It’s been 213 days since Well Fed was born, and 146 since I fled the corporate overlords’ lair. So much has been happening!
We won some awards.
We were pretty excited to learn that at the San Francisco Book Festival in May, we won the cookbook category! You can read the whole list of winners here. The prize is recognition and, hopefully, some media exposure, but I’m holding out hope a rhinestone tiara is going to show up soon.
Well Fed was also a finalist in two categories in the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: Cookbook and Best Overall Design. The design recognition was especially sweet because books can’t be entered into the Best Overall Design category; the judges decide which books deserve the honor. All kudos to our brilliant designer Kathleen Shannon. And the SF Book Festival could learn a thing or two from the Next Generation Indie Book Awards, because they gave Dave and I medals.
We’re bad. We’re nationwide.
We’ve signed on with a book distributor that should help us get Well Fed placed in book retailers all over the U.S., including Barnes & Noble, Costco, indie bookstores, Books-a-Million, and more. (Sorry, international friends. For now, you’re stuck ordering your books directly from me.)
We also hired a badass PR firm called Bread & Butter (oh, the irony!), that specializes in culinary clients, to help us spread the word. Our team at Bread & Butter is so awesome, they’ve committed to doing a Whole30 with me in August.
I was interviewed by Dianne Jacob.
When I was preparing to write Well Fed, I read the book Will Write For Food by Dianne Jacob, and it showed me everything I was doing wrong with my recipe writing. Despite a lifetime of reading recipes, I didn’t realize that the ingredients should be listed in the order that they’re used, or that I really shouldn’t abbreviate measurements because a quick-glancing cook could mis-read the amount. While I sat in the kitchen with my laptop on the butcher block, typing the Well Fed recipes, I felt like Dianne was reading over my shoulder, making sure I didn’t do anything dumb. I am so grateful for her book and her kickass blog. I sent her a copy of Well Fed as a thank you for her contributions to its quality — and a few weeks ago, she invited me to do an interview with her about my experiences self publishing. You can read our chat right here.
We’re hitting the road.
Dave and are on a quest to be independent of geography so we can live lots of different places while running my blog and publishing cookbooks. To test the waters, we’re heading out to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Estes Park, Colorado over the next few months to do a “Paleo 101″ presentation and book signings. Those events are going to awesome — and they’re test runs to see how we might do a longer book-related tour. We want to hit the road to come see you and the places you live. More on all of this part of the adventure as it evolves, but if you’re a gym owner, alternative medicine practitioner, nutritionist, bookstore owner, etc., we want to hear from you. Send us a note!
Well Fed 2.0 is in the works.
Thank you so much for your participation in our survey about the follow up to Well Fed! We had more than 1000 responses — which is three times as many as the first survey I did a little more than a year ago. Dave is reading through all of your responses as I type this, and I’m very excited to get started on the next book. I have so many new recipes ideas, including some new crazy-good sauces, comforting soups, and more ideas for weeknight meals you can make in 30 minutes or less.
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