By comparison, writing the book was a piece of cake (pun intended). Asking someone, well known, who I don’t know, to comment on my cookbook makes me squirm!
Suddenly, I can think of a dozen important things I should be doing—organizing my sock drawer for starters.
I am so out of my comfort zone!
Does this sound familiar?
I probably should be more specific: it’s not the initial contact that causes my stomach acid to churn; it’s the follow-up. When I don’t get that immediate reply saying, “Oh sure I’d love to do that for you,” and I have to reach out again. AGAIN? Really?
You’d think I’d know better—I don’t. Doesn’t the fact that they didn’t reply right away mean they do not want to be bothered?
How do you push through when anxiety threatens to impede your progress? I’d love any advice you have to offer.
I do have great news! Madeline Weinrib, the artist and designer, has said YES!
Ina Garten, from the Barefoot Contessa, was contacted but hasn’t responded. That means I have to reach out again, right?
Even though I’m really, really uncomfortable with this process I can’t stop now; I’ve come too far—I’ll just buy some antacids.
With antacids in hand, and remembering the power of six degrees of separation, may I ask for your help directly? Do you know anyone I could contact who has a recognizable name in the food and/or lifestyle fields that you think would consider writing a blurb for my book Le Kitchen Cookbook: a Workbook?
If so, would you be willing to make the introduction? I can send them part of or the complete manuscript for review. You can email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MERCI & THANK YOU!
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