Does This Count?

About a year ago, I took a writing class through Gotham Writers.

One day as I was going about my weekly assignments, I got a pop-up message about submitting a 6-word summary about love or heartbreak for a book entitled Six-Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak by Writers Famous & Obscure. 

And I thought to myself, why the hell not?

And I sent one in.

And it got in.

And I thought to myself holy crap I hope I didn’t embarass myself.

Did they catch me in an uncharacteristically sappy moment??

Will I be horrified??

If it’s about my husband and me, will my husband get it??

The answers are yes, yes and hell no (the latter of which I disclose in the most loving of ways).

So…today I got my copy and nervously searched for my entry.  

I found it on page 30 with my name as the “author” and yes, it’s sappy.   And no, my husband did’n’t get it but he was psyched that I got in all the same and that’s enough for me.

But now I’m wondering if this officially counts as being published….even though it’s only 6 words?  I mean, it’s published by a real live publisher:  Harper Perennial, rather than off someone’s copy machine and it doesn’t have staples as a binding so I think it’s legit.  And the people doing the book previously had a bestseller called Not Quite What I Was Planning which may have something to do with having a baby when you’re 55 or finding your husband in bed with the neighbor’s hampster but I’m not entirely sure.  Either way, NY Times Bestseller sounds pretty damned official to me.

So, I’m thinking maybe yes.  I can say I’m published.  Or at least definitely maybe.

P.S.   Since the publishers have asked everyone to hawk the book, you’ll have to buy it if you’re interested in reading the 6 words that expose my soft, chewy center.  Some of you (you know who you are!!) will get it just to torture me which I can totally relate to.   You can get it on Amazon.   Don’t be shocked when/if you get it.  It’s kinda small. Like it will fit in a purse.  Or a back pocket of a pair of  really tight jeans.

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February 12, 2009 3:59 pm

You know I am ordering it! Can we have some sort of a book signing? Set up a display table? You are well on your way girl, 6 words, 6,000 words, you still are a writer…this is the first of many. Congrats girl. Can I read it today though??

February 12, 2009 4:00 pm

PS. Your are not obscure, not by any means.