Explaining your story can get complicated. I’m talking golden-brown-marshmallows-over-a-fire-pit-because-you’re-the-only-one-who-doesn’t-like-them-burnt kind of complicated.
The horror writer. For those who write about serial killers, you don’t want to be viewed as the newest office stalker. Or, now that they know you how to murder someone without leaving evidence they tip toe around your cubicle, leaving you to be the one who feels uneasy.
The romance author. You want to promote your book but the office is filled with males and they think all already do is day dream about love and roses. They also think you’ll expect a man to sweep you off your feet and they’re not willing to take you out base on that fact alone… having to work from something.
The YA author. You write for kids therefore you use tiny words and still live in high school (which is probably half true).
I’m writing a dystopian YA and with that came this conversation.
“You world build?” Co-worker asked.
“Yup, it’s so much fun,” I said (with excitement).
“Well what world are you building?”
“It’s kind of hard to explain… but, there’s this world where there are three divisions, normals, recreated, and the elite. This girl uses her recreated leg to get her on a certain bus that rides into this place that has her sister.”
“Is this like Harry Potter?” <-- Everyone relates YA to Harry Potter.
“But you said it was for kids.”
“Yeah, and I didn’t mention magic.”
“Magic might make it cooler,” they had to point out (clearly they know nothing).
*stares at co-worker with disgust*
“What, it would.”
“I’m just not explaining it well. It’s complicated and awesome, but you don’t have to read it.” <-- Unless I become famous of course, then you’ll want to know me and I’ll be like Ellen and NOT thank you when I win the People’s Choice Award.
*we stare at our respective computers and stay silent for the remainder of the day*
So yeah, I should probably get better at pitching. Or maybe stop telling people who don’t read. I choose the latter… for now. Any of your own encounters?