It’s been a month of good news around here, and the end to a terrific year of writing, traveling, teaching and coaching. Since it’s my last post of 2017, I thought I’d share what’s happened recently.
This is also one of those I’m-so-grateful-for-you posts. If you’re feeling a little squeamish about that, I understand. I got lots of those around Thanksgiving and some seemed insincere. I hope I pass your test.
But hey, writing about being grateful increases a writer’s happiness. Who couldn’t use that? (If you’ve never tried it, look for ideas at the end of the linked post.)
Anyway, here is the good news:
- Will Write for Food passed 40,000 in sales. If you’re not sure if that’s a big deal, read this story about book sales. (“A sensational sale would be about 25,000 copies,” says literary agent Jane Dystel.)
- The third edition of Will Write for Food, which came out in 2015, earned out. That means enough copies sold to repay my advance. From now on I will earn royalties. All three editions of my book have earned out. Only around 20 percent of all books do so.
- I learned that teachers at Harvard and at the Cuinary Institute of America (CIA) use Will Write for Food as a reference, and have done so for years.
- I received translated copies of my book in Chinese and Korean. The Spanish edition will arrive soon from Spain.
- The Italy workshop on Food and Wine Writing is filling up quickly. It’s a small group. So if you’re procrastinating about joining us, take action soon.
Now for the part where I thank you.
Most of all, at the end of 2017, I’m grateful for you: my students, clients, friends in the business, colleagues, newsletter followers, blog commenters and social media followers. You make my career as a writer, coach and teacher worthwhile and you give me a reason to work on your behalf every day. If you were one of the purchasers of Will Write for Food who put it over the 40,000 mark, I thank you for that too.
May we enter 2018 with confidence, joy and optimism for what lies ahead. Happy New Year!