Dear Friends and Photographers,
This week I had the most fabulous drink with two wonderful women in Paris.
We had a chat about photography, life and Italian Joy and how this book came about.
Beautiful Elizabeth told me she had read it 10 times and I thought about this all the way home. She also asked me what happened after the book was published?
I tried to explain it the best I could at the time but when I thought about it a little more this is a better explanation, this is for Elizabeth and anyone who ever wondered ‘what if’ to publishing a book.
A book has it’s on soul and like a living being it puts energy out into the world and through its own magic it brings people to you. All sorts of wonderful things happened to me after Italian Joy was published and the most beautiful thing was the courage it gave people to write to me and tell me their story.
When I was writing this book I never imagined this would happen. I was in Italy at the time and in my lovely little Floretine apartment on my own writing and I never really imagined anyone would read it!
My divine publisher at the time, Julie Gibbs cleverly asked me a question as I left her office ‘”whether I had read A Thousand Days in Venice?” and I replied “Yes”, Julie added “she was very honest”. That’s all she said, no giant big rousing speech about how I should go back to Italy and write a bestseller, dig deep into my darkest secrets. No, she just said those words “she was very honest”.
I remember going down in the lift at the Penguin office and sort of shaking my head knowing that in those words there was a message for me. So when I went back to Florence and sat down at my desk I decided to tell the truth about my life. By telling the truth that book became a ‘living being’ with a soul of its own. It sent little messages to people that needed to hear them, it gave hope to others who were in the same situation as me and it reminded people you can have the life you want if you are uncomfortable enough with the one you have right now. And it sent me my tribe. That little book was like a ‘mother wolf howling’ to her tribe and the ripples resonated across the oceans to the people who I needed to be in touch with.
Italian Joy changed my life. It gave me a supersonic boost in my career as a photographer and it made me realise we all have a story and each of our stories are important.
I owe so much to Julie Gibbs, one of the shining lights in the Australian publishing industry for seeing in me and my photos more than I could see in them the day I pitched my book. Intuitively she knew there was more to my story than the photos I lay on her table and elegantly coerced it out of me as she has done with hundreds of authors throughout the years.
Your story like mine is important. If you feel you have a story you would like to bring to life and would like to hear from Julie in person, how best to pitch it, what publishers and looking for and what books make magic?
Julie will be one of our special guests at Get Published on the 10th December 2017 in Sydney along with Tanya Allen the Creative Director of Vogue Living. Julie will share twenty years of experience in the publishing industry with the participants at this event and impart the best bits she can to help you have your story and photos published.
We would love to have you and help you on your own to having your stories and photos published in magazines and books.
All details HERE
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