I guess I have some news…

I don’t know how else to say this.

I’ve been working on a big project.
It’s actually a book…
Over the past six months, every spare moment of my time was devoted to writing. One of my friends asked, “How is that humanly possible with a full-time job, a toddler, and a daily blog?”

It wasn’t easy, but I loved writing.
Well, I worked seven days a week; I worked through the holidays. And, luckily, I didn’t suffer from writer’s block. How could I? There is so much to tell. So much to reveal…
Aside from talking about the school lunches and the kids, how I survived the year and more about Mrs. Q, there is a guide for school lunch reform that is uniquely my own. The book is a story about one personβ€” me β€” doing something because I cared enough to take action. And then, I give you some tips on what you can do in your community.
Every time I read a few pages, I chuckle. Although I take this issue very seriously, I used humor to tell my story. Food can be funny, especially school lunch food!
I don’t have all the details yet, but the book scheduled to be published later this year by Chronicle Books. This whole thing came as a happy surprise, but it is a logical continuation of the blog’s campaign to raise awareness about school lunch.

Oh yeah, and then I will come out, too…

Thank you so much for what you have contributed to the blog project. There is no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t be where I am today if you hadn’t helped me along, guiding me with comments and teaching me with emails. I’m grateful that we all care about the food kids eat at school and I hope that my book contributes in a meaningful way.

Now I’m going to go find a nice paper bag and use it to breathe.

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92 thoughts on “I guess I have some news…”

  1. YES!!!!! I am thrilled to hear this news and I simply cannot wait to purchase the book and start reading it. Congrats to you on this wonderful accomplishment!

  2. This news is amazing! Congratulations! I can't wait to buy your book! I've been following you for nearly a year, and you are so inspiring.

  3. Congratulations on your new and upcoming book. I have been following your journey for a while now (though from a distance) and find it hard to comprehend the whole American School Lunch system. I'm glad there are still people like yourself who are willing to stand up for what you believe in and the future of our children. I just hope that more people will sit up and listen.

    From an Aussie in Japan with a background in nutrition

  4. Congrats on this HUGE accomplishment. I'll definitely buy it! I'm so happy that you're continuing to raise awareness about school lunches. Thank you for all that you've done.

  5. As a long-time follower, I kind of feel like a proud mama (or at least a good friend:) that you are making this big step! Exciting! I hope you continue writing your blog and being as personable and open about your experiences as you have always been.

  6. Thank you. I'm humbled by your comments. I have shared more with the readers of this blog than some of my long-time friends. So I really have welcomed you into my lives through the lunches I have eaten and shared with you.

    They always say that eating is really a social activity and have we ever been social about my food!! πŸ™‚

  7. Congratulations! on the professional note, I look forward to seeing your book in our library. On a personal note, I love buying from chronicle books.

  8. Hooray! And funny, because Caroline just linked to your blog from Facebook and I immediately thought, "Writing a book about Dana's fight would be SO COOL." Glad to hear the right person is doing it.

    And yes, you can write a book with a toddler. I've been doing it. God knows how. πŸ™‚

  9. Hurray, Mrs. Q. Although now that I count you as a real friend (we shared a few meals and lots of fun in real life, after all), I can't wait for you to "come out" and show us your BOOK! I am SO proud of you and all that you have done over the past year. Hip Hip Horray!

  10. Oh yes! I was hoping you'd do something like this. It will be a great medium to reach even more people and hopefully make some significant change! Congrats! Can't wait to purchase it and help spread the news about it! πŸ™‚

  11. Congratulations! I was wondering why you didn't do a "big" reveal when you finished your year-long endeavor…I figured you had something else in the works! πŸ™‚

  12. I am so excited for you this is fantastic! Please keep me posted so we can help push it out over Social Media. . . .I am sure it will be great!

  13. right ON! So excited for you. (And I can't wait to read the book, too!)

  14. YAHOOOOO Mrs Q!!!!!

    That is so wonderful. I'd help you with a paper bag, but I'm not to handy, that is simply WONDERFUL.

    So glad.

  15. oh fantastic! I love Chronicle and I'll love to read your book. I can't wait (and wow on the writer's process, I'm so impressed πŸ™‚

  16. amazing! a logical progression for the journey you've been on…and a wonderful way to introduce yourself!

  17. Congratulations! I've been following you all along (in Canada), and will be happy to support you in buying this book (and extra copies for my friends!).

  18. This is so fantastic and exciting. I cannot wait to purchase and read it. Will we be reading it for your book club? I feel like you are such an inspiration for what one individual can do if they are passionate about something. I personally have been fascinated by your journey (and if I'm honest a little jealous too :)!)


  19. Congratulations! This is good news!

    I'm genuinely happy for you (and was sort of expecting a book deal would happen eventually, so I'm happy for me, too, since I get to run off to the bookstore and get myself a copy, thus supporting our favourite Mrs.Q and indulge in some more of your writing! *grin* ).


    I am sooooooooooooooo excited for you!! Thrilled! I cannot wait to buy a copy and readreadread!

  21. Amazing Mrs Q!!! I think I'm mostly itching to know who you *really* are after following you like a big creepo for a year, but I can't wait to get my hands on this book!

    Congrats on all the success and awareness this blog has brought to you!

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