Enter Julie & Julia, starring Meryl Streep and Amy Adams. I won't give away too much of the story, but one point that was made evident was that communicating our passionate pursuits to the general public was important in building popularity. And, I'm not talking about popularity for ourselves, but for the art form.
Think of all the television shows that have helped to create new markets. The Food Network, or HGTV. ER. NYPD Blue. The Deadliest Catch. By revealing the details of what it takes to get a job done, people become more interested in the job itself.
I love that book series like Harry Potter and Twilight have gotten millions of people to read again. But, right now, the downside of this is that the publishing world is more focused on finding only the blockbusters. I wonder if we, as writers, could get people to read a wider range of books by focusing more of our attention on explaining to laypeople what it takes to complete a book and get it published. This wouldn't be easy. I know a lot of us are still afraid even to admit to that we are actually writers. But, I really think if people better understand the vastness of the literary world we are building,including the struggles we face, they will be more willing to explore works by unknown writers, self-published books, and experimental fiction. By pulling back the curtain, people will see that it's not such a scary thing to read something they haven't heard of before.
What do you all think? Can we talk to the rest of the world about what we do?