How many times have you heard this exclamation?
What topic would you write it on?
It is often said, to writers, "For whom, and how does your story make a difference?"
It has been noted, more times than I have documented, that a person's personal, long time, and loyal hairdresser can be the most intimate person in our lives.
Why is this?
Perhaps each of you reading this missive will come to the same conclusion that thousands of hairdressers have come to:
- We pose no threat as the listener
- We are not there to pass judgement
- We are not being paid to resolve the issue or help with the solution (as is your shrink)
- We have become a respite in all the events of your life
- We hear it firsthand
- We have become a bosom buddy, and let's face it, those are hard to come by
You solicit us to listen; listen to the woes of your lives.
- Woes of parental conflict
- Woes of dating
- Woes of infidelity
- Woes of child rearing
- Woes of health
- Woes of finances
- Woes of loss
- Woes of loneliness
- Woes too personal to mention here
Well, you are correct!
And, for this reason, Confessions of a Hairdresser, a first of its kind, was written as a culmination of one hairdressers mental diary.
Why should that be of interest to you?
Unlike your shrink, or councilor, who spends most of YOUR money asking you, "How does that make you feel?" Your hairdresser engages you, helps you gather and throw all the pieces of the puzzle of your life, (from years of listening and recall) on a table, and visually, (so to speak) make some sense of it.
Psychologists tell us that at times, the best way to resolve issues in our life is to step away from them momentarily, (take a walk, a drive, a change of environment, a vacation, a separation, rehab) and come back to the issues at hand with a refreshed perspective.
This, is why Confessions of a Hairdresser was written. To be that refreshed perspective, as you delve into the issues of others, not so unlike your own, and have the opportunity as an innocent bystander to look, listen, and feel their woes, which will in essence give you a fresh perspective on your own.
Confessions of a Hairdresser was written by one hairdresser, with the resource stories that unfolded to her. But, to broaden the spectrum of anecdotes, the author has closed the final page of her book with an invitation to all hairdressers to submit and share a few stories of their own. (To which a website is ready, willing, and able to take those stories and fashion them into an on going series of published events: www.my-essence.net).
Which brings me back to our initial prompt; "You should write a book"!
Do you have any idea how difficult the media industry, for authors, has become?
It use to be that anyone could write a story, handwritten manuscript, and send it to any number of publishers for consideration.
Well, those days are over here in America!
America, the land of the mighty middle man!
Did you know, that in order to get a story to a publisher, you now have to hire an agent to represent you, and deliver your story for you in hopes that the publisher will find it note worthy?
Did you know that if you pay a small amount to an inexpensive agent verses pay lots to a more high-end agent, that will determine if your little story gets recognition?
Can you imagine the multitude of great stories that have gone by the wayside simply because the author was of simple means?
I tell you, Mozart or Dickens would have remained nameless people!
Did you know that even if a publisher takes the story 'on' for publication, the author still has to do most of the marketing, even though they signed over their copyrights to the publisher?!!!
Did you know that in the past five years, a multitude of writers have gone the 'self-publication' route, and market through Amazon and Google?
Heck, why not? If you have to do most of the marketing anyway, why not maintain the ownership of your work, rather than sell it off for pennies?
THIS, is where you come in. Unless, you don't care if book venues close, and the written word ceases; there is an obligation of all consumers to keep books alive, (digital or paper).
Confessions of a Hairdresser was written to make a difference. It was thoughtfully culminated to dig in and touch some of the most personal issues in your life, and help you glean some answers by looking into the lives and issues of other people; giving you the 'glass house' opportunity to hone your skills at resolving them, so that if or when they arise in your life, you might be better prepared to deal with them.
How can you contribute?
Buy a copy of Confessions of a Hairdresser, on Amazon. Tell a friend. Buy a copy for your hairdresser, and keep the great art of storytelling alive. Who knows, your story could find itself on pages that help resolve issues for someone else.
Just think; your seventeen dollar purchase could propagate a whole new trend!
A book today, a television series tomorrow, (and goodness knows, TV sure could use some new material)!
Thank you for your time and your consideration.