@RNL The author doesn't seem embarrassed in the least. I find her tone quite smug, and the implication is the people her actions bother are rather petty. In part, this is because the underlying argument of the piece is "I get away with all this shit because I'm a pretty white girl." Then she addresses the reader, assuming that the reader will understand and identify because she, too, has friends who do a lot of coke and shoplift Essie's. I think this is disingenuous, though, a pretty blatant example of casually mentioning what "everyone" does to say instead what fabulously naughty things she does. I wish there were a term for name-dropping practices and habits instead of people.
@bonymaroni The taking cabs without cash really burns me (and more than once, especially when I was a broke college kid in NYC, I've had car service drivers give me a much-appreciated deal). You're taking money out of the hands of someone who needs it, and their time is money too. And you're clearly quite impressed with yourself for pulling this off.
I'm also not convinced they let you out because you're pretty.You know how often entitled white girls pull this shit, especially in these parts on weekend nights? They're likely annoyed but don't want to deal with you.
@journie cruz@twitter Genius. Thank you.
Is this piece a humble brag or is it me? Beyond that, I can't really follow it.
@muddgirl I don't think Emily is denigrating self-publishing or indie publishing (and there's a distinction) at all. She's saying it's best for readers to have a range of options.
Also, 50 Shades was originally self-published. It's pretty representative of lots of self-published fiction out there right now: romance written by women for female readers. Random House acquired rights AFTER the author had managed to move thousands of copies on her own. All of this is to say the publishing model is more complicated than your comment suggests.