I've just added a(nother) notch to my resume, and I am beyond excited about it!
Anyone who's hip in the lit world is familiar with the site LitReactor, which has authors, editors, and agents on staff to keep readers updated on all things cool in the lit world. Seriously. The call for applications said, "You must be awesome. The non-awesome need not apply. And you need to tell us why you're awesome, in 300 words or less (no kidding—we're going to count them)." They're like the Mean Girls of the lit world. Only cooler. And smarter.
The LitReactor peeps even teach classes and put together a monthly e-zine compiling each month's columns and features. Their contributors write unique pieces full of sharp wit and timely topics, which means the site only publishes top quality work.
Y'all, this site is a HUGE deal. They have over 11,000 followers, both on Facebook and Twitter. They are huge. Did I mention they're huge? They're huge. And oh yeah, they're huuuuuuuuge.
And not to pat myself on the back or anything (okay, I'm patting myself on the back), but I just landed a monthly column! Which is a huge accomplishment, considering this was also part of the job posting: "Do you have what it takes to be a LitReactor columnist? Think hard before you answer. Our recruitment process is vigorous, and includes a drinking test, feats of strength, and a six-day survival challenge, in which you'll be abandoned in the Australian outback with a dull knife and a can of Diet Coke." (Man, that application process was rigorous!)
I applied on a whim, thinking there was no way on God's green earth I was getting the column. Except that I did. And now I have to prove month after month that I'm awesome. No pressure.
The column is called Trip Lit, and will relive classic road trip games through the lens of literature. Sounds strange, right? Stay with me. I've got lots of idea already, and can't wait to leak them out one month at a time.
My staff bio is now posted to the site, which means I'm an official member of the LitReactor family. And my first Trip Lit column is due out in mid-July, assuming I can write something awesome enough by then! Wish me luck...