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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Updates and such! And I need your opinion!

Friends, countrymen, countrywomen, non-countrymen, and non-countrywomen!

First off, Unnaturally Green now costs only $14 on Amazon.com! FOURTEEN DOLLARS, I SAY! That's the price of a movie ticket! So affordable, I can't stand it!

Second off. Remember that time I was like, "Hey, I'm going to release a fun little How-To guide on getting started in ShowBizNess (<-- except I didn't spell it nonsensically) slash how to write stuff?" I tentatively called it a guide to "following your dreams." WELL. That project is finally coming to a close...to be released as an e-book very soon!

But here is the thing, muchachos: I need your advice. I'm in the midst of editing, and I find that a flaw of the booklet is that I discuss two pursuits, acting and writing. I do this because lots of the book is about general dream-following. Like, how to prepare to do something when you have no idea how to do it, and, naturally, I speak from experience, getting into some specifics from my own life with respect to Wicked and writing about it in Unnaturally Green. Hence, acting and writing.

The problem is that it feels schizophrenic. There are certain chapters where I need to get into more of the nitty gritty with each process, and I fear that the actors will be bored with the writer parts, and the writers will be bored with the actor parts.

What do you guys think? Should I release the book(s) separately, as two separate topics, with the same "general" introductions, or should I leave them combined? My fear is that the two separate books would be too similar to be distinct, or substantial enough to exist on their own. The other option (and what I've been doing) is putting little sign posts in the text, being like, "Writers, skip this section if you don't care!" or, "Actors, we're getting technical here. So, writers, head on to Chapter 6." But that feels kind of wacky?

Then again, I am a wacky person. So there.

Thoughts? Feel free to comment below! Thanks, dudes and dudettes!

19 comments:

  1. Signposts - generally what you are writing about should be applicable to both genres just maybe note specifically. I'm sure if one uses their imagination they can grasp a grain of...something... from both sides of the story.

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  2. Personally I'm excited to hear about both processes. What if you split the e-book into two sections? Kinda like two books in one. (Part One: Acting Part Two: Writing...or vice versa) I feel most people will be interested in both sections whether or not those fields are fields they are pursuing in their own lives. I have no doubt that whatever you choose to do will be great!

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  3. I think you should do it the wacky way and leave them together. Can't wait to hear it!

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  4. Hmm, a dilemma indeed! Well personally I think that either could work. It isn't as thought you're a boring writer - with your flair and character you could make both acting and writing enjoyable to read, whether the reader has a particular interest or not! Make sense? Not really? Equally, separate booklets would work as a lot of people may only order one, so there is no issue about it being similar. On the whole, I think it's really up to you, but I don't see there being a problem with it all being in one booklet :) Excited to download it/them!

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  5. Do it Goosebumps style! You know, where they have the options at the bottom of pages: "Go to page 12 if you want to be chased by the monster, Go to page 19 if you want to run into the dark room," etc, but hopefully they won't be as creepy in your e-book... I digress! If you were create them as separate e-books I think perhaps you'd end up re-writing certain areas and be repeating yourself, so if the audience were reading both books (which most probably would), they would get a little confused (well, I would) so that's my two cents on that!

    Looking forward to reading them! :)

    Rukaya x

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  6. Thanks for all the helpful comments so far! I will try to make this the best little booklet you've ever seen!

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  7. I have never really aspired to be a writer or an actor so I am not sure how much my opinion counts. I do however love reading and I love watching theater, tv, movies ect. I think the one book with the little signs would be something different and fun to read. I say stay true to yourself and go with the wacky version :)

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  8. I agree with Ashley if that is possible; otherwise, maybe it would be possible to (because it's an e-book) have little skip-around links for the signposts...? I personally do not want to separate books, though. :)
    One more thing (I know this is off topic here, but I'm not sure where it would be on topic, so...): I saw a You-Tube video of you singing Not That Girl. [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0z7XGdww5g] (And you of course did an amazingly awesome job at it, by the way.) From watching it, I've been wondering about the story of you singing the last note an octave up. Just a couple guesses I have formulated since listening to it: 1. You had a sore throat so you couldn't hit the low note on that particular night; 2. You just plain can't hit that note (like me) and you're so amazingly awesome at singing everything of Elphaba's with that note an octave up so they let you do so all the time. But now that I'm remembering to ask you I want to know the real story. Please? :)

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  9. I like the combined idea better then splitting it up. Doing it as two separate books, I think, would feel redundant, whereas having them together is truer to your experience and I'm sure there are parts where advice for one can overlap with the other. Plus, I like wacky little signs as you described. It adds character to the book (and again, is very "you").

    I'm glad to hear this project is coming along so well! Can't wait to read it!

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  10. Talking from an actor/writers perspective myself I would love to read it as it is!! I'm sure so many others would feel the same as the two topics go hand in hand a bit anyway. I think the little signposts are a great idea! That way you're accommodating for both and leaving it up to us while you still get to keep what you have written! It sounds spectacular I can't wait to get my hands on it!
    xx

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  11. well, it really depends on the way you are writing it. if you are juxtaposing them both as you go, then i'd leave them intertwined. if they are two completely separate parts that don't reference each other very much, i'd do like, first half acting, second half writing. If they do need placed mingling with each other, i'd do the signposts.

    btw, @Leafsong11: she can hit the note! i've heard her!

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  12. I'd say do the two in one! I'm sure that the majority of your most loving audience (Felicians) can relate to you as theater lovers/future writers (myself included). But, I'd also say go with your gut. It's your canvas upon which you will paint a beautiful piece of artwork for your fans to enjoy both now and in the future!

    PS. Is it just going to be an e-book? What about those of us who don't have a kindle, or anything to download it on? *sobs*

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  13. "btw, @Leafsong11: she can hit the note! i've heard her!"
    Awesome! Cool! Thanks!

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  14. Personally, I like Ashley's idea! You could have the general introduction type parts about following your dreams and other information that applies to both sections. Then explain that further advice/info on the topics will be split into their respective areas. Have an awesome section about acting then another about writing (or vice versa) then close with an inspiring conclusion. :) But that's just my opinion. I know you're more wacky than that so go with what you feel is best and fits you! Can't wait to read it!

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  15. I agree with the other anonymous above! I'm into writing myself, but I still find the technical aspects of acting to be pretty fascinating.

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  16. Yay! Another fabulously funny book by the amazing Felicia Ricci!! Made my day<3 Anywhoo, I think that regardless of whether your readers are aspiring actors, writers, or just theatre/Wicked fans (I'm all three!) they would love to read your booklet because your writing is just so darn entertaining! :) I suggest making it an acting-writing mishmash of a booklet, with some chapters specifically on writing or acting, some with your experiences and tips, some with both, some "skip-aheads," some on your blog, some on Yale, some on Wicked, etc! Just tell your story, give advice, give humor, and BE YOU! People will DEF wanna read (I know I will!) And sadly I do not have a Kindle, so I hope this wi;; be released via real book (remember those??). If not, i will promptly steal my friend's Kindle and download your fantastical booklet while squealing. Promise!

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  17. I'm with those who like the signposts. I can't wait to get this little booklet of know-how!!

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  18. Oh my Oz, I have to track down your book about "Following your dreams"! That's so perfect for me!

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