Goooood Thursday evening! Honestly, I had to check the calendar to be sure it was, in fact, Thursday evening. The past two weeks have been a blur for me and this week was particularly intense since I’ve been throwing myself into my proposal!
I was chatting with my agent today because I realized that I’ve been talking so much about this book and the journey to making it a reality, but I haven’t actually said much of what the book is all about! I feel bad about this — everyone has been so supportive and enthusiastic, and I want you to know exactly what it is exactly that you’re supporting. I also wanted to be up front about the subject because this book definitely contains details from the time in my life when I was a COMPLETELY RIDICULOUS HUMAN BEING, and I’d prefer not to blindside you (although anyone who has watched my videos should know what to expect). Anyway, I’m really excited because today I got the green light today to share some details with you!
As I’ve said before, the book is not a Shedding It book or anything; it’s actually a straight up memoir based on my time at Michigan State. (Do not think “memoir” = “Debbie Downer.” I don’t even like using the “m” word because it just implies sadness!) While it’s based on my old blog, The Spartanette, I’ve really reworked the material. See, when I was blogging, there were a lot of things I couldn’t write about. So many of my blog posts were influenced by what was going on my life at the time, but I couldn’t come out and say that. It would have made me like “Gossip Girl”…except everyone knew who I was. Yeah…no.
So I wrote a ton of new material that includes the real stories and secrets that I couldn’t make public at the time. The blog was very “column-y,” but the book is a narrative. (I have to share my favorite line from the whole thing: “I briefly wondered why I was in the cab going home alone, but then I realized, I wasn’t alone. I had Jose Cuervo with me, and he was enough.”) I’ve never written an entire story like this before, so going from blog to book has been an incredibly exciting, thrilling, and rewarding process!
So, here is the summary of the book I can share:
The book covers the three years I spent as a sorority girl. During my first year as a pledge, I learned the ways of Greek life: what my new “sisters” were really like, how to make a Walk of Shame less shameful, and why sorority girls are really always reading Cosmo. After a Guinness-soaked summer studying abroad in the U.K., I moved into the sorority house and threw myself into Greek life, which meant more responsibility in my chapter and sometimes spiking my latte with Bailey’s to deal with Greek drama in my classes. The year was marked by endless theme parties, an intense Greek Week, and Spring Break in Europe, where I decided to “do as the Romans do” (if Romans snort Xanax and have one-night stands). After earning a top internship at a fashion magazine in New York, I came back to school for senior year thin, popular, and a full-fledged sorostitute, loving everything Greek life had to offer. Mostly, I loved the frat guys, but the fact was, I couldn’t get serious with any of them until I broke up with my true love, Jose Cuervo.
There’s a lot more to it than that, including the dirty details on some very fratty relationships and all the major girl drama, but unfortch, that has to stay under wraps for now!
The other really fun thing about the proposal is that it includes a lot of pictures, which means I got to have some fun with Photoshop. This is the picture from my author bio page.
I wish I could share more, but I can’t just yet! It’s hard because I am SO incredibly proud of the work I’ve done on the proposal and am dying to just share it with the world, but that’s the most I can give for the time being!
[Oh and to answer the question everyone always asks first — yes, my mom has read it. Not in its entirety, but she knows. I’ve been this way since I was three years old. She knows.]
Next up, though, my agents came up with a way to market the book and the brand (so to speak) before anyone has read a single page, so besides doing this proposal, I’ve also been making a new Web site! We sort of see it like an FML for Greeks where they are invited to anonymously share their most outrageous stories.
I invite you to check it out and if you are or were Greek, definitely share some of your stories! I just started getting content this morning, so it will be more fully launched in a few days. But if you want to show your support, you can follow @SoFratty on Twitter! Oh and for anyone who is completely in the dark about Greek life, there are some definitions from the book to help you along.
Fratty (adj.): 1. The quality of enjoying relaxing activities like football tailgate, shacking, shopping for new polo shirts, golf, tennis, skiing, texting, bronzing at the beach or lake, day drinking, and exuding unmistakable confidence at all times while denouncing sketchiness and douchebaggery. 2. Wild, insane, or otherwise completely over-the-top behavior induced by the consumption of alcoholic beverages and carried out by Greeks.
My goal was to have the proposal finished by April 1, and it looks like that’s definitely going to be a reality. It hasn’t been easy — it’s about 70 pages long and it’s a pretty complex and detailed overview of the book — but it’s worth it. The proposal is how you sell it, so it has to be insanely good. And it’s actually as done as it needs to be for the next few days, so I’m actually going to have — I’m afraid to say it because I don’t want to jinx it — down time. I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS ANYMORE! Still, as exhausted as I am, I’ve never felt more passionate or, for lack of a better word, turned on.
But when passion comes in, other things go out. I’m really excited to um…leave my desk for more than 30 minutes each day and actually wash my hair again.