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Highlights from Melbourne, Sunday Bacon Club & Project: BACON Pre-Orders

Danny! A gorgeous orphan koala at the Great Ocean Ecolodge

Danny! A gorgeous orphan koala at the Great Ocean Ecolodge

Well, hello! Are you still there? You are! I can still see you exploring the archive, which is very cheering to see, and unexpected. I have that blogger paranoia where if I don’t write for a while you disappear, you see. It is a common affliction.

What a couple of weeks! That illness which demanded chicken soup turned out to be fierce, and I spent much of a week in bed. When I finally came to, I had to work like a demon to make up for lost time, even through the night to deliver bacon boxes, before I boarded my flight to Australia. I slept almost the whole way here. Which is 24 hours or so. I am now in Melbourne for the Food & Wine Festival, which has been a terrific experience, and I have lots on that, and the restaurants that I have visited in between to share here in the coming days.

I don’t know if I am tired because I am jet lagged (it has been a week so I really should be ok now), or because I am recovering from being ill. Either way, I haven’t had a lot of energy for writing. Perhaps I diverted too much of myself into Project: BACON and my body enforced a break? Maybe so.

Writing and publishing Project: BACON the way that I have chosen to was the right thing to do, but it requires three times the level of energy required for writing a book. And that is ok – in fact it has been so very interesting – but it is much more than I had factored in, in terms of timelines and energy involved.

My conversations recently have been all about paper, and colour, and print, volume sizes of books (so that I can figure out storage), cloth covering, gold leaf, spangly enthusiastic pigs, timelines, even forklifts, and that is just the printing. Which is one small portion of the book production process. So, the last few months have been pretty intense. However, Project: BACON is shaping up nicely, despite road blocks, the latest of which being my poor photographer who was injured her knee quite badly on the ski slopes and needs surgery. Woe for her and I hope she feels so much better soon! We get moving on the photographs in April, when she should hopefully feel a bit better.

So, for now, some photos. And soon lots more. Some housekeeping too, before I go:

There are still places available for the next – and last for the foreseeable – Sunday Bacon Club on April 6th. The date had to be moved from the original March 30th date as I hadn’t realised that it was Mother’s Day (doh!). You can book by paying on paypal here.

You can still order April Bacon Boxes (including candied bacon salt, bacon flapjacks, bacon butter fudge, bacon butter toffee, bacon marshmallow krispie bars & bourbon bacon chocolate brownies). Numbers are limited. I don’t think people have seen them as they are further down the page so there are plenty left. So grab them! :) Limited edition gorgeous copies of the book are available too. You can only order up until May on Shopstarter to get a hardback limited edition copy. I am investigating a possible paperback that will retail online, but this is not a guarantee, and won’t be available for a little while.

Project: BACON folks who are awaiting bacon boxes – you can expect an email from me soon. All remaining will be made and shipped when I return at the start of April – thank you!

Nectarines with chilli salt at Little Saigon Market in Footscray, Melbourne

Nectarines with chilli salt at Little Saigon Market in Footscray, Melbourne

Nathan Outlaw's terrific mussel and oyster soup, and a visit to a mussel farm, at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Water Masterclass

Nathan Outlaw’s terrific mussel and oyster soup, and a visit to a mussel farm, at the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival Water Masterclass

Sunset at the Great Ocean Ecolodge

Sunset at the Great Ocean Ecolodge

Highlights from an extraordinarily fun and really delicious Rickshaw Run in Footscray, Melbourne

Highlights from an extraordinarily fun and really delicious Rickshaw Run in Footscray, Melbourne

Highlights from a wonderful meal at Attica

Highlights from a wonderful meal at Attica

Sunset in downtown Melbourne

Sunset in downtown Melbourne

A wild koala, on a very bare tree. Just at the side of the road

A wild koala, on a very bare tree. Just at the side of the road

Er… it is a little koala heavy, right? But I saw a lot, and I LOVE them. So please forgive me, and enjoy them.

My visit to Australia is supported by Tourism Australia

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Project:BACON Update

Project:BACON 22 days to go and 27% funded!

