I really hate curtain lifting posts. They seem so meta and self-indulgent. Like you just come here for the stories, so who cares how many emails I get asking me to shill $50 onesies or $6/a pouch organic yogurts, right? Sometimes I write back, “That is expensive, babies poop on that!” Mostly I just delete them. This is why my blog will never make it
But of course, this is a curtain lifting post. Do you like how I did that?
A lot of you know I finished a memoir manuscript last summer. I worked on it in my stolen moments between nap times and pool times and 2-5am, because the baby was still waking up at 2am last summer. And now, this happened:
So happy to say, finally, that I signed with @agentsaba!
— lyz lenz (@lyzl) April 7, 2015
Don’t worry. I’m not turning this into a writing blog. I always give terrible advice anyway. Sometimes people email me asking for writing advice. (Note: this doesn’t happen often.) I think maybe sometimes people think I might have insider information. But I really don’t. So, I always write super long email responses with tips on querying and pitching and lots of “hang in there” “you got this!” cat poster kind of stuff. And I never hear back. I imagine that most people, upon receiving my advice, delete it and just decide that buying a motivational calendar would have been a better use of resources. And to that I say, probably.
Or just go buy Dear Sugar.
Anyway. As I understand it, the work has just begun.
So, now, so I feel like I’m giving you something. Here are some links and just because I just finished a brag. I’ll give you links to other people’s stuff.
- I heard Melissa Febos read last week in Minneapolis and she is amazing. Buy her book Whip Smart.
- Elena Rosemond-Hoerr who runs the blog Biscuits and Such just came out with a new cookbook called The No Time to Cook! Book! Which looks amazing and I just bought it.
- I really liked this essay by Anna March on violence toward women in popular culture.
- Also, lately, it seems, a lot of people have been asking me questions about babies. LIKE I KNOW WHAT THE HELL I AM DOING. And I always think of this wonderful post written by Claire Zulkey, who I love. So, it’s time for a reshare of JBBB.
And yeah, okay fine. Here is some of my own stuff too. One time someone told me that all my self-promotion made them feel more bold about their own self-promotion. So that was a thing that happened.