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Mama Deb [userpic]
Shock, amazement. Wow.

Friday afternoon, while I was cooking for Rosh HaShanah and not checking on, well, mail and such, a package arrived. jonbaker brought it upstairs, along with other mail and a bouquet of yellow daisies for the table.

I opened it, and it held three copies of Kashrus Magazine. A few weeks ago, I'd sent them some samples of my work, and then this piece I wrote especially to send to them. And.

They published it. And they didn't publish it as a "first person" piece. They published it as a *column*, under its own heading of "What's Cooking", with exortations to read it several times to get everything out of it.

This came as a complete surprise (as did the check for a substantial amount of money, considering.) I hadn't heard a thing from them since I sent the essay, which was published unchanged so far as I can tell. I need to talk to Rabbi Wikler about contract and deadlines (DEADLINES!) and reprint rights and such, but right now.

I'm a published writer. I'm a professional food writer, which is something I'd wanted to do for years. It's a national magazine, too, even if it has a fairly low circulation. And this was the kosher directory, which is the one people *keep*. And.

I danced for I don't know how long after lighting my candles, and we told everyone we could given that it was Shabbat and then yom tov. My mom and brother came for dinner the first night, and left with one of the copies, so that's done.

And. I'm still in shock.


Wooo-hoooo-hooooo!!! Good start for the year!

Now, you want to keep further serial/syndication rights. This is because you should be allowed, unless Kashrus has its own website, to have your column reproduced (after a time to be determined, typically after the issue with your piece is no longer in the newsstands) in places like the terrific Jewish World Review, which is run by a former Wall Street Journal reporter who's quite frum, Binyamin L. Jolkovsky, and who is keen to have a Jewish Living section next to the politics. JWR doesn't pay, as far as I know, but it would give you terrific exposure, because the politics side is read by Jews and non-Jews alike. (It's conservative, in politics I mean, not in Judaism.) Kashrus would benefit from it too, because you'd be taglined as their food columnist, so they'd get publicity.) If you want, I can look into other outlets, especially some who would pay, but do have a look at JWR!

Oh, I totally intend to keep the reprint rights. Not only would I want the exposure (Binyomin Jolkovsky is on the opposite side of the spectrum from us, politically speaking, and we had a run-in with his sister over shul politics, but that's all irrelevent) but, you know. Get enough columns together and maybe extra material, and there's a *book*.

Indeedy, and cookery books ALWAYS sell! Ab d people KEEP them CLOSE!

And have you peeked at JWR's Jewish Living section? It's not especially political.

(You had a run-in with BLJ's sister? Small world or what?)

She goes to our shul. It happened at a general meeting, and I won't go further than that.

It wouldn't be a cookery book, per se. It's more...essays than recipes.