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I was having my hair done at the salon recently and mentioned to the owner, Mamie, that an essay I’d written had been published in one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies. Over the years she’s heard about my publishing successes and disappointments; I figured with this latest news she’d congratulate me, and quickly return to the clip and curl she was finishing on a customer
Something for which almost no debut author is prepared is what it feels like to put your ideas out into the world and get a whole torrent of feedback, ranging from, “You’re a genius,” to “You must be on crack,” and everything in between (in far more colorful language).
Bloggers are all too aware of the weirdness and love that can come your way in equal measure when you go public
This summer our writing group turned eleven, so we decided to throw ourselves a party. (To our credit, we thought it was out tenth anniversary—a more fitting year to celebrate—until we did some more thorough research. Also, it should be noted that technically, I've only been in the group for four years, some members for more than that, some less..) We reserved a private room at a local restaurant, ordered some food, and invited friends and family to attend
Back when I was sending out query letters to agents and pining for publication, I felt as though I had my nose pressed to the windows of a giant room. On the other side of the glass, writers were engaged in the lively conversation of a cocktail party. Dickens chatted with Helprin, McEwan with Austen, Lorrie Moore with Howard Norman (because I first came across their work at the same time). All I wanted was to be let into that room, the room of books of all kinds speaking to each other over the centuries