My book is officially out! This means it’s starting to appear on bookstore shelves and you can order it online. See my Book page for all of the ordering options. I had an East Coast launch party and a West Coast launch party (more about these in another post). The birth of my book baby has been thoroughly feted and I feel so lucky and proud! And it’s getting very good reviews–extra yay! It even got an notable mention on Eater.com’s Fall Cookbook and Food Book Preview (It’s under Pastries/Bakeries/Sweets).
I am learning so much. Who knew that promoting a book required so much learning? I now have a Square thingy that goes on my iPad and allows me to take credit cards and sell my book at venues that aren’t stores (I had no idea that selling books myself would be such a huge part of this process). I have perfected a signature tag line for when I sign books. I have a favorite Sharpie type that I like to use for signing and that is now always in my purse (extra fine point). I am learning that no question is too weird for people to ask (“Is your book pretty?” “Are your recipes good?” “Is your book good for the holidays?”)
I am also getting organized about packing and traveling (I am a Sagittarius, so traveling is my blood). I have a fold up trolley that fits in my new book tour suitcase that is the Baby Bear of the luggage world–not to small and not too big. The trolley is a must because it enables me to drag boxes of books all over the place–even onto the Amtrak train between DC and VA, where you’re apparently not supposed to be dragging cardboard boxes of books (oops). I now have packing cubes (which are brilliant) that I learned about on Seventeeth and Irving (go check out her site–I’m loving it). I know how to pack baking ingredients so that I can bake when I get where I’m going (put them in pre-measured amounts in double zip-lock bags in a packing cube). I have a host/ess gift that I love to give to those who are kind enough to let me stay at their houses. I know to pack strapping tape and packing tape to re-tape the boxes of leftover books to send home.
I have gluten-free snacks I pack for the plane (home-made trail mix of toasted pecans with home-dried fruit and dark chocolate M+Ms; travel packs of hummus, and travel packs of almond butter). I know that there are a zillion other options for snacks, but this snack collection is the best I have found for me. Because of my Oral Allergy Syndrome (OAS), I can’t eat raw fruits or vegetables, which really cramps my snacking style. And I don’t like and usually can’t tolerate commercial energy bars–my body rebels against them. If I have the time, I also like to pack a batch of Cheese Crackers from my book—it’s like having home-made Cheese-Its and they have some protein.
I have my carry-on routine set for the plane–which does not include my suitcase. Trying to drag even a small suitcase through the plane and hope for space in an an overhead bin is too stressful for me. So, I check my suitcase and carry on my purse and a backpack. My purse contains: purse-stuff, my iPad, my phone, and my Square thingy; and a lightweight backpack that contains: my snacks, a knitting project (currently I have Zoom-Zoom socks on my needles), my book to bake from and to show people–I always manage to sit next to people who are gluten-free–my fake pashima scarf that is so comfy and warm and serves as a shawl, scarf, or blanket depending on my needs, and a water bottle that I get after I go through security. This backpack also folds up into a little change purse-sized packet. This means I can empty it after I arrive at my destination and fold it up and put in my purse until I need to get back on another plane.
My friends ask me: “Can you believe it?” You have a book that is published! I say, “No! I can’t believe it!” Even when I’m signing books, it feels a little surreal. I’ve now signed about 3 boxes worth of books and I still can’t believe my good fortune!
My next stop is Portland, OR next weekend. Come see me!! Details:
Gluten-Free Holiday Food Fair
Saturday, October 27th, 11-3
Mittleman Jewish Community Center (bring ID for security at the door)
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