May 26, 2011

What I Plan To Do With My Summer Vacation

When I was in highschool the teachers used to ask each of us on the last day of school what our goals were for the summer and what we hoped to achieve over the next three months.   There were always a range of ambitious answers from “complete all my college application essays” to “read Shakespeare’s entire collection of work.”  Then Labor Day would roll around and we’d sheepishly admit that none of what we had hoped to accomplish had actually gotten done.  But didn’t our new tans look good (tans we would regret 20 years later when they came back as wrinkles!).

With Memorial Day weekend here in the States being the unofficial start of summer (can someone please let the weather in the Pacific Northwest know that summer is supposed to be here!), I’m going out on a limb to tell you my summer goal.  I can’t use the word vacation since I, unlike highschool kids, don’t have the summer off and in fact my nonprofit job kicks into high gear in the warmer months.   Regardless, my goal is to have a new book completed by Labor Day.  It won’t be finished and ready to print, but I’m working on having it completely written and in the “editing” phase by Labor Day.   I don’t want to share too much other than it is a small food business book and it’s about a topic that I get asked about constantly.   Since one piece of feedback I received from my first book was that people loved reading the ‘How They Got Their Start’ stories about real food entrepreneurs, I’m in the process of interviewing a whole new set of food entrepreneurs who will be able to share their real-life experience with readers. 

It’s a lot of work but it’s a topic I’m passionate about and I look forward to getting all these thoughts that are running around my head down onto paper.  This means that you may notice, from time to time, fewer posts here if I’m well immersed in the book.  But I will share bits and pieces of the interviews with you here as there’s nothing I love more than sharing stories about food entrepreneurs.   Of course if you know of a food entrepreneur who just knocks your socks off – perhaps they have a unique business model, they offer a product unlike any you’ve seen before, or they’re just an amazing person – I’d love to know about them to see if they might be a good fit for the book.