Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop

Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop


Publishing Food Stories is a day of discussion and interaction, exploring the different ways we tell food stories today, and how to get them published. From inspiration, to building a platform, recipe writing, nailing a literary agent, blogging, journals, crowd-funding, self-publishing, and traditional publishing, this is a behind-the-scenes workshop with the people who bring cookbooks and magazines to life.  This will be an honest, informed and, most importantly, inspiring exploration of food publishing right now.

Led by a panel of industry experts at Neighborhood Studio's intimate test kitchen, Publishing Food Stories is a rare opportunity to get up close and personal with key industry leaders from the world of food publishing. Our event will help you understand how to tell compelling and authentic food stories in an increasingly competitive and diversified industry.

If you are a writer, food blogger, food photographer, stylist, published cookbook author, first-time author, aspiring food journalist or publisher looking for inspiration and information, this is the workshop for you. Each panelist will be on hand to provide their unique and hands-on experience in publishing, and will share advice on the steps you need to take to get published. All attendees will have time to ask questions and speak openly with the panelists - bring your ideas and questions.

This workshop will include time to mingle and enjoy a beautiful lunch in our kitchen, cooked by Jodi Moreno and Hetty McKinnon.

Our panel:

Holly La Due is a commissioning editor for food, lifestyle, and art books at Prestel Publishing in New York. She published James Beard Award winning Eat In My Kitchen by Meike Peters in 2016. Holly will talk about cookbook publishing and what publishers are looking for in book proposals.

Judy Linden is EVP Literary Agent at Stonesong, a long-standing literary agency, and formerly VP, Executive Editor at The Putnam Publishing Group (now PenguinRandomHouse). She represents adult nonfiction titles, mostly in the illustrated lifestyle genre with a special emphasis on cookbooks.  Her authors/titles include Hetty McKinnon/Neighborhood and Family; Jeanine Donofrio/The Love & Lemons Cookbook and the Love & Lemons Recipe Journal/Market List; Karen Mordechai/ Sunday Suppers and Simple Fare, Grace Bonney/ Design*Sponge and In The Company of Woman, Paul Lowe/Sweet Paul Eat & Make, among others. Judy will talk about how to attract a book agent and putting together your cookbook proposal.

Marisa Dobson is the founder & principal of Scintillate, a consulting agency that specializes in food & lifestyle clients. For over ten years, she's worked with professional creatives to turn their passions into passion projects. She's here to talk with us about building the all-important "platform" in a genuine and fruitful way.

Lukas Volger is the author of three cookbooks, including Bowl and Veggie Burgers Every Which Way, and a co-founder and the editorial director of Jarry. Lukas will talk about the process of writing a cookbook and independent publishing.

Luisa Brimble is an acclaimed photographer who has photographed over seven cookbooks. She will share the backstory on her beautiful new book Wild, successfully funded on Kickstarter.

Jodi Moreno is an award-nominated food writer and photographer, who shares healthy yet tasty recipes on her blog What’s Cooking Good Looking. Jodi’s first cookbook More With Less will be released in 2018 and she will discuss the road from blogging to traditional publishing, and recipe writing.

Hetty McKinnon is a cook and author of two cookbooks, Community and Neighborhood. She is also the (self)publisher and editor of the brand new Peddler Journal, a new multicultural food journal. Hetty will talk about her journey from cook to writer, and from self-publishing, to traditional publishing and then back again.


Publishing food stories, an intimate workshop

Date: Saturday 4 November 2017

Time: 10am – 3pm

Location: Neighborhood Studio, 574 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor

Price: $250.00

What’s included: Morning tea and lunch. All attendees will be emailed a schedule of the day prior to the event.

We will also have a mini bookstore set up for the day where you can purchase books and magazines created by our panel.

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