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How I Found a Publisher

Only after negating the luxury of fear did I surprise myself. I had the opportunity to stand in front of publishers to pitch my novella. That meant I had to talk to them and I don’t talk so well. My mind moves fast when I’m excited and my mouth can’t keep up. I slur. Miss conjunctions.

I spent the drive to AWP honing my elevator speech. “Hi, I’m Peter A. Wright, would you be interested in a novella about a high school shooting told from eight different perspectives?” Short, sweet, and so to-the-point I couldn’t screw it up.

First kiss. First date. First booth. Nerves but with no luxury, it's like leaning in with pursed lips and closed eyes hoping for a connection and then, when you find one, the indescribable rush in your heart overtakes your whole being for that moment. 

It’s ten seconds of their time. Everyone has ten seconds to listen to a short spiel about something they might want to publish. They need writers like we need publishers. The first couple were a little stilted but by the third or fourth booth I remembered to smile and infuse my energy into my words. I must’ve hit fifteen/twenty booths: same pitch. I made many great connections, but the big news is Running Wild Press gave me the thumbs up last month! My work will be out in the world in fall 2019. No luxury. No fear.