The Time I Wrote a Book in 5 Weeks

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Hi, I'm Tina!

I’m the owner of Carrots ‘N’ Cake as well as a Certified Nutrition Coach and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner (FDN-P). I use macros and functional nutrition to help women find balance within their diets while achieving their body composition goals.

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Let me preface this post by saying: Sometimes, I think I’m a crazy lunatic. And I know Mal thinks I’m a crazy lunatic. Actually, I know I am because I agree to stuff like this way too often.

After I wrote my first book, I vowed never to write another one. Writing books just wasn’t my thing.

But then, in late-December, I was approached by a small publishing house in Maine (a connection made through my first book editor) about writing a cookbook about smoothies and juice.

Smoothies and juice?!?

The topic definitely piqued my interest. I love freshly pressed juice, and, ever since I got pregnant (and especially in my first trimester when nothing was appetizing to me), smoothies have been one of my go-to meals and snacks.

After some initial email correspondence, I spoke with the owner of the publishing house about this project and everything sounded great: 100-125 recipes (half smoothies, half juice), an introduction, chapter headings, sidebars, and photos (through Shutterstock). BUT it all had to be finished by January 31, 2014, which was just 5 weeks away. (Holy crap!)

I really wanted to do this book, but I wasn’t sure if I could handle that much work, crammed into 5 weeks, especially while running CNC and writing for Health at the same time. I talked it over with Mal (I’m pretty sure he called me a ‘crazy lunatic’ at this point), and I eventually decided to go for it.

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And just 5 short weeks later… 140 recipes, 240 pages, and countless hours sitting in front of my computer, I submitted the first draft of my second book last Friday. It felt amazing, and it was the biggest relief ever. I don’t think I’ve ever been so consumed by a single project in my whole life, but, hopefully, the toughest part is over. For now. Editing is a whole different ball game!

My book is called The Part-Time Vegetarian (PTV) Smoothies and Juices: Boost Your Immune System and Increase Your Energy With a Flexitarian Diet. It will be released on June 10, 2014, but you can pre-order it now!


So that’s that: The time I wrote a book in 5 weeks and lived to tell about it. Crazy. I still can’t believe it.

I really hope you guys decide to check out my book. There are so many delicious recipes in it, and I am so excited to share them with everyone!

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