I sat down on Thursday with the lovely Karina Huber – former A&E host, CNN and AOL business and finance reporter – to talk about Mascara and how the publishing industry has changed. The interview went perfect! Two hours of shooting and a million questions about the book and its characters and the journey in general. It’s so easy for me to be on the spot with this topic because I am so passionate about the book and about what we are doing. I told her, when it comes to the publishing game change, consider this: JK Rowling was rejected 12 times. Imagine if on the 11th time she thought, “Screw Harry and his magic, I’m not cut out to be a writer.”
That’s how these literary agents and publishing houses play God – by blocking the stories that need to be told. The stories that change a nation. My mother emailed me a list of rejected writers over time and you would not believe the authors and books that are on it. Here is the piece for those of you interested. Tune in Tuesday at 8PM to CCTV News for my segment. It’s a global news station so hopefully a businessman somewhere decides to bankroll millions for the film. 🙏💙
I can’t express my gratitude enough for the support of so many people on this book. There is so much happening my head is spinning. (If you read the book, you know I love that phrase – Jorie’s head spins a lot!)
Today a good friend of mine saw an opportunity to pitch a TV station that was looking to interview an author in NYC with a new release who used crowd sourcing and more modern publishing options. Hello? They may as well have said they needed it to be called Mascara. Within minutes I pitched my story to the reporter and better yet, she responded that I was perfect for the segment! We are shooting a 20-minute interview tomorrow which will likely be chopped down to a 2-minute clip when all is said and done. She did say that the B-roll will air AROUND THE WORLD including NYC. No pressure.
Since my 26 pounds of mascara haven’t arrived from LA yet (neither are the snazzy click pens I also ordered because now I am addicted to ordering branded shwag) – I decided to pick up a few NYX Cosmetics’ because they are inexpensive and the perfect shade of blue. They will look great in the shot. Now all I need is a contact at NYX Cosmetics to donate a million more. Anyone know anyone?
News: For those of you who don’t have a Kindle – while you patiently await the print copies – Mascara is now available for Nook on BarnesandNoble.com. It is also on Goodreads if anyone would like to review (please do! unless it’s bad).
We are still actively crowd funding for print costs and have raised close to $700 in just two days. That is amazing!! If you’d like to donate, please visit www.gofundme.com/mascaranovel.
Five hundred mascaras have been ordered from Los Angeles, so this guerrilla marketing promo will happen on March the 20th! I am leaving a screenwriting class early just to make sure I personally pass these out!
All for now. Please continue to spread the word to EVERYONE you know and meet. #allbluealways
The next step in taking this viral is to partner up with a cosmetics company or order 500 blue mascaras wholesale and take to the streets. And by streets, I really mean the Ariana Grande concert at MSG on March 20th. Just a few cute brand ambassadors and a box of free product and we should have the east coast buzzing with #allbluealways in no time at all. Wish me luck!