Hello everyone! What a lovely summer it has been here in Maine! I hope to share a garden update within the next couple of weeks.
I’m thrilled to announce that I have begun writing a secret book that I think you will enjoy reading once it’s complete! It’s like my fingers are on FIRE* when I sit with my laptop each morning.
Now that I’m embracing writing as a full-time job as a means for an income I have to be business-like in my approach in addition to having enough passion about the material to keep me energized. A nice problem to have is that I have more interesting projects than I do time. I wish to continue blogging here, too, and that is income-free but not without expense. That’s why I apply good old Yankee Thrift to business savvy decision-making!
I have had a “come to Jesus” moment about writing a follow-up book about my retro diet. Humbly shared, I don’t have the means to do it. I presently have an outline, organized my vintage research materials (which did not come inexpensively!) and vast knowledge for the subject. The reality is that I can’t afford to invest my time in the heavy research and formatting issues to continue writing a follow-up book of its kind. Transcribing the many vintage passages I wish to include, digitizing the vast array of vintage images that people appreciated seeing in my first book and all of the technicalities that are involved with turning that into a Kindle book involves a large investment. All of that doesn’t include actually writing the book! That means that writing a book of this magnitude would take years without any income generated until the end–with no guarantee that I will profit from my hard work. That’s not a sustainable option.
Then I had an idea. Rather than abandoning the book all together, if there is enough interest to support it, “The Retro Diet” can be a dedicated, separate subscription-based blog (Patreon). In addition to what would have been in my book it could include commentary on current diet news from a vintage perspective, much like I did on my former complimentary blog for my first vintage diet book (which was very popular)! Also included would be a private interactive online community.
As always I’m interested in your thoughts! I hope you are all taking time to enjoy the simple pleasures of summer.
*”FIRE” is also a hint about the subject!