When I'm out and about I don't like to tell people I'm a writer but people find out anyway - I'm introduced as one, or a mutual friend has mentioned it. Most people ask me what it's about and wish me good luck. But there is a small minority with a large attitude that I don't understand.
Immediately upon meeting them the inquisition starts: what is my sales strategy, my idea sounds very local, maybe I should rewrite it for the American market? Don't think it's going to be easy now, because it isn't, and only the serious may apply. What is my angle? How am I going to sell it, push it? What's my plan?
The whole experience feels like an interview - not quite knowing what they want from me, I just keep the answers short but truthful, thanking them for their suggestions, reiterating that I do have a market in mind but that my priority is to have something half-decent to sell in the first place.
Then when they lose interest and I have got my breath back, I always wonder why I get this reaction from people. It amazes me that these people aren't writers but for some reason they put me through the wringer like I'm all pie in the sky. I mean, if someone told me they were starting a business I wouldn't start the conversation by asking if they had the right permits in place, if they had thought about the long hours, cos starting a business is hard work and only the serious may apply...