A few weeks ago, my daughter told a woman at the library I found my agent on Craig's List.
Proof she has my genes, but whatever.
The lady had just sat down with a stack of books and my daughter immediately went publicist on her.
Daughter: *Points at Stack of Books* "My dad wrote a book. He has an agent."
Woman: Oh, what kind of book?
Daughter: It's about love.
Me: It's for teenagers.
Woman: Is it young adult?
I went on to explain that, yes, it was young adult and gave her a brief explanation about the plot.
Woman: Where did you find your agent?
Daughter: Craig's List
Woman: Is he local?
Me: No, he lives in New York. And I didn't find him on Craig's List...
At this point in the conversation, I was looking around and feeling very self conscious. And I have no idea why. Since signing with MB, I'm felt increasingly weary of sharing my good news with people. I always imagined trotting out the words my agent... with comfortable ease. But it's exactly the opposite. I don't know if I don't want to seem arrogant, all Look at me! or what. But every time the topic of me being a writer comes up, I start to cringe.
It turns out this lady happened to be STEPHANIE MEYER.
Okay, that's not true. But still, I needed some drama (if only for a couple of seconds...)
Am I insane? Is it idiotic to feel self conscious about calling myself a writer? Do you (agented or not) ever feel sheepish saying, "I wrote a book..."?