Please let me introduce myself. My name is Anna David. In 1999, I was an unemployed dog walker. Yes, you could argue that walking a dog was technically employment but when you’re paid $10 a day to clean up after a dog, it’s hard to convince anyone that you’re actually a writer (especially when you’re a cat person).
But really, the best way for you to get to know me may be through the timeline I’ve created below.
1977: Found out the youngest book author was younger than me and got depressed (true)
1980: Started submitting to children’s publications (and getting rejected) (see left for evidence)
1991: Got an internship at Hartford Monthly magazine during last minute panic that I had no work experience and would never get hired after graduating college
1991: Started writing restaurant reviews for the college paper due to same panic
1991: Resurrected the defunct college literary magazine and became its editor (the panic made me very productive!)
1992: Interned at (the now long-gone) Mirabella magazine
1992: Heard that Entertainment Weekly paid its interns so went there, discovered the rumor was true, got hired as an intern and promptly did nothing to take advantage of the opportunity by proving myself to editors and instead worked on scamming premiere invites off of them
1993: Became an editorial assistant at Parenting magazine in San Francisco, despite a lack of children or interest in them and spent three years writing articles on things like how breastfeeding can crack your nipples and the awesomeness of Barney the Dinosaur
1996: Moved to Los Angeles and became a full-time freelancer at People magazine
1997: Fired from People magazine despite not having a real job there
1998-2000: Got up to nothing good and did a s*itload of cocaine
May, 2000: Got sober, entire life changed and landed an internship at the Ifilm website as a columnist
Sept, 2000: Was wooed away from Ifilm for dream job at Premiere magazine as a staff writer where I started doing a column called “Party Girl”
2001: Began freelancing for magazines like Time, Cosmo, Redbook, Teen Vogue, Playboy, Details, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Self, Maxim, Stuff, TV Guide, Variety, Women’s Health, Self, Marie Claire, The New York Post, Us Weekly The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, Buzzfeed, Psychology Today, Entrepreneur.com and more
2002: Wrote a story for Playboy magazine that featured photos of me in such limited clothing that my mother was forbidden from looking at it; the story, “Sex in Two Cities,” was optioned and made into a reality TV pilot for TBS
2003: Was hired as the dating expert on G4’s Attack of the Show, co-hosting a segment with Olivia Munn; started appearing on numerous other TV shows, including Red Eye, Showbiz Tonight, The CBS Morning Show, The Talk, The Insider, Hannity & Colmes and various other programs on Fox News, CNN, MSNBC, NBC, VH1, MTV and E
2007: HarperCollins published my first novel, Party Girl (a “novel” that was almost entirely true) and Sony optioned the movie rights
2007: Started getting press, some of it even good
2009: HarperCollins published my second novel, Bought
2010: Started speaking at colleges about addiction and recovery
2010: HarperCollins published my first anthology, Reality Matters
2010: Hired as the editor of The Fix, the first addiction recovery-focused website
2011: HarperCollins published my memoir Falling For Me
2013: Simon & Schuster published the book I wrote for Tom Sizemore, By Some Miracle I Made It Out of There Alive (which perfectly described how I felt about working on it); the book sold so many copies that it hit The New York Times bestseller list
2014: Created the AfterPartyMagazine website, which included a podcast and storytelling show, and sold it to the owners of The Fix
2014: Soft Skull published my second anthology, True Tales of Lust and Love
2016: Created All the Write Moves coaching program for 10 students to go through the process of launching their writing careers and then writing and selling their book proposals
2017: Left AfterParty, created Light Hustler and rebranded both the podcast and storytelling show Light Hustler
2018: Spoke at three different TEDx events
2018: Launched an online academy which contains courses on websites, newsletters, promotion, public speaking and making books into bestsellers
I didn't tell you any of this to brag. I told you to prove it's possible. I dreamt of sharing my story with the world—or really with anyone beyond my cat. Well, first I dreamt of getting out of the pain I was living with on a daily basis. And then I dreamt of being able to share that journey to help other people through it.
And if it was possible for me to do this, it's also possible for you.
Here are some ways I can help you make that happen:
If you're interested in publishing a book, click here
If you're interested in learning how to build your audience, start a podcast, embark on a public speaking career or write and sell a book proposal, click here
If you're still on the fence about whether or not you're on board with any of this, you can always read some nice stuff people have said about me here.