I’m a Writer Because of JK Rowling

This was originally written as a cover letter for a writing position at Pottermore

To Whom It May Concern,

I am a writer because of JK Rowling.

JK Rowling sparked my love of magic, myth, and mystery. After reading the Harry Potter books, I breathed in YA books like it was air. They fueled my soul and powered my imagination. In high school I started writing stories – I called them novels, but they were far from that.

After high school I pursued a degree in English studies. I would proudly answer the “What do you plan to do after you graduate?” question with, “I’m going to be a writer.” To which, I would be given skeptical looks. “Writers don’t make any money. Why are you wasting your degree with that? Why don’t you do something practical?” Not that any of that was ever the reason for me to put pen to paper.

It’s been hard. I graduated right at the peak of the 2009 recession. But, after constantly pursuing my dream, I managed to get a Master’s Degree in writing and publishing, while working full-time at a bank to support myself and my fiancé while living near one of the most expensive cities in the US, Chicago.

With a bit of luck, I was able to get an internship that changed my life. I started working with a show that encouraged storytellers to share their stories on stage. Knowing that these stories were worth more than a one-time-experience, I started an online literary magazine to showcase these impressive pieces of art.

Having a magazine under my belt, I finally got my first full-time writing position – I wrote about cars all day, every day. I hated it, but at least I was finally getting paid to write! From there, I was offered an opportunity to work for a content and recruitment marketing firm, but soon realized that I didn’t want to write copy and content that tricks people into buying something or applying for a job that isn’t worth it.

So, I quit. Now I am a freelance and part-time writer for websites that post content that people actually want to read. Granted, sometimes that is content about the latest celebrity’s most recent baby Instagram, but that is something someone out there will actually enjoy reading about, even if I don’t enjoy reading about it. Every once in a while, I am able to write about something that I really enjoy, such as 600 words on Pokémon Go, or 450 words on the Cursed Child.

Needless to say, writing for Pottermore, even if it is only one piece, would be the greatest way for my story to come full circle. I would love for the opportunity to inspire another girl to become a writer because she read something I wrote and realized that, despite what others say about it being a poor decision financially and educationally, she can do it!

I hope that you’ll consider me for this writing position. If my passion for writing isn’t enough, I hope that my education and professional background show that I am qualified for the position. Thank you for this opportunity and your time and consideration.

Sincerely,

 

Elle Kammerer

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