Your quotes are wonderful!
I love the one about garlic. Cookbook
collectors read cookbooks like novels! They
curl up with them in the evening like I would with a biography. This is one of the most pleasurable things for them – to find a book that
is peppered (so to speak) with little-known facts, reminiscences from your
childhood, comments about long-time friends, information about the sources of
some of the ingredients, the history of certain dishes, etc. I know I covered this in my class, but it is a very important aspect of
why you have presented your book in the way that you have. This has been such a pleasure. Please keep me posted. You
have my number.
October 9, 1999
No new recipes at the moment. I
am going to take a break and a well-deserved one at that.
I suppose there will still be a lot to do, but at least the bulk of the
job is complete. I have come to
believe that books are more alive that I originally thought. There are volumes of books out there with so much life energy poured into
them. They seem to possess you until you have finished writing
them, as if they were destined to be and you are their willing writing slave.
I sent Jay a little box of English tea and a
teapot as a
gift for all the editing help she gave me.
Somehow the card
must have ended up in the
base of the box, leaving her humorously confused.
October 9, 1999
You sweet, sweet thing, you! You would have laughed your head off if you could have seen
me when your package arrived. Finally,
I opened the smallest box first, thinking perhaps I could figure it out from
that and rewrap it. Why would I
order Brittany Welsh Cookies? The
minute I saw the teapot, all of the lights came on and I started to laugh. It was like Christmas. One
delight after the other. So now I
can have my very own authentic tea party and
we will toast you as we sip.
By the way, everything was impeccably packed; nothing was
chipped, nicked or damaged in the slightest. It was the best shipping package I have seen in a long time.
The Vermont Country Store really knows its stuff.
It has reached a point where I am becoming very anxious for
your book to become available. I
want to try some of those recipes or show them to some friends. Again, it has been a true pleasure doing business with you.
Let me know if there is anything I can do to help.
October 14, 1999
Should I send the entire manuscript to a publisher who
requested it? I am terrified to
send it. One of the reasons is I
haven’t the slightest notion how I should send such a huge document. Should it be bound in two folders?
HELP! No rush, I was just
wondering what you thought.
Did I tell you I ordered a laptop this last week? I am in a state of euphoria.
ten-year-old computer. Hello to
sitting in bed and e-mailing friends or surfing the
infinite web. Goodbye to being a prisoner of the desk.
I feel that wonderful things will happen in the future and
look forward to seeing my book published in my lifetime.
Can anything stop determination?
October 17, 1999
Seasoned with Love, what a great new title. It is much, much better! And
it is the perfect set-up for the new introduction, which is also much improved. You must be a fully-fledged author.
I can distinctly hear the birth pangs of a writer as her book demands to
be born. There is nothing quite like it. I have helped so many of you folks go through this process and it’s a
miracle every time. I have so much
respect for the commitment it takes, the creative desire that demands to be
satisfied and the just plain old “stick-to-it-ivness" until that last page is
completed! I tip my hat to you.
Keep up the good work,
Lots of editing, reviewing and site building
going on this year...
Almost a year passes, and
I'm still working!!!
September 9, 2000
I hope things
are going well in your life. I just
read a book called: Caring
in Remembered Ways by Maggie Steincrohn Davis. It was a beautiful book about caring. I am reviewing it today. Like Maggie, I know you have learned so much in your life. She is a great writer and very poetic.
Well, by the time you have opened up this box you will see
that I did in fact make it to Kinko's (not without four trips to make sure they
did it right...OH BOY! Now we have
a complete original, which should print through the same each time...as long as
I am sending you a copy for a final check of the Index and anything else
you want to check. I literally
changed at least 4 things on every page, including some headers.
I feel that I am finished writing this cookbook.
Yes, I could tinker here and there...but you know...I think I am finally
feeling a sense of accomplishment and completion.
I like Morris Press because they could do a smaller book and
it would be such a cute book set.
We made a Jambalaya recipe a friend from the Internet sent me. It was so incredibly good.
we have another recipe and no place to put it! So, to combat my need to
include every last recipe in the one cookbook, I decided to start putting new
recipes in the Internet Kitchen.
Other authors have also been very supportive.
Some even placed my review of their book on their sites and then placed a
link back to www.SeasonedwithLove.com.
Life is good!
October 29, 2002
Hope you are doing well and spending lots of time with
family and friends as the holidays fast approach. I thought you might find it
amusing that I'm still not "officially" a cookbook author, yet I made
it into the Wall Street Journal.
Then, my mother finally opened up all her boxes of old
recipes and we found my old handwritten recipes from 20 years ago. How
Anyway, my focus changed to reviews for a bit and it looks like that was the
right path to take.
If any of your authors need reviews, I'd be happy to review their books.
P.S. Thank you for believing in me! It works.
I hope this finds you well, happy and prosperous.
Another Client was reviewed in the NY Times Book Review,
and another client has a birthday on 9-11. Keep
up the good work!
It is impossible to work on my cookbook and not think of your kindness. I came
across a CD which I think you might enjoy. This CD is especially healing.
Hope your move went well. I just downsized my life so I
could focus more on what really matters.
Thanx for being proud of me in regards to the WSJ article. It counts. Your
influence in my life is more than what you probably could imagine. I think I am
also reviewing now because of how you took an interest in my writing. It only
takes one person to help you figure out what you really want to do and sometimes
you just can't figure it out on your own. (Oh, and one of my relatives said the
chocolate fudge I made this last Christmas was the BEST she had EVER tasted.) Of
course it was YOUR recipe.
As far as my dear cookbook goes. I have copied all the info into a program put
out by Morris Press and it is just an excellent program and so easy to use.
While doing that I realized a few of my cookie recipes didn't have quantities in
them. So, what a good excuse to do some more baking. All you have to do is send
in an order form and the disc with the information. It was quite easy to finish
in a matter of weeks.
The economy is sure putting my dreams on hold for a bit. Anyway, I am
still hopeful. Just wanted to send you a note to let you know I was
thinking about you. Hope all is well.
Happy thoughts and Good Wishes,
January 5, 2005
So, the top of Amazon has been an entertaining tower to live in. As I
drove by the "real" Amazon castle over in Seattle, I thought how
appropriate to have offices up there on the hill.
I have started to think that you touch
people's lives in a magical way. It has become more apparent, especially
after appearing in the L.A. Times too. There are very few people who have
affected my life in a profound way.
Recently I reviewed a book of poems and
found out how easy it is to publish them. Apparently even Random House
produces print-on-demand books now.
The cookbook is still in the works. After upgrading to the new computer
program I found out that my old input was not compatible. So, guess what?
YES, the horror of retyping all the recipes.
Love and New Year's Wishes,
The Cookbook is Finally Published
What I've been working on: REVIEWS