Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Letter From Oprah

I got it. Yesterday. In a chunk of mail I plunked on the counter. There it was peeking out - the big purple curly O, her name and address beneath it.

And for a second - okay, maybe even two seconds - my heart literally felt like it stopped. She wants my book, I thought.

Admit it - when you read the title and first line of this post you thought so, too. Even though all rationality would tell you otherwise. Even though my book isn't even out on store shelves yet. Even though I wrote her a beautiful, heart-wrenching letter why she should read and consider blurbing my book - and then never sent it.

It's the same irrationality that made my heart leap when the phone rang two seconds after sending a query... The agent wants my book!!

You know it can't be. And yet.... and yet....

The dream is still there. Even when you bury it under all that pessimism and cynicism and, face it, reality. Even so.... there is the dream. And this tiny piece of you that still believes it's possible.

The letter? An offer for a subscription to O magazine "at an unbelievably low price."

I'm keeping that form letter in a place I can see it when I write, to remind me... there is still a part of me that believes my wildest dreams can come true.


  1. Keep dreaming :) It could happen some day.

    Great post, by the way.

  2. Oh Heidi, that is soooo funny. At least you didn't do some grand flourish opening before all your family and friends.

  3. Haha, Heidi! What a wonderful post! And you're right - for half a second, I thought it WAS a letter from Oprah herself, and I was so tickled for you. Course, I'm still tickled - seems you have quite a sense of humor... and a positive attitude that will serve you well!

  4. Remember that dreams do come true.

    Simply a matter of time. :-)

  5. Heidi, we will be there one day on the couch with Oprah. So keep the faith...

  6. I have an autographed picture of Oprah somewhere...

  7. Lenore - I'm waiting for the day Oprah says, "I have an autographed photo of Heidi somewhere..." :)

    And see, y'all? You believe it can happen, too!

    Not that I'm holding out for Oprah. But just...well... selling more books than I have family members would be nice! :)

  8. Oh, I'm so glad I'm not the only one that gets giddy with glee over something that can't even be possible.

    I got a letter in the mail one day that was from a nationally known child star agency in LA. I immediately thought of my beautiful girls and was an invitation to try out first. :)

    LOL I loved your post, had to read it immediately because of the title. You're so clever ;)

  9. You never know, you just never know. If the stars align things could happen. I'll cross my fingers for you.

  10. I think it's worth a try. You always hear about the exceptions, those that try things a different way- their way. You could be the exception and how awesome would that be?