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

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.