Will Write for Food Newsletter In this Issue: 1. The Writing Life: Take Action on Your Goal 2. What I'm Reading and Watching 3. Must Reads from th


Will Write for Food Newsletter

In this Issue:
1. The Writing Life: Take Action on Your Goal
2. What I'm Reading and Watching
3. Must Reads from the Blog
4. News from Clients and Students
4. My Books

Take Action on Your Goal

In my last newsletter I suggested you write down a goal using the word "will" and make an action plan.

The secret to launching anything scary is to take small steps. Otherwise your goal looks overwhelming. And then you just keep putting it off. Sound familiar? I've been there too.

Last week I met with a big magazine editor, who asked if she should start a food blog. I said, "It depends. What is your goal?" She didn't know. A recipe blog would work if she wanted to write cookbooks. It would help establish her voice and interests. But if she wanted to consult with non-profits, which she also mentioned, a food blog would not necessarily help, unless it was focused on her consulting prowess.

See what I mean? If she knew her goal, she would know whether she should start a blog!

Your Homework:
What small step could you take this week towards reaching your goal? Select a task you can do in 15 minute increments, for a total of 1 hour of work.

What I'm Reading and Watching

» Lucky Peach is putting essays online that were once only readable in print. Here's a fabulous, long profile of cookbook author Deborah Madison.

» The Ultimate Guide To Getting Published In A Literary Magazine. If you want to get published in these small but sometimes prestigious publications, read this first.

» Do you ever read Publisher's Weekly to see who got a book deal? Here's a tongue-in-cheek key to what they mean.

» Feed Your Ears. Best podcasts to listen to while you cook.

» How I Went From Blogger To Pro Food Writer in 10 Short Years. Naomi Tomky has the guts to ask for more pay. More power to her!

» Ina Garten Does it Herself A long interview with a bestselling cookbook author, about her career. I love how often she says no.

» Behind the Scam: What Does It Take to Be a ‘Best-Selling Author’? $3 and 5 Minutes. This is funny and sad at the same time.

Must Reads from the Blog

Here's what I've been writing on my blog, Will Write for Food:

Food Blogging and Writing Conferences in 2016 - Will you attend a food blogging or writing conference in 2016? You'll be surprised by how many exist. There may even be one in your area, or somewhere you're dying to visit.
Best Food Writing, Not by Bloggers. Links to what IACP and Beard consider the best food writing of 2015.
A Revolutionary Way to Handle Subrecipes. If you have to write them, might as well make readers not hate you for them.
What Happened When I Approached Jonathan Gold. I was scared to approach this famous writer, but something incredible happened.

News from Clients and Students

Magdalena Wszelaki, HormonesBalance.com, got a book deal with Harper One.
Random House published Pailin Chongchitnant's Hot Thai Kitchen.
Susie Norris of Food Market Gypsy won the IACP 2016 award for best food blog.

Got news? Email me at dj@diannej.com.

Thanks for Reading


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Dianne Jacob
Editor, Writer and Coach
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My Books


Will Write for Food, 3rd Edition

How to make a real income from food writing
Details on self-publishing and cookbook production
Tips on creating and sustaining an irresistible blog
Engaging, fun writing exercises to get the juices flowing
Advice from experts on how they grew their careers.

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The United States of Pizza

The United States of Pizza

America's favorite pizzas, from thin crust to deep dish, sourdough to gluten-free. Each pizza has its own personality reflecting local influences. Recommended by The New York Times, NPR and the Chicago Tribune.
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