I wonder how many agents will think “Okay, Boomer” upon seeing my query letter for a memoir from the 1960s. This is part of the negative self-talk I conduct daily, which I acknowledge is not helpful. Don’t many writers have some form of inhibition? In fact my book is full of decisions and actions I made that people today continue to make. They were, on the whole, regrettable but sometimes unavoidable, but that’s why I’m recounting them, to assure the reader that, “You are not alone.”

Another response will be “white privilege.” My disclaimer to that is, it’s a story specifically about non-privilege and disadvantage, swimming against the current of conventional assumptions. As in the Boomer rebuttal, it too depicts situations that people today (minorities included) can identify with, which is one reason I wrote it.

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