I was so disgusted with myself as I went through my Blogspot-transferred-to-Wordpress 2011 Blogs. I didn’t really have very many “gems.” Nor did I really promote the move to WordPress or write much on here. I saved all of my pithy prose for my more-trafficked blog at http://thelocaltourist.com But that blog is specifically about me and my love for the City & People of Chicago. Where were my more personal writing samples for my reader fans of my books, Mafia Hairdresser, & The Glow Stick Gods? Oh yeah, I’ve been promoting those books and I’m currently writing book 3 in the series and c0-writing a celeb biography, AND I still pay the bulk of my bills with my income as a hairdresser. I guess I’ll forgive myself.
But I do want to connect more with other writers and make my WordPress Blog more fun and successful. So, in that light, I’m going to let you in on a little “fun and cheeky” way I’m going to promote my first eBook, Mafia Hairdresser. It’s kind of a campy way of promoting what is, really, a mainstream book, but I’m gonna try it. My friends seem to think it’s the best idea I’ve had.
Here’s the back story to my book promo idea: In 1992 I moved to Chicago to finish my screenplay, Mafia Hairdresser, and pursue an acting career. In Long Beach, California, I owned a big salon, I was always in the press as a hairdresser, and I was still young and stupid enough to think I could just switch careers if only I could move away from the place where every one else’ perception of me seemed to keep me pigeoned into one career.
In Chicago, I was a student at Actors Studio and Second City for many years. And I ended up writing the book to, Mafia Hairdresser, by the advice of my friends back in Hollywood. Of course, I went back to doing hair to pay the bills, but mostly because my clients are my endless source of grounding and writing ideas.
Back in Long Beach, I never really hung around a gay group. I’m a gay dude, but I never really defined myself to the point that I would have to hang around other gay guys just because we had that miniscule commonality. In Chicago, I embraced my new gay friends. The gays were having a great time here and I found out what I had been missing and I did every “gay” thing you could think of such as dancing shirtless on boxes while high on Ecstasy. (I blow that whole party scene, gay & straight, to bits in book 2: The Glow Stick Gods is the “tell all” about the Chicago Taxi cab murderer too.) And I hung out at Sidetrack & Roscoes, and I twirled a rifle to disco music in the Chicago Gay Days parade as a member of the Rightiously Outrageous Twirling Corps (R.O.T.C.). And I went to drag shows.
One Halloween, my buddies and I donned the drag ourselves. It was supposed to be a joke, but the joke was on me because I looked good! And, with my high voice, few knew I was a guy. By the end of that Halloween night, I got asked to MC two shows, as “Judy from Schaumburg;” the saucy-cougar character I cooked up for just that evening. The actor in me said, yeah!
Over the period of 7 years that I did plays in Chicago, Judy from Schaumburg, got more gigs than me, which led me to some heavy re-evaluating. The result was that I killed-off Judy, and quit acting altogether, and then I concentrated on my two main careers. Well, my writing career and my books now need promotion, and I had the idea that I wanted to find someone who could interview me which would help sell my books. The interviewer had to get me and be intelligent enough to bring out the humor and camp in my deadly-serious yet humorous books. Matt Laur could do this, I’m sure, but I’m not there yet; ya know?
You get what happened next. But it took me a year to finally produce, write and direct “The Judy From Schaumburg Show.” I didn’t even know how to cut and edit video. I blew the sound, but it seems okay, this time, on this “Pilot.” Click below to see the finished product. I already know that many people do not know that Judy is me, and that might have to be our little private joke. But, if Judy makes you laugh, if you think she’s funny, if you get what I’m doing, please post this youtube video on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or any other platform. I would really love for Judy to “go viral.” You can let your friends in on the joke or not. Say what you will, even if this is the lamest thing any author has ever done.
As a special Please and Thank You, I would love to give you a free download of, Mafia Hairdresser, and, The Glow Stick Gods. All you have to do is go to MafiaHairdresser.com and send me the request. I will send you a fresh coupon good for downloads on all formats via Smashwords.com
I also guest write for SassyMomsInTheCity and soon for Chicagonista. I have found that I will always have a passion for doing hair because my clients provide me with endless stories and I work at Joseph Michael’s Salon & Spa.
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