As an apt follow-up to both my previous post about a writing career’s sure path to poverty, as well an earlier post about how an unknown writer’s first short story in the New Yorker led to a seven-figure deal with an S&S imprint, comes “What It Felt Like When ‘Cat Person’ Went Viral,” by Kristen Roupenian.
Roupenian describes her previous life as The Unknown Writer; how “I’d had a single story accepted in a print literary magazine; the rest of my published work was available only in online genre venues, like Body Parts Magazine and Weird Fiction Review,” yet she’d somehow been able to snag Jenni Ferrari-Adler as an agent. Roupenian then revealed that she was a babe in the woods for being “a thirtysomething late millennial who had tweeted a grand total of twelve times in her life,” before Cat Person broke Twitter, if not the Internet, and became the second most-read piece in the New Yorker in 2017.
I admit I couldn’t focus on much more of the article because I was wondering if, at 36, Roupenian was a late millennial or actually an early millennial, but I did pick up on the broad strokes of what she said. In short: life is really hard, especially if you land a seven-figure deal with an S&S imprint.
Also, the fruit of this deal, “You Know You Want This: ‘Cat Person’ and Other Stories” will be released this Tuesday.
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