Dianne Jacob dishes on everything from food blogs to making it as a writer
Dianne Jacob is the food writer all other food writers turn to for help.
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A: I started the blog as a marketing aid and because I couldn't write a huge chapter about blogging otherwise. It became an excellent way to build readership for the second edition. When I announced the new release on my blog, it was the first published information about the second edition of "Will Write for Food." The Amazon sales rank increased immediately, and the book became a top seller.Skip to next paragraph
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Since starting the blog in June 2009, I've been invited to speak at food blogging conferences, which has helped generate business. A reader of my blog convinced her publisher to have me edit her recipes in a soon-to-be published book. Other than that, the blog, Twitter, and Facebook all work together to expand my platform, as we say in the publishing business. That's the ability to attract potential purchasers.
Q: Which food books or blogs do you recommend for aspiring writers to read?
A: Ack! I'm going to get in trouble because I know so many good bloggers, and it's hard to pare down a list. Okay, here goes:
Ree Drummond home schools her kids from an Oklahoma cattle ranch and writes cooking posts to readers as if they are her best girlfriends (including lots about her sexy husband, Marlborough Man). A dependable comfort food cook, she doles out recipes with a light touch and dozens of step-by-step photos.
Molly Wizenberg's lyrical blog, Orangette, recounts, with great honesty and thoughtfulness, a young life in Seattle with the kitchen at its center. Soon after she launched her blog, Wizenberg began an e-mail correspondence with a reader who eventually came west, where they married and opened a pizza restaurant together.
Rebekah Denn blogs at eatallaboutit.com.