Like many people, I believe that I could be a writer. I just know that somewhere, deep down inside of me, is a book, waiting to burst free. I could be the next David Sidaris, although goy and female. Or a non-fiction version of Janet Evanovich. Actually, I dream of becoming a writer so I can meet David and we can share humorous stories about our families. Then, maybe he’d introduce me to Ira Glass, host of This American Life and my not-so-secret crush.
I’ve actually talked to a publisher about a book. I was trying to sell the fact that I’ve done a variety of stuff that many women dream of. No, not killing my husband. I’m talking about the luxury cruise around the world I took when I turned 50. Being self-employed and getting paid to travel around North and South America for almost 20 years. And spending two years on an island in the South Pacific as a way to celebrate turning 60 (and 61 and 62.)
The best way to convince a publisher that they should invest in me is to show that I already have a following. People willing to take their time to read my blog. That I have a blog that people not only read, but that they are interested enough to comment on.
I know, I know. So many blogs, so little time for reading. And frankly, I have tended to write not as a professional, focused on my audience, but as a small-minded (but big-butted) woman focused on her own feelings and thoughts of the moment.
I promise I’ll try to clean up the writing if you’ll help me get some new readers. Think Julie and Julia – from a blog she got a book deal. Then a movie deal. Think of how exciting it would be for us to go to the premier together (and trust me, I’d be happy to take my first 41 followers) to watch Glenn Close play me in the movie.
You can help by sending my blog link to everyone you know. Put it on billboards, if you like, although if you want to do that, I should give it a snappier name. I kind of like www.hot_old_broad.com but that might send the wrong message.
Ok, it’s a hot, boring Sunday in Samoa so I’m daydreaming. But do you believe dreams can come true? Tell me what you like about my blog. Or what you don’t. Would you read a book if I wrote one? More importantly, would you tell a friend to read my blog now?
Fa’amolemole (please) do. And if you happen to know Ira Glass or David Sidaris, be sure to give them my number.