So my book launched last Wednesday, and what a week it’s been! I’ve been truly overwhelmed by the response it’s received. Thank you so much to everyone that’s purchased the book so far and all the lovely messages you’ve been sending me. I can’t believe how quickly people have got stuck into it, and it’s been wonderful to see your all the pics you’ve been posting online.
Last Wednesday we had a launch event at the Rising Sun pub in Bath (kindly organised by my friend Vip). It was such an amazing night! ✨ So many people turned up (far more than I expected!) I didn’t personally know most of them, so it was great to chat and connect with these lovely people.
The photo below was taken while I was delivering a talk on the book (I’m the blurry person right at the back). I was terrified as I hate public speaking. I was a bit shaky and emotional in places, but I managed to get through it. Phew!
After the talk, the pub served a pasta dish from my cookbook and I had brought along some cakes and chocolate truffles for people to sample. With the talk out the way, I started to relax and enjoy myself. Here I am with my dear friends Cheryl and Sian…
and Sira and Esther ❤️
The photo above cracks me up. That Vip always has to steal the limelight lol!
From Wednesday through to Saturday, I was busy signing books and shipping them to the USA, Australia, the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, as well as all over the UK. I don’t have a car so I did multiple trips to the post office with as many books as I could possibly carry. It was certainly a good workout!
I was also busy making cakes and chocolates for Wiltshire Vegan Fair which took place last Sunday. It’s the first time that the county of Wiltshire has had a vegan fair, so it was very exciting to be involved in the debut event.
We didn’t know how many people would turn up, but the place was buzzing all day long.
Incredibly, we sold 67 copies of the Bit of the Good Stuff cookbook!!!
All my cakes and chocs were soon gone too!
Usually I spend my days alone (such is the life of a food blogger!) so it made a lovely change to get out and interact with people face to face. I met so many lovely, friendly folk at the fair and a few have already connected with me on social media so we can keep in touch.
Here I am with Annastasia and her gorgeous girl ❤️
I’m attending more events in the lead up to Christmas, culminating in a book signing at The Den at 23 in Colchester More details will be posted soon on our Facebook pages.
[Image credit: Aimee Ryan]
We’ve also been celebrating the book launch online. Aimee from Wallflower Kitchen wrote a gorgeous review of my book and shared the recipe for my Spiced Orange Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Aimee’s also running a worldwide giveaway of my cookbook which you can enter here. The giveaway closes on 5th December 2016.
One of my all-time favourite whole food companies – Sevenhills Whole Foods – have also been joining in the celebrations. They launched a worlwide giveaway of my book on Instagram. If you’ve got an Instagram account, it’s really easy to enter. Just head to their page @sevenhillswholefoods, and find the image above. Click on it and you’ll see details of how to enter. This giveaway ends Friday 25th November.
There are many reasons why I chose the self-publishing route, and one of the big reasons was so I could use the proceeds from book sales to support my favourite charities and animal sanctuaries. This month, I’m supporting the lovely Fiona Oakes and the Tower Hills Stables Animal Sanctuary ❤️ For every book purchased with the code ‘FIONA‘ entered at the checkout, £5 will be donated to the sanctuary.
Here’s Fiona’s mum Meg and Percy Bear with my book!
Here are a few more of the pics that you’ve been posting on Facebook and Twitter. I absolutely love seeing them so please do keep them coming! Use the hashtag #BitoftheGoodStuff on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and they’ll find their way to me.
And finally, a huge THANK YOU to everyone’s that posted a book review in the comments section of my bookshop. I am over the moon to hear how much you’re enjoying the book! Honestly, it’s a dream come true.
Now the book’s finished, I guess a better get on with some new recipe creations! If you’ve got any special requests don’t hesitate to give me a shout.
15 thoughts on “Book Launch Update, Events & Giveaways”
Sharon, that’s brilliant news – congratulations! And what a lovely launch event too. Have fun in Colchester! (I wish there had been vegan stuff there when I lived there – I left in 2004).
By the way, will you be making the book available on Kindle?
Thanks Nico ❤️ I’m really looking forward to our trip to Colchester and seeing Jen’s gorgeous vegan cafe! I’ve never actually been to Colchester town before (just the zoo on a school trip!)
We are planning to bring out an e-book version of the cookbook. If things go to plan, it should be available in Jan xx
Colchester is lovely – definitely one of my favourite places I’ve lived in Britain. I have lots and lots of happy memories from there! Are you going to do any sightseeing while you’re there? If you have time, do visit the castle, and Hollytrees museum (next door to each other). 🙂
Funny you should say about going to the zoo on a school trip – I think that may have been my first visit to the town too!
Great news about the eBook – I’ll look out for it in the new year! x
Your book sounds great. Any chance that it will come out in the US? And if so when?
Hi Sharon! We’re shipping the book worldwide from the UK. It can be ordered via my bookshop http://bitofthegoodstuff.com/bookshop/ and takes about 5 days to arrive . We’ve already sent quite a few copies to the US and Australia!
Aimee at Wallflower Kitchen is currently hosting a worldwide giveaway which is open until 5th December 2016. She also has a discount coupon which gives 15% off my book AND delivery (so definitely worth using for overseas purchases). All details in this post: http://wallflowerkitchen.com/spiced-orange-oatmeal-raisin-cookies/ xx
Sharon…so much has happened since the launch.!..I am “sharing you” with my Culture Club. I would loved you to explain to them all about the book and inspiration.
I am booking you for early New Year….. 😉
My feet have hardly touched the ground since the book launch. It’s been incredible! Thank you so much for all your kind words about the book. Means a lot to me ❤️ I’ve never attended a Culture Club before so that will be another new experience for me! Really looking to forward it xx
Congratulations on the book release! It’s exactly the kind of cook book I like getting stuck into. Great to hear it’s had so much positive response already 🙂
Thanks Nadia! ❤️
How exciting is that! Congratulations and much success, my friend!
Thank you Rebecca! ❤️
Yay congratulations Sharon. You’ve done so incredibly well. There must be an awful lot of work involved in self-publishing, so even more cudos to you. But how lovely to get so much positive feedback – hooray!
If you’d like me to do a review and giveaway on my blog, I’d be happy to do so. But don’t worry if not.
Aw thank you so much Choclette ❤️ It was a lot of work, but definitely worth it. And I’m so glad that I took others’ advice and self-published. It’s been an incredible experience to produce the book from scratch and to now it in other people’s kitchens! Thank you for kindly offering to review it. I’ll be in touch xx
So pleased for you Sharon. I know its been a long time in the making, but I’m sure its been worth the wait. X
Thank you so much Dan! ❤️ It did take a long time, but definitely worth it. It’s so lovely to see people using & enjoying the book 😀