This is likely my last real post of this year (yay, holidays!) and, in honour of that and finally being able to show off my shiny new cover, I thought I’d share the story of how FUN WITH FROSTING (aka my cake book) came to be.
It all started with a tweet.
Yep, if you’re an aspiring author and don’t have a Twitter account, I hope this post inspires you to take the plunge, because if I didn’t have a Twitter account, I wouldn’t have a book contract right now.
I also hope this post inspires you to go out and follow as many writing industry people as possible, since I only saw this tweet because it was retweeted by an agent I follow.
Where was I again? Right, the tweet. Here it is:
I thought, Hey, I’m a writer. I do creative cake decorating. (In case you haven’t noticed, I’m a master of the obvious.) So I replied:
@nfrail17 I’m a writer who does creative cake decorating. I blog more about writing than cake, though.
This was her response:
@k_callard are you interested enough in both to want to write a how-to on cake decorating?
Now, at this point I still wasn’t too excited. Since she was looking for food bloggers, I got it in my head she was looking for a series of blog articles – which I felt more than capable of writing. I mean, before I had my boys, I was preparing to get certified as a cake decorating instructor (sadly the whole twin-pregnancy-and-babies-thing left me with no time or energy for teaching). So I asked for details.
While I was waiting for her to reply, I met with a writer-friend and told her about the tweets, saying I was all for writing a series of blog articles, but if she wanted a book…
“You will write the book,” she said.
That’s when I got excited.
Because she was right. I *could* write the book.
(By the way, if you’re an aspiring author and take anything else away from this story, it’s that you should make lots of writer-friends to encourage you when you’re doubting yourself.)
A few days later, Nicole emailed me the details. They were looking for a book, with at least 40 original designs, to be finished by November 1st. If I was interested, I needed to send in a proposal, with photos of my cakes – within the next two weeks.
I emailed Bri to check on her opinion, and while I waited, I started on the proposal and made a list of all my designs. By the time Bri answered to give me the okay, I already had half the proposal written (told you I was excited).
I baked up a batch of my signature mini monsters, photographed them, and wrote up the method. Once it was done I sent it Bri, who passed it on to Nicole, and, after a few weeks of waiting, they offered me the contract! Squee!
And that’s the story of how I came to write the cake book.
Oh, and did I mention Nicole’s tweet came the day before my birthday? Talk about things being meant to be…