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finally…. a new book!!! and a Sweetopia Giveaway!!!

I was going to title this post “Breaking News…” but this news has been so long in the making, “breaking” didn’t feel right at all. I’ve been bursting at the seams keeping this in, but I have to share the news with all of you.

I’m writing a book!!

My new book is underway, and I hope it will be on shelves either late this year or early next year. I’ve been plugging away at it for months now, and I’m in the home stretch. And so, the next few weeks may be light on the posts, so I’ll ask you to bear with me. Between the book, my other gig, my needy kid, a mobilized hubby, and the rest of life, I sleep very very little.

yeah, I take notes on my kid’s construction paper

This book will be about more than cookies. I’m including recipes and how-tos for decorating cookies, cupcakes, little cakes, some bigger cakes, treats on sticks and of course marshmallows. You won’t believe how much is packed in this book. Incorporating everything I’ve learned from baking and crafting from my years as a cookie decorator, here on this blog, and from you and your amazing questions, this book is full of ideas for crafty, sweet treats (over 50 of them!) and will be a go-to resource for crafting your own sweet treats. Imagine walking down the baking aisle of the craft store and rather than feeling overwhelmed by the rows of fondant and sprinkles and tubs and tubes, feeling in total control and inspired instead.

I’m very excited to be working with my publisher, Harlequin. Yes, they of the uber-popular romance novels (and no, my husband doesn’t have to pose on the cover, I asked). They are a huge operation, and they are expanding their non-fiction section, so I’m already fully wowwed by their enthusiasm for my book and their support.

As anyone