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The Story Behind the Story: Interviewing Ani DiFranco for Shondaland

“The Story Behind the Story” is a behind-the-scenes series on the essays and articles I’ve published in various outlets. By sharing information on pitches, rejections, and lessons learned (all the information I wish I’d had when I was starting out), I hope to help other writers who are trying to establish a successful writing career.

The Idea

Because I’m a fanatic, I know that November 2020 is the 30th anniversary of her eponymous debut. I also know she has a new Patreon account and recently launched a digital radio station.

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The Pitch

Now came the hard part: Getting a publication to accept the idea.

The Writing

After many weeks of emailing back and forth with DiFranco’s publicist, we were finally able to schedule a time for the call. To say I was nervous as hell would be an understatement. In fact, once the call was on the books, I spent 24 hours wondering what the hell I was thinking when I came up with this idea. I felt inadequate. Stupid. A big giant imposter who was just waiting to be found out.

Lessons Learned

The biggest thing to take away from all this: DREAM BIG.

Writer, reader, mommy. Just trying to figure out this thing called life. Pub. in Boston Globe, Washington Post, Greatist / sandraebejer.com / Twitter: @sebejer

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