Wednesday, 24 April 2013

3 Pieces of News

1.  219 Cooking Tips & Techniques you might find useful!

Today, tomorrow and Friday my little eBooklet is free on Amazon - so go here if you are in the UK or here in the US and get it.  If you are a dab hand in the kitchen it may not be much of an eye opener but it might have a few ideas you haven't thought of and if you are just starting out in the kitchen I think it might be helpful.


I have, much to my own surprise, suddenly created a newspaper which I have entitled  This means that once a week (at the moment - I might up the frequency) friendly twits will receive via Twitter an invitation to read said "newspaper" which will comprise any articles pertaining to the subject of food in general and leftovers in particular.  I shall be reading myself because in addition to articles I add myself having set certain parameters gather more stuff from around the net. .If you fancy reading it follow me on Twitter @suddenlunch.

(If it works I think I'll do another one about ice cream soon!)

3.  The Leftovers Handbook

In my last post I apologised on behalf of Amazon and myself for the delay in delivery of this book; it was published on 21st March but the first copies were not received until 19th or so April. Apparently there was a hold up at the distributor which has now been sorted so I hope if you ordered a copy you've got it now.  If you didn't Amazon have a deal on at the moment offering it for £8.31 instead of the cover price of £12.99 so now might be the time to go for it!

Saturday, 13 April 2013

Apologies from me and from Amazon

There's seems to have been a fair bit of confusion about my Leftovers Handbook - Amazon say the publication date was 21st March and yet anyone who has ordered a copy still hasn't received it.  I am so sorry about this - please bear with me, or rather with Amazon.  They have, however, also apologised thus ...
We regret to inform you that the following items have been delayed as we are still awaiting stock from our suppliers : 
Suzy Bowler "The Leftovers Handbook: A-Z of Every Ingredient In Your Kitchen with Inspirational Ideas For Using Them" Estimated arrival date: April 22 2013 - April 23 2013
One of Amazon's aims is to provide a convenient and efficient service; in this case, we have fallen short. Please accept our sincere apologies.
You haven't been charged for this item yet as we don't debit money from your payment card until just before your items are dispatched. We'll send you a confirmation e-mail when your items are dispatched to confirm the date, contents and method of delivery.
Anyhoo, there you have it - sorry again.

Suzy Bowler

PS. At least I've got mine and as you can see I'm playing with the filters on my photo programme!

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A bit surprised by the Writer and Artists Yearbook

I have been eagerly awaiting my 2013 Artists and Writers' Yearbook so that I could research magazines I'd like to pitch now I have the strength of a published book behind me.  I have already written several articles for Vegetarian Living but was surprised to see they are not mentioned in the yearbook. 

Soon after that I was surprised to see that Cook Vegetarian was not in there.  My third surprise came when I decided to try Great British Food - not there!  These are surely 3 of the leading UK foodie mags (after Delicious, of course, and some of the Beeb's magazines).  Eat In? - no.  Easy Food - no. Good to Know Recipes? - um, no. 

That's about it for food magazines, I haven't fully researched other subject matters but I would have thought the above magazines would all have been bigger sellers than, say, Picture Postcard Monthly or Music Teacher.  Not that I in any way mean to disparage these two magazine, rather I wish to parage the food magazine mentioned above, if paraging is something one can do.

I'm still glad to get the Yearbook and there's lots of useful info in it (I found my lovely agent Jen Christie of Graham Mae Christie through an earlier edition) but does anyone know how they select which publications to include?  

Thank you,

Suzy Bowler

Saturday, 6 April 2013

Now writing for CCN!

Things are hotting up for me ... I think, it's hard to tell!  I have received copies of my book and it is a strange and pleasant thing to hold a real bona fide book with my name on the cover.

The book can be ordered from Amazon at quite a good discount (at the moment the cover price is 12.99 but Amazon who always discount anyway have a special offer on it - £8.31) and for ease of ordering I have added a widget to my other website, Sudden Lunch!  It's in the sidebar and looks like this ..

Having the widget on my other blog does mean you have to click twice instead of once but it's still easier peasier than having to go to Amazon all by yourself!  I'd add a widget here too but Amazon only allows one site to be widgetted (new word!) per person and Sudden Lunch at the moment is getting over 20,000 hits a month which this one is not!  Early days! 

I am writing for CCN!

I like that headline!  CCN of course stands for Cornwall Community News and they have asked me to contribute a weekly-ish article and Cornish foodie stuff.  Myfirst, on lovely Cornish Gouda, can be seen here. 

CCN gave called me "the chef of leftovers" which title I'm pretty sure I shall adopt.

Reviews, Amazon and Goodreads

If by any chance you should read and enjoy my book (or indeed anybody's book) it is a real help if you then review it on Amazon, I am trying to remember to do this myself with writers I like.  Goodreads is another great place to not only rate or review books but also to find things you'd like to read - I have started an online shelf of books I am going to look out for. I have, incidentally, heard that Amazon have purchased Goodreads so they may now be one and the same thing!