Project:BACON 22 days to go and 27% funded! – play won’t work here, but it will on Kickstarter :)

So, I did it, and I put it out there. It was scary. What if people didn’t want my bacon book as much as me? It is a very public and nerve wracking way of exploring interest in your work, and the good news is that you and others support it (20% of the funding so far has been direct from the Kickstarter community who discovered it on there, amazingly).

PHEW.

It is exactly one week since I put Project:BACON on Kickstarter and it is funded by 27% as I type. This is fantastic, but I am still a fair way off with just 3 weeks to go.

So, I need you to jump on board. Here is another low down, briefly, as my last post was (well) wordy. Go figure.

Project:BACON on the Kickstarter Popular list! SQUEEEE!

Project:BACON on the Kickstarter Popular list! SQUEEEE!

So –

Kickstarter is a crowdfunding platform. I am basically asking you to buy my next book in advance to allow me to write and publish it myself.

WHY?

I am a prince certified project manager (I never thought I would type that here) and previously worked in scientific publishing as a project manager. I want to apply these skills to my own book and to publish my next book myself.

I have met some amazing and inspiring self published authors in the last few years who have proven to me that through self publishing, you can write your book exactly as you want to write it and do a great job, and with high production values. It is a lot more work, but I have never been afraid of that.

I want to write a book that is in essence a bacon wonderland. I want to write recipes that take you from breakfast to brunch to supper to a bonkers bacon party where you can serve your guests – or just yourself – bourbon bacon and vanilla ice cream, bacon fudge, bacon marshmallow, bacon cocktails and lots of other delicious things.

HOW?

Raising £20,000 on Kickstarter will allow me to put these plans in motion. This sum (minus taxes) will allow me to pay an editor, a photographer and a book designer.  Together we can put together an ace bacon book with 80 recipes with a great cover and lots of photographs. There will be a limited print run for the people who supported the Kickstarter project. This doesn’t include anything for me, simply the production of the book. I hope to make money later on from the ebook.

This amount will pay only for the hardback books that are bought on Kickstarter, so this is exclusive to Kickstarter. You will be able to purchase a Project: BACON ebook after it launches in February but I will not be selling the hardcover book on Amazon, as Amazon fees mean it will actually cost me money to sell it there. I am many things, but I am not rich or stupid. (If it does really well, I will consider a paperback, but that is not factored into the costs here, and it would have to do really well to fund it).

If I raise more than £20,000 I can expand the book concept, increasing the amount of design time and including some illustration and more photographs. More pledges for books means I need to print more books. If I print a lot, my print run is cheaper, and I can produce magical bacon videos to go with the book and work on some bacon merchandise. I can consider a paperback version to sell on Amazon (it would have to do extremely well to consider this). I have so many ideas.

HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?

Support the Kickstarter project by:

subscribing to the Bacon Post for £3 which gets you weekly electronic updates and 12 new and exclusive bacon recipes from the Project:BACON book

buying the ebook for £8 early bird or £10 when that runs out (incl The Bacon Post)

buying the hardback signed print Project:BACON book for £17 early bird (almost gone) or £20 incl UK postage (incl The Bacon Post). I will post anywhere for a £5 fee. Don’t hold out for Amazon discounts as they will simply never exist.

buying the hardback signed print Project:BACON book along with a signed copy of my first cookbook, Comfort & Spice for £35 incl UK postage (incl The Bacon Post). I will post anywhere for a £10 fee (the books will be quite heavy).

buy a 3 hour bacon masterclass for you and five friends for £540 incl a copy of the book each. I can travel to you, within reason. Email me first. As it stands I am talking to people about Bacon Masterclasses in France and in Dublin. Possibly even Hong Kong! I can be flexible on numbers too with some adjustments. This includes The Bacon Post for everyone at the class.

There are just 22 days left with 219 backers so far. Which is wonderful, and I appreciate every single one, but there are many, many more of you reading this here!

Leave me a comment with your thoughts, I would love to hear from you and to hear what you think about this.