Thursday, August 13, 2009

The next steps

Today, I sent my agent the proposals of my next two books. You read that right. OK, it might have taken me awhile but ever the over-achiever, I felt the need to get right back on the horse with a vengeance. So, officially, I'm at work on two books, although, unofficially, I'm working on four. Who can blame me? I can barely read one book at a time.

The reality, of course, is that my agent will come back with feedback, and I'll probably have to rewrite a lot of it. And I didn't send him a sample chapter, which normally a second-round author wouldn't need but we both agreed that I'd write for the sake of knowing how the whole thing would play itself out.

I've come to a couple of important conclusions in this whole process. One, writing a follow-up to a first book is tough. Second, while I love reading food memoirs, I wasn't completely sure that I want to write another one. Not for my sake, but for everyone around me. ("You're gonna include that?")

A lot of people have asked about the next book. So far, all I can say is that somewhere between The Sharper Your Knife the Less You Cry and now, I had a bit of an existential crisis. After all, when you’ve accomplished your lifelong dream by attending Le Cordon Bleu at age 36, and are now theoretically living happily ever after with the man of your dreams, what exactly are you supposed to do for the next 30 years or so? That's the premise.

Book No. 3? That's a secret... for now.

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Blogger Little Ms Blogger said...

I recently purchased your book and am looking forward to reading it.

August 13, 2009 at 9:40 PM  
Blogger Larry said...

Your loyal fans await, Ms. Flinn.

August 14, 2009 at 8:23 AM  
Blogger Suzie the Foodie said...

I know whatever you write, I will love it. :)

I guess you just gotta come up with another goal and dream and keep on making them come true.

Way to go for reaching those lifetime goals already!

Existential crisis? Oh yeah, I am so there too.

August 14, 2009 at 11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I loved your book and all of my friends who jumped on the band wagon also loved it. I can't wait for what's next :)

August 16, 2009 at 5:49 AM  
Blogger Stephanie said...

Hi Kathleen,

I just finished your book...about two and a half minutes ago. Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am moving to Texas in just two weeks and find myself starting over. I picked the perfect book to read before setting out. Did you know there is a Le Cordon Bleu in Austin? What a coincidence! Whether or not I go to cooking school, I at least have the confidence your story gave me...oh and some new recipes ;)

Thanks again. Look forward to the next book!

Stephanie in NJ

August 16, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
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August 16, 2009 at 6:39 PM  
Anonymous Shelley said...

I loved your book -- I'm thrilled to hear you have a couple of new proposals out there in the world. Good luck...

August 20, 2009 at 10:03 PM  
Blogger tootie said...

Your first book really inspired me, and I can't wait to read more!

August 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM  
Anonymous Alexis said...

I loved your book. I am so excited for the next one!! I just saw that there is a sweepstakes for a spot in your food writing class. I just entered!!

August 31, 2009 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Annabelle said...

Cannot wait for the next book. Please, please hurray up and write!!

September 24, 2009 at 1:21 PM  

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