“Do you work from home?”
“Yes, I do.”
“Oh, what is it you do?”
“I’m a writer.”
“Ooooh! What do you write? It’s not all that Fifty Shades sort of stuff is it?”
“Noooo. I write romantic comedies.”
“Oh. Where can I buy your books?”
“So I can’t go into a bookshop and buy them then?”
“Not at the moment. They’re digitally published.”
“Yeah but that isn’t like being properly published is it? Did you go in for that Vanity publishing?”
(Takes a deep breath.) “No I didn’t. And it isn’t called Vanity Publishing now. Many writers successfully self-publish.”
(Short pause.) “How much money have you made so far? Did you get an advance?”
At which point, I politely made my excuses and left….
Us writers really do require a lot of grit, determination and an abundance of patience and tact!
Happy Writing everyone!