Thursday, August 11, 2011

An Ideal World Or My One Big, Fat Wish

Okay, say my fairy godmother offered me a wish--anything I wanted, what would I say?

Well, I’d motion her closer and say I wanted the world to be different. Everything: no illness, no wars, no hatred, no bigotry of any kind.

And while I'm at it, fairy godmother, I’d also like to see the world of writing and publishing different too, and not just for me but for every hard working writer hammering away at a keyboard.

See I'm talking about a chance--a chance to be up there with the Gods of writing, with the bestselling authors. Those iconic authors whose work we savour. I read them, you read them, we all read their works, but hey Mister, give me a chance too, huh?

Remember that scene in Funny Girl when Barbra Streisand playing Fanny Brice wants to audition for a show and she sings the song about being the greatest star ‘only no one knows it?’

Well that's what this blog post is about. There are so many of us wanting to be noticed, wanting our writing seen by all.

I feel I have something to say, something new and different. I'm another voice crying in bookdom's wilderness, I'm building a fan base but I also want to sing: MR. KEANEY, HERE I AM (Funny Girl again).

I studied acting many years ago and auditioned for a couple of off Broadway shows, it was fun and terrifying at the same time. It's a tough business show business, but you can audition for big shows for big producers too sometimes.  I don't think writing is like that. That's what I'd like to see different.

Showing up for an open audition is straight forward. The producers, stage managers are either there or they're not. They're going to give you a shot or not. You'll know it or you won't, no guessing.

We had a free blog post topic this week, where we could discuss what we liked. I did this; I did it because it's something I feel strongly about.

Having said that, I don't want you to think I focus on this all the time because I don't. I'm too much of a realist and a pragmatist. I work hard and will continue to do so.

I am writing the sequel to my novel now and am enjoying every minute of it even though it's tough. Nothing comes easy in this life and that's a good thing because it keeps us on our toes and focused.

So if everything remains the same and I have to continue to promote myself and my writing I'll do it because there's no way I would stop, not now, not ever, after all the show must go on!

~*~Carole Gill~*~

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  1. Great post, Carole. You will reach that pinnacle you're looking for. Hard work, marketing, honing skills more with every new novel and story are all parts of the total package. A huge puzzle, but when all the pieces are in place, it can be a work of art.


  2. I agree Carole!! I think that's why I'm so proud to work for Angelic Knight Press. We are giving everyone an equal chance. Nothing sets apart anyone except good quality writing. Someone we've never heard of stands just as good of a chance at getting into our anthology as someone we've read a thousand times. We are looking for good quality writing, not a big name.

    Okay, sorry, commercial over. But I do feel strongly on people being judged for their writing, not who they know.

    Great post!

  3. Blaze and Stacey! thanks.
    you have every right to talk about Angelic!
    and that's the whole point, we all deserve a shot at getting noticed.
    Blaze, thanks so much for what you said.
    Many thanks!

  4. Your post really struck and chord with me, Carole. How desperately we want to be noticed and recognized as being up there with the greats! All we can ever do is work our asses off - writing, promoting, editing and more editing. No one ever got anywhere by giving up and I know I'll keep at it until my fingers bleed and I go blind in both eyes. Sometimes its a hard slog but I'll either do it or die trying!
    p.s. I love Barbara Streisand!

  5. Thanks, Marissa!
    yup that's what's it's all about. We just go on.
    she really belted that song out!
    it's some hard slog alright--no open auditions, not really. funny i guess it's the way it is.
    but it's good to know we all share this as writers, the writing, the work all that goes with it: ups and down. but fingers crossed, we'll get there.
    thanks again!