Well as you know, I am not a celebrity chef and with the UK's celebrity obsessed culture I have got replies from publishers saying something to the effect, 'since you are not a celebrity it will be hard to work on this project, as UK residents love their celebrity cookbooks.' Fab!
Another reply, 'great idea but we are working on something similar.' Ugh! Similar what? region, food, style, theme?
But on the bright side, there have positive leads from friends which have led to other new leads, but it is a lot of waiting and trying to get a hold of the right person at the right time. A BIG THANKS to my friends who have connected me to some key people in publishing - it is most appreciated.
Oh and most places have replied saying you need an agent, do not contact us directly. So now onto approaching agents.
Am going to the London Book Fair (LBF) in April, which is one of the largest book fairs in the world so hopefully I can network a few more contacts - am going to wear neon pink or something bright or wacky like rooster earrings so people remember me!
Maybe I should make some rice balls and hand them out, any other suggestions appreciated.