Friday 17 June 2011

Dear So and So

Dear Blog 

When we first started spending time together I had no idea that our relationship would become so serious. You grew out of my life, but now my life has grown around you so that you occupy too much of my thoughts and my time. You encouraged me to write the first draft of my memoir and introduced me to readers that gave me positive feedback. However, I think the time has come for our relationship to change. If you want us to carry on a romance with this kind of intensity you are going to have to start earning your keep. I am going to monetize you. I am going to turn you into multiple income streams. (I got these fancy ideas from Become a Mumpreneur.) I hope that turning commercial doesn’t make you ugly. Soon I am going to a parent blogger conference called Cybermummy. I don’t know what kind of tweeting cyborg they will turn me into, but I know that I will be different when I come back. I hope that you understand that this love affair must now turn into a business relationship. I hope that we can still be friends.

Love from

Your Affectionate Writer

Dear Literary Agent

Many thanks for your constructive thoughts and kind compliments about my synopsis and sample chapters. I would be happy to sign a contract with you and appreciate the efforts that you have already made to sell my work. I was amazed to hear that you have several publishers bidding against each other for my memoir, 'The Real Life of a Narrowboat Wife'. I understand that I am not your only client so your detailed feedback on the commercial value of the book was very welcome. I realise that I have not yet written that amazing synopsis, but writing to you in this imaginative way assures me that you are real, you are out there, and you are going to love me and my book.
Looking forward to meeting you.
The Author

I am worried about what people will think about us spending so much time together. Maybe they think we are co-dependent. When I tried to break it off with you I felt sick for weeks. I should stop worrying about what other people think and enjoy the fact that we are happy together. They say you are simply a serotonin re-uptake inhibiter, but to me you will always be, my imaginary friend Mick Jagger. Thanks for being there.  


Dear Reader

Thank you so much for reading. You are an important part of my life. I love to hear what you think, so don’t be shy, leave a comment below, and let’s make this blog interactive! 



The idea to write letters comes from Kat at

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Narrowboat Wife said...

Dear Kat
I can't leave a comment on your blog for some reason, but will be looking out for you at Cybermummy, doing cartwheels!

Mellodee said...

Those of us who do Dear So and Sos are as interesting and varied as a patchwork quilt! Nice!

Narrowboat Wife said...

Thanks Mellodee. Am enjoying browsing around your blog, but my work computer won't let me comment!

Anonymous said...

Right, I'm extremely jealous on two points: 1) you're going to Cybermummy and 2) you're getting a book published. WHAAAAT?! Massive congratulations - you know who should be the first to review it once it hits the shelves. *waves hands excitedly*

P.S. Can I add one? Dear Frog, why did you have to go and be born 12 days after your due date meaning I am to spend the weekend celebrating your first birthday rather than hobnobbing with other bloggers. How selfish. Love, Your Mother. xxx

Anonymous said...

Like the idea of letter writing; in these days of technology, we tend to neglect the good old-fashioned pen!

You're right, I'm not going to Cybermummy. I bought a ticket, booked in at the Hoxton for 2 nights then chickened out. My confidence isn't great and I'm good in large social groups, partly because I am an unsociable bugger and partly because I suffer from anxiety attacks. So I sold the hotel reservation and the ticket.

CJ xx

Anonymous said...

That comment should have said, "I'm NOT good in social groups" !!

Narrowboat Wife said...

Oh I am such a terrible blogger/networker as I have only just found these comments!
Molly: Unfortunately the letter to the agent was fictional - a bit of positive visualisation sent to the theoretical agent I haven't met yet! But you can def review it when it's published!

CJ - I think you made the right decision. CM was huge and overwhelming! I went for newbie tips and networking, but you already have a book published and a huge following on your blog :-)

Kerry said...

Oh it all sounds very exciting, this is the first time over here. Stupid question but do you really live on a boat, that is amazing! I have subscribed and can't wait to hear more posts xx

Narrowboat Wife said...

Yep, I've lived on a boat for 11 years. Thanks for subscribing! So glad you like it.