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#21 Jean Oram

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Posted 02 February 2011 - 02:46 PM

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Posted 03 February 2011 - 04:04 PM

Here's the most recent with all the tweaks:

There are traditionally two ways to become known in pop culture: Fame, for positive pursuits (like being an Oscar winner, successful talk show host or the dashing leader of the Allied Forces) and infamy, from more dastardly projects (abdicating the British throne, cheating on a quiz show, being Tila Tequila).

As a veteran pop culture reporter, columnist and blogger, and a champion of the forgotten and obscure, I've come up with a third category: "Fame-ishness." That's being legitimately well-known - just not to everyone. Maybe you still make a living touring with your five hits in 1985, although some people are confused that you're alive. Maybe you're a soap star, a figure skater or an MMA bruiser who's huge in their niche but "Who?" elsewhere. Maybe you're only famous in Latvia, or in Fort. Lauderdale.

I'll tell the weird but fascinating stories of the pro wrestler, the Filipino pop star, the two-hit wonder and the long-time local weather guy. I come not to hate, but to celebrate the highs and lows of having some fan gush to a friend "Do you know who this is?" and having their friend say "No, actually, I don't." And I know - as a newspaper columnist and occasional TV commentator for the Palm Beach Post, in West Palm Beach, Fl., I get autograph requests, kudos and prison mail stalkers - but only within a 40-mile radius. And then there's that old dude in Starbucks who told me I'd gotten fat and invited me to his Overeater's Anonymous meeting. Yeah. That happened.

Tentative chapters include: "Big in Spokane: The Ballad of the Local Celebrity;" "It's Only Fair: Rocking Out on the Fair and Casino Circuit," or "Teena Marie, New Edition and other things White People Never Found Out About."

Fame-ishness is funny -and "Fame-ish" will be a funny, candid look at all of the aspects of this peculiar type of notoriety - the fans, both fickle and faithful, what it's like to be a god in some circles and a goof in others, and just an enthusiastic hand clap for those who exist on the fringes of fame.

Thanks for your time!

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Posted 18 July 2013 - 01:13 AM

Lynn Price at Behler Blog is an editor at a small publishing company. She has some good (somewhat cheeky) insights that might help you as you navigate your way through the query and proposal process.


Headed over to Lynn Price's blog on your mention here. Really glad you included that. She's still generating an amazing amount of helpful info. What I saw in a few recent posts was really helpful.

Thank you!


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