Flying with the Rich and Famous: The Real Deal With Patricia Reid
Have you written a book? What is it about?
Yes, I wrote a book entitled: Flying with the Rich and Famous. It’s about what it’s like to make your living as a corporate flight attendant. I flew famous celebrities, wealthy businessmen, politicians, major corporations, singers, songwriters, athletes and anyone else who could afford a private jet.
What gave you the courage/motivation to start?
For the last 20 years, everyone I meet has asked me “What’s it like to fly on a private jet?” I would tell them a funny story and they would say “You should write a book”. When I had foot surgery on my bad feet (don’t where high heels on the jet, even if Tom Cruise is on-board!) I decided to write it. I crawled over to my desk, put my feet up on a file cabinet and the keyboard in my lap. Then I began to write.
Did you encounter any problems such as writer’s block? If so, how did you overcome them?
My biggest challenge was getting the stories out of my head and into some kind of book form. I began to read other non-fiction books to find a style in which to put my story in. I also hired editors who helped immensely.
How did you go about finding a publisher/getting the book self-published?
I started out with an agent, but at the time, the economy was tanking and the publishers were not publishing anyone who wasn’t famous or a best selling author. Then I found a publisher, but she was too small for me. Then I found another publisher who I thought was going to take it all the way, but she just up and disappeared one day. I found out later, that she just decided to get out of the business, without telling any of her authors. I sat on it for a few months and then ordered something on Amazon. That’s when it hit me – to release it via Amazon. That was a challenge as well, but I did it.
Did anything surprise you about the whole process?
For sure! How long it would take really surprised me. And how professionals can act so unprofessionally (like my second publisher). And how tremendously challenging the entire process was. You really have to be dedicated and tenacious. And you are going to spend a lot of money along the way – no one works for free.