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From My Build Your Dream Network: Cookbook Author, Katie Workman

By April 18, 2018 January 17th, 2019 No Comments

This is the second in a series of mentorship stories I’m sharing this year. Mentors in my network who have helped me. And not only am I sharing takeaways that hopefully will be useful in your endeavors, as these mentors are also authors, I’m randomly giving away copies of their book (so read on!).

Cookbook author Katie Workman and I used to be neighbors. One floor apart, I’d get the call to come down when she was testing out new recipes. Between that, a wonderful family including beloved dog Cooper, she was pretty much, hands down, the best person to befriend in the building. WHY did I move out of that neighborhood???

Katie’s career has been in publishing — editor, publisher, author — so who better to turn to with the question “HOW did this whole publishing thing work?”. Over lunch and sushi, Katie explained how the industry works.

Knowing what you’re stepping into is often half the battle to succeeding. Knowledge is power, and a gut check: do you have the stamina and wherewithal to pursue whatever it is you’re interested in pursuing? Katie didn’t sugarcoat her answers. After talking with her, I had a clear picture of what I was getting myself into.

And I must say, there is nothing like having a friend and mentor you can ask all the “stupid” questions to.

J. Kelly Hoey

J. Kelly Hoey

Kelly Hoey is the author of Build Your Dream Network (January 2017 / Tarcher Perigee). She has been lauded from Forbes (“1 of 5 Women Changing the World of VC/Entrepreneurship”) to Fast Company (“1 of the 25 Smartest Women On Twitter”) to Business Insider (“1 of the 100 Most Influential Tech Women On Twitter”) and Inc. (1 of “10 Most Well-Connected People in New York City's Startup Scene”). Empowering A Billion Women By 2020 included her on their list of the “100 Most Influential Global Leaders Empowering Women Worldwide”. Not bad for a former corporate lawyer. She’s a limited partner in two emerging tech funds (Laconia Capital Group and Lattice Ventures) and can frequently be found on Twitter @jkhoey.