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Curate My Life: Classic Film

I know, I know. It’s been an age since I’ve updated this website. Completely my fault. Sorry.

It’s not that nothing has happened in the past year and a half (a lot has! I’ve put together a separate post about it!). It’s just that, for one reason or another, I haven’t had time – or motivation to blog much. But this changed when my friend Margaret Perry posted on Twitter about a project she is doing with her classmates at the University of York called #CurateMyLife. The objective, she explains, is to “connect the public with a sense of heritage and to see how their lives contribute to our understanding of culture.” The topic through which she has invited participants to share their personal sense of heritage is classic film. Fun, right?

Unfortunately, I’m not able to tick off every box as the majority of my classic film collection is back in California with my parents. (I moved back to London last September for a Museum Studies course and am set to stay long-term – more on that in the next post!) But here are some photos of things I do have with me, as well as a few unforgettable classic film-related memories.

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Ask the Author: How can I get my book published?

Ask the Author

Hello, and welcome! With the release of my first book, Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, coming up in October, I decided I needed to branch out from VivAndLarry.com if I want to progress as a film historian and explore other subjects. Not to worry, I plan to continue updating Viv and Larry, but I felt it important to carve out a space where I could post about things that might not “fit” over there, like reviews of completely unrelated films or books, photography, and information about upcoming projects. So here we have it: my official author website. I’m so excited about this new venture and I want to thank you for coming along for the ride!

Rather than getting our toes wet, let’s jump right in. This inaugural post will be part of an ongoing series called “Ask the Author,” wherein people can submit questions about research, writing, publishing, etc., and I’ll post a different answer based on my own experiences each week. I’m going to start by answering general questions, and after October 10 (the UK release date of Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait), will be open to discussing the contents of my book in detail. Whether you’re someone who wants to write a book some day, are currently working on one, or are just interested in the process, I hope this series proves helpful.

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Q: I’m currently writing a book. What advice can you give me to improve my chances of being published? – Paulo F.

When I first started out on the journey to what would eventually become Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait, I really had no clue how to take what I thought was this great idea and turn it into a physical product. The past five years have been a huge learning curve, and I was lucky enough to get some sound advice along the way. There is no foolproof formula for success; everyone’s journey is different. But these are some fundamentals that every new author should know.