Just what do you wear for an interview with a publisher? Oh my goodness, I was stumped! It was the early 90s in Ireland and I was living in County Mayo; a time when the late great Gerry Ryan was entertaining the nation with his RTE radio programme, the Emerald Isle’s football team made it to the World Cup and Mary Robinson was the first female to be elected President.
I stopped a passer-by for directions and as instructed I continued walking up the street until I reached the Gate Theatre then turned right. I found myself in a street full of hotels. I stopped a passer-by and asked for directions. When a cheerful Irish person says, ‘it’s just up the road’ I’d learnt their ‘just up the road’ could be a mile - or two – or three, away. How awful would it be if I arrived at the publisher’s office late? So I asked another passer-by just to make sure I was on the right track.
Crossing the busy road I tried to answer the kind of questions the publisher might ask:
Publisher: "What inspired you to write your book?"
Publisher: "What book are you reading at the moment?"
Publisher: "When did you first consider yourself a writer?"
Publisher: "Did you learn anything from writing your book?"
Publisher: "Who or what has been your biggest inspiration in life?"
I blamed my undisciplined hair for my undisciplined thoughts. I looked at my watch. This time in two hours the meeting would be over. I pushed open the pub door and went inside.
'What to Wear to the Publisher's' is an excerpt from my autobiography With a Little Hel From My Friends available on Amazon Kindle and paperback.
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