Overnight I received an email from singer Gloria Gaynor’s Manager, Stephanie Gold, with the following request:
Call for Personal Stories of Survival, Inspired by Gloria Gaynor’s Song “I Will Survive”
Have you survived an illness, personal tragedy, abusive relationship, financial ruin, or other life experience that brought you to your knees? Did the song “I Will Survive,” by Grammy Award-winning songstress Gloria Gaynor, inspire you to rise, survive, and move forward? If so, we’d love to share your story in a new book of personal narrative essays that tell the story of how you survived the experience and how the song influenced your life (essential).
We’re looking for real-life stories that read like fiction—similar to the stories in the Cup of Comfort book series, compiled and edited by Colleen Sell. The book will include 50 stories of 1,000-1,500 words each. For each essay selected for publication in the book, the author will receive $75, a complimentary copy of the book signed by Gloria Gaynor, and a signed photo of Ms. Gaynor.
How We Survived
When Gloria Gaynor’s song “Never Can Say Goodbye” hit the top of the Billboard charts in 1975, she never anticipated her career in this competitive industry would span over three decades and lead to international recognition. But in 1978 she cemented her music icon status with the #1 hit “I Will Survive”.
While the song soared, it also struck a chord with women and men everywhere. Today, “I Will Survive” continues to be an anthem of empowerment for millions, landing on the soundtracks of more than a half dozen major motion pictures and the playlists of fans around the world.
Over the course of her career, Gaynor has been flooded by endless personal messages from those who have found happiness, comfort, relief and power from “I Will Survive”. From those devastated by illness and loss, to those struggling to find solutions and make better choices, all have voiced their experiences to Gloria and shared their stories of strength, hope, encouragement and empowerment garnered from her song.
In “How We Survived,” Gloria Gaynor and Sue Carswell share the positive stories of men and women influenced by the adored anthem. In addition to Gloria’s collection of stories, a social media campaign will be implemented to solicit additional / current stories from fans. Organized by themes, selected stories will be woven into relevant chapters that highlight personal growth, faith, inspiration, relationship and career success.
Grammy award-winning singer Gloria Gaynor took the music world by storm in the 1970’s, striking gold with her disco era hit “I Will Survive”. A member of the Dance Music Hall of Fame, Gaynor has appeared on countless television and radio shows, received a number of national and international music and humanitarian awards and continues to perform around the world for legions of fans including presidents and celebrities. Her most requested song is, of course, “I Will Survive.”
Sue Carswell is a reporter-researcher at Vanity Fair and has ghostwritten ten books. She is a former executive and senior editor at Random House Inc and Simon and Schuster, a former story producer for Good Morning America and correspondent for People magazine.
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