You guys, way back in 2009, I signed up a writer named Robin O’Bryant. I didn’t know much about Robin, but I knew that she was funny as hell, and I was laughing out loud reading her manuscript during a long and otherwise kind of boring plane trip. So I knew Robin was talented and I knew I wanted to work with her, but I also knew it was going to be hard to sell her manuscript. That’s because Robin writes humorous essays, and humorous essays are an extremely hard thing to sell to a publisher without a very substantial platform. And when I signed Robin up, she didn’t have much of a platform at all.
Flash forward. It’s 2013 and Robin is a New York Times bestselling author who just signed her first two-book deal with executive editor Jennifer Weis at St. Martin’s.
How did this happen? Two words. HARD WORK. I have never seen an author work harder, hustle more, face her fears down, fight the inevitable lows of being an author, and work the highs, the way Robin O’Bryant did. I don’t think this gal ever got anything handed to her. I didn’t see her really get a lucky break, even. Everything she got, she fought for, and she created an impressive platform and a network of writing peers out there to help her, basically and completely from scratch. She self-published her book, KETCHUP IS A VEGETABLE and made it a New York Times bestseller. She runs a popular blog, writes a syndicated column, tweets to her followers, writes prolifically, and parents three beautiful girls. The woman, as I always say, is a rock star. I couldn’t be happier for her or prouder of her and I can’t wait to see what the rest of her journey will be.