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I am happy.

It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time, my memoir work about my attempts to start different coffee businesses, is getting published next year, and I am madly excited!

Actually. “excited” is an understatement; it was a total surprise and I am over the moon about it! I had resigned myself to the fact that I was never going to get anywhere with traditional publishers and had started making plans to self-publish instead. I did a mini print run, and the dozen or so copies that you lovely people bought at the market the other week are (obviously) now exclusive and valuable first editions (ahem). Hang on to those flawed first attempts!

It took 16 months to find a publisher. I made a few very half-hearted attempts to find an agent, but soon gave in and focused on querying publishers that accepted unsolicited manuscripts. After 8 other rejections, one brush with a vanity publisher who didn’t advertise themselves as such (and wanted nearly $4000 to publish it) and one place that hasn’t ever replied after more than a year, I finally got lucky and received an offer to publish my book! Pottersfield Press in Nova Scotia publish a lot of memoirs and Canadiana, and so mine will come out with them in late summer 2018. I’ll even get a small advance!

The publisher assigned me an editor, Julia, and I will start the next stage of turning my words into something commercially acceptable in the new year. I can’t wait!


My name is Annabel Townsend, and I really am a doctor of coffee! I wrote my PhD. thesis about ideas of quality in the coffee industry, from the University of Sheffield, UK. When I'm not making coffee, I write a lot of creative non-fiction, ride my bikes everywhere and enjoy life in the flat bit of Canada.

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