When you mingle among people you can share your dreams with, I believe you move among “angels” who are accessories to their fruition. One of my best friends is Palanca award-winning author Tara FT Sering. We met while working together in Summit. In 2002, when she was starting Summit Books and looking for writers to launch, she remembered a conversation we had. I had told her about a manuscript sitting in my iBook’s hard drive — a collection of dialogue and chapters about the parallels between love and coffee.
She came over to the Seventeen magazine nook, where I held office at the time. “Tell me about your book,” she said, notebook and pen in hand.
I rambled about what it was so far, and about what I wanted it to become. Although I had started it a few years earlier, I was obviously still unsure about the plot, and was basically making things up as I went along.
She cut in, her tone almost business-like. “Can you write 50,000 words and give it to me… in a month’s time?”
Up until that point, the dream of getting published had been just that. A dream. Tara and I had had so many conversations about it over coffee in the Summit office, at the poolside of the condo building we both lived in, and even at Café Cartel during a trip to Singapore. But right at that moment, in my office, Tara put the idea in my head that the dream wasn’t meant to stay that way anymore. It was time to step it up, and get that manuscript off my hard drive, into print, and into the hands of readers.
Four months later, I delivered the entire manuscript of The Breakup Diaries into Tara’s hands — a feat that required many late nights and several bottles of wine. In early 2003, the book was launched under Summit Books, and became a bestseller.
Now that, my dear friends, is Inception in action. All you need are the right people to plant the inspired thought in your subconscious.