When I was eight years old, I announced to my parents that I wanted to be a writer. Okay, I was actually aiming for some sort of writer/ballerina/lion-tamer hybrid, but I was pretty sure that I wanted the written word to be part of my future. And over the last few years I’ve edited my university’s literary journal, interned at a newspaper, did my time at an ad agency writing press releases for Michael Bolton concerts (yes. really.) and now I blather daily on the interwebz.However.
I’ve never engaged in real, true freelance writing. Pitches and connections and angles, oh my! I just want to wander into my editor’s office and be all “So. Half page on cheap summer fun, eh? Cool.”
When I chose this goal for part of my 31 before 31 list
, I was rather intimidated. Truly, I registered for a stripper-size class months before I started looking up editors’ email addresses.But then! Like a fairy godmother dressed in Gucci and Prada, Danai Christoloulou
appeared on my horizon. In addition to being adorable and painfully talented, Danai is a senior editor at the Greek edition of Glamour magazine. We’ve been twitter buddies for nearly a year now, retweeting each other and swooning over cat photos. So I couldn’t have been more thrilled when Danai asked if I’d condense my post on surviving a breakup
for translation in the March issue.
What?! Yes please! All the glory with none of the gore!
(p.s. not wearing any makeup in that photo. mistake?)
And so it was with baited breath and sweaty little hands that I ripped open my copy yesterday and saw my article tucked amongst those glossy pages. I literally whooped and promptly made several color copies for my grandmas. Of course, I can’t actually read said article, as it’s all Greek to me (oh hush, you knew that pun was coming). But I couldn’t be more thankful for such a fantastic opportunity.
Now, if I can just work up the nerve to send a pitch to an editor of the American edition of Glamour …
I know many of you are writers! Please – share your tips/secrets/stories!