieved for myself and thrilled for the author! Practicing The Secret
, or my half-assed version of it—allowing myself only positive mental imagery related to agenting instead of the tendency to avoid my Depression-related-depression with hypersomnia—seemed to work.
All in all, I've been trying to be a lot more positive lately. Last year, for her birthday, I gave my colleague Betsy
a framed rusty razor blade which she exhibits prominently on her desk. (We'd been going through a really rough time at work, and um, have always shared a dark sense of humor.) So you could say my newfound sunshine is kinda noticeable around the office.
What's my secret (besides The Secret
?) Some people in publishing have their Yale Club membership, an MFA from Iowa, a ton of war stories from their days in the bunker at Doubleday. But I have a unique past that I draw from when times get tough.
When I was in high school, I was a cheerleader for four years. People thought it was kinda weird then and they find it strange if I mention it now. I guess I didn't fit the mold of what the high school cheerleader should be (what with all the pink hair dye and riot grrl mixtapes). But to me it made perfect sense
. I am a born advocate—it's simply what I do best. I can whip you into a frenzy about something you didn't know existed 5 minutes ago, and I can pick you up off the field if you've just experienced a crushing loss. I can take what you've done in 300 pages and explain it to the uninitiated in three or four sentences. I'll write the letters, I'll organize the pep squad, I'll choreograph the dance routine, and I'll paint your name across my chest until the season ends and it's time to move on. This is what I did for the Berkshire Badgers, and it's what I will do for your book.
SWers, where did you come from? What were you like in high school? Does who you were then reflect what you're like now? How has that shaped your role in the writing world?