French cashier, Anna Sam, turns into an overnight literary success by doing what? Blogging about her customers at the check-out line of a grocery store where she’s been employed for eight years! She received a degree in modern literature, only to be dismayed by the limited job availability after graduation. Anna soon began the cathartic exercise of sharing her cashier anecdotes and observations on the net. After generating quite a following, publishers offered her a deal and her first book, a memoir, Les tribulations d’une caissière (The Tribulations of a Checkout Girl), was penned and became a 2008 bestseller in France, now translated into sixteen languages. A new book,
also set in a grocery store, is slated to hit the shelves soon, as well as a comic book version of the first book.
So friends, with a little diligence, all your fingers and toes crossed, you too can become a literary sensation just by having a good ear, even for the mundane. Check out our girl’s story on NPR, and find out what makes her blog a runaway success, if you can read in French that is.