The News

A month ago I was contacted by an editor at a traditional publisher. She wanted to know if I would be interested in having a conversation about turning Home-Ec 101 into a book.

Immediately I turned to Google and Facebook, looking to see if it was a legit company.


I returned the email and a few days later we had a conversation that outlined the whole process.  The biggest hurdle is the pitch. She sent me a sample proposal and from that I began piecing together one for Home-Ec 101. After stressing about it and pestering people into giving their opinions, I finally turned it in -before the deadline, thank you very much.

Since then, it’s been a waiting game. Well, until yesterday that is. Around 1pm I got an email from the editor saying they really liked the idea and that it seems marketable. In fact, they wanted to hear it pitched in a larger size. (The original specs were for a paperback, slightly taller than your average novel, but not as thick (about 240 pgs ). Apparently they want to see it priced out in a larger book, I don’t know if that has anything to do with the number of words, adding content, or if it’s to allow for more whitespace.  I’ll negotiate my contract when the final size & cost of production are figured out.

Regardless, I’m beyond excited, if nothing else, this is flattering and validating. I plug away at HE101 hoping I’m not wasting my time.  Insecure much?  Always.

Publishing projects take a while, so it will be some time before I make the big announcement on Home-Ec 101. It’s not a secret, but I’m going to try to not make a big deal out of it until closer to the release.

I’m still on cloud nine.


#1 Mike on 11.21.09 at 1:51 pm

I want you to autograph my copy when I buy one.

#2 Heather @ Not a DIY Life on 11.21.09 at 1:52 pm

you SHOULD be on cloud 9!! That’s awesome!!! Congrats!

and just to validate you further, Home-Ec 101 is my go-to guide when I have cooking questions. I think I’m a pretty good cook, but it is so nice to have a place to double check and make sure I’m doing things right. For that, thank you!

#3 Brian on 11.21.09 at 1:54 pm

congratulations!! That is fantastic news! You definitely deserve it.

#4 Shawna Lee on 11.21.09 at 2:03 pm

Heather, you are so talented! What a blessing!!! Congratulations. I’d love to be your distributor in the Piedmont 😉

#5 Kate on 11.21.09 at 2:09 pm

Congrats. That is fabulous news!

#6 Becky on 11.21.09 at 2:14 pm

Congrats! I have really been enjoying the home-ec site for some time and am starting to go there more and more recipes!

#7 Agricola on 11.21.09 at 2:50 pm


Great news and validation that your concept has value. It’s been great to observe the process that you and Ivy have undertaken, to see the hard work, and to see the growth. I wish you the very best.

#8 Aunt B. on 11.21.09 at 3:24 pm

This is great and well-deserved news! Congratulations.

#9 ThatBobbieGirl on 11.21.09 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for filling in the details.
I’m very happy for you. 🙂
As you go forth with this project, and continue everything else,
don’t forget to breathe!

#10 Kathy T. on 11.23.09 at 11:50 am

If I haven’t already told you… I’m so proud and delighted for you! *GRIN* (that was my big grin)…

#11 Dr Alice on 11.27.09 at 9:30 am

Outstanding! What great news. Many congratulations.

#12 Cricket on 11.29.09 at 9:26 am

Really wonderful news!! Congrats!! 🙂

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