A controversial piece about food writing pay popped up online last week, with a response from another editor. I’m pleased that writers are even approaching the topic. But as someone who lives and breathes this stuff, I [Read more…] about Money in Food Writing? Still No.
A guest post by Clotilde Dusoulier
Clotilde belongs to two mastermind groups: One online and one in person. She is the French food writer behind the blog Chocolate & Zucchini ( http://cnz.to ), which she has been writing for more than 13 years. Her focus is on fresh, seasonal, colorful foods with a French twist. She also enjoys sharing behind-the-scenes tips with fellow bloggers.
To help you set up your own mastermind group, Clotilde put together a swipe file you can download for free, as a reader of this blog. It’s at http://cnz.to/mastermind-swipe-file. Thanks Clotilde! — DJ
I have been a full-time food writer for almost 12 years. And although I thrive in my solo bubble of words and ideas, I find it critical to connect with peers. For the past year and a half, I have been part of two mastermind groups that bring [Read more…] about Should You Join a Mastermind Group?
Maybe you’re just tired. Feeling overwhelmed. But feeling burned out is not just when you need a vacation to recharge.
Most likely, it’s when you feel overwhelming exhaustion, frustration, [Read more…] about Burned Out? 4 Ways to Tell
A guest post by Alisa Fleming
Often a food blogger’s days are bogged down with to do’s, gadgets, commitments.With so many electronic conveniences at your fingertips, you expect an increase in productivity. But more is just more, sometimes.
Fortunately, I’ve taken my productivity back. I feel good about what I’ve [Read more…] about 4 Ways to Increase Your Productivity This Year
A guest post by Amy Sherman
It’s easy to gain weight, as a food writer and recipe developer. I often dine at restaurants, enjoying multi-course meals, sometimes several days in a row. I always try to taste as many dishes as I can. When I’m developing recipes for clients, it seems like I’m tasting all day long.
At the end of last year, I knew my consumption was up. I also had a sneaking suspicion that the more I ate, the more I wanted to eat. Science is proving this to be true.
On December 30th, 2015 I stepped on a scale for the first time in [Read more…] about How a Food Writer Loses Weight
Andy Schloss does. His business income has stayed steady for the last 30 years, hovering around $100,000 annually. He also thinks of his career in business terms, not as someone who works for fun, where income is secondary.
The bottom line: Andy has stayed on top financially because he shifts his food writing work as the market changes.
I had the opportunity to learn from Andy as part of a podcast panel on food writing and money. Andy moderated the panel for the Symposium for Professional Food Writers. A former chef and newspaper columnist, he is also the author of two dozen cookbooks. Plus he’s a [Read more…] about Do You Think of Food Writing As a Business?
Some cookbook authors and bloggers use a talent agent to help them find good-paying gigs and opportunities. This is a different service than using a literary agent, whose primary job is to land you a book deal.
Do you wonder if you should have a talent agent? To find out what they do, I interviewed Jaimee Constantine, Culinary Talent Agent with The Lisa Ekus Group.
A graduate of The University of Massachusetts’s Amherst’s Hospitality and Tourism Management program, Jaimee joined The Lisa Ekus Group in June 2010. She leads the Culinary Talent division and manages all incoming contracts.
Q. What can a talent agent do for bloggers or cookbook authors?
A. A talent agent’s goal is to make it easier for you to work with companies. Talent agents respond to queries coming in about our clients. We evaluate [Read more…] about What Can a Talent Agent Do For You?