Launching the book properly seems like a good idea, so please join me for an official Book Launch of “It Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time” at Centennial Market, the current home of Wheelie Good Coffee and more books with the Books and Beans store.
Everyone welcome – I’ll be signing books, and there’ll be hot drinks, book-related goodies and even UglyCakes available!
Saturday, November 3rd 10am – 3pm at Centennial Market, 1230 Broad St. Regina
This is the story of ten years in the coffee industry, and of starting businesses on a shoestring budget.
This is not a success story.
I am very far removed from those glamorous “people to watch” magazine articles about young entrepreneurs or ambitious women or hip millennials embracing the artisan/tech revolution or whatever it is the cool kids do. So few of those entrepreneurial books and certainly none of those inspirational memes ever tell you about things going wrong, about the disasters, the mistakes, the impossible decisions you’re faced with, or about the toilets you have to clean or the arseholes you have to deal with, or about the stupid risks or how hard you make yourself work for so little reward.
History is written by the winners. Inspiration is found in success. Perhaps this story should serve as a warning then? Read on if you dare…
A very good friend of mine has just asked me to help her set up a blog for her epic round the world sailing adventure. Blogs… I have a few. But Boats? I live in the exact furthest possible spot from either coast, and the nearest I’ve ever got to sea fairing was the channel tunnel train.
Her blog needs video too, so the above is a way of testing to see if WordPress automatically embeds videos. So far, so good.
It’s actually out! I am eagerly awaiting a huge box full of them. I’ll have some for sale on my Book and Beans stall at Centennial Market, and they’ll also be available in our local Chapters (“soon”) and of course, on Amazon, here currently only as a pre-order.
There is no cover picture on Amazon just yet – I will be doing an exclusive cover reveal via the Books and Beans mailing list this week and some sneak previews. Sign up here if you haven’t already!
Watch this space for details of the official launch, coming soon!
Exciting news!! Last week I launched another new little project – a mini bookstore! I’ve taken over a bookstall from friends on Centennial Market as they just didn’t have time for it any more. I’ve combined the book stall with my Wheelie Good Coffee cart, so there is now a very small bookstore-cafe at the market!
My selection is pretty tiny at the moment, but as with everything, it is a work in progress. Suggestions for what to stock are very welcome! Better still, most of my paperbacks are $5, and $6 will get you a new book AND a coffee. The perfect combination!
I will be stocking my own book when ‘It Seemed A Good Idea at the Time’ comes out very shortly. I have had the first round of edits back from my editor, and now the manuscript has gone off for Layout editing. Editing is a very strange process, and it’s taught me an awful lot about how I write, picking up on my annoying writing habits, repetitions and usual typos which I could not see by myself. There’s a lot of “Britishisms” in there too that I am not altogether comfy with having removed! Ah well, it’s all highly exciting, and I can’t wait to see it finished.
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!