I wouldn’t say self-publishing made it easier to find a publisher. I think I was clearer about what I wanted—which was to grow as a writer and if possible, to do less of the marketing and not pay for the upfront costs like editing and proofreading. I’d actually been offered a book contract from another small publisher earlier on, but it was clear the editing would be minimal, and with some regret I turned down the offer. That was clearly the right choice for me.
I am such a private person that as I was writing, if I had allowed myself to think about other people reading my work, I would have had to stop. But now, I just have to put that anxiety aside. And trust that baring my soul on the page is no different from doing so on stage.
by Lisa Peet
“The longer I did it, I couldn’t be absurd anymore, because there was too much at stake. And it also was much more interesting to draw what mattered.”
by Shoba Viswanathan
“I never thought I had led a life worthy of memoir. I thought memoir and autobiography were reserved for great lives….”
“We all know what it feels like to feel like something less than what we’re supposed to be.”
by Lisa Peet
“I really did feel like [the title] demonstrated the core theme of the book, which is determination and resilience, and figuring out how to navigate with some awkward grace.”
“There are always architects for exploitation and subjugation . . . There is no exploitation unless there are people who are quietly complicit. That is the nature of human subjugation. Complicity is a ghost haunting this story.”