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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Reach For the Stars!

All of us want to walk into Barnes and Noble one day and see our books sitting on the shelves, hopefully with a display to rival that of Twilight and New Moon.

One of my motivating factors for a lot in life is that I just want to make an impact. I quit my job slaving away at a department store because I simply couldn't sell another tube of lipstick or I was going to go completely banana bonkers. So now I teach kids, something I think makes an impact.

But I also want to leave my mark, some tangible evidence after I die that I was here. And if I can get a book published then I know that five hundred years from now, someone will be able to walk into the Library of Congress and hold my book in their hands. Provided the Library of Congress is still there, of course. My novel is no Gilgamesh, but there's something heady about being linked in even the slightest way to authors like Plato and Dante.

Of course, I also think it would be cool if HBO turned HATSHEPSUT: FEMALE PHARAOH into their next mini-series.

So what are your grand schemes, your highest hopes for your novel? And I'm talking high here, people. Reach for the stars!

9 comments:

MattDel said...

My novels (if and when they get published) being picked up by a major studio and turned into a blockbuster motion picture.

Amalia T. said...

I want people to read my book, and ask questions they wouldn't have asked before reading it.
And I'd like to see it on a shelf in the bookstore with that nice display too :)

Natalie said...

I'd love to have someone tell me that my book got them excited about reading. That would be awesome. And I'd love to walk into a bookstore and see it on a prominent table (preferably not the bargain table)!

L. T. Host said...

Wow, I was going to be all like "NYT Bestseller!!" and "MOVIE DEAL!!" and then I saw Amalia's answer, all noble and stuff. Haha.

That really is true for me too, though. There's the part of my book that I want to succeed, and then there's the part of my book that I want to make people think.

Unfortunately, the people who will pick up my book aren't going to be the ones who need to think about it very much, I don't think. But that doesn't mean I'm not going to try.

Bane of Anubis said...

My answer isn't noble... I don't want to change the world (I don't think it can be), I just want to entertain (and then there's also a bit of revenge factor involved :)

Stephanie L. McGee said...

I'm with Bane. There's a bit of a revenge factor. And then there's also just making something of myself. I always used to say I wanted to be the next J.K. Rowling. But I now don't think that way any more. I don't care about a movie deal or any of it. I just want to put my story out there and say "I wrote that."

Susan R. Mills said...

Yes, a movie a deal would be great, but right now, I just want to see my book in actual book form rather than manuscript form. In either case, I hope it makes people think at some point. :)

ann said...

Hey!
I'd love to read your book... I'm crazy about Hatshepsut too since I read a novel of her life... it was quite brief but I loved it.
I hope you can get in touch with me.

Stephanie Thornton said...

Hi Ann,

Your name isn't linked, but you can email me at

thorntonstephanie at hotmail dot com.

Hatshepsut rocks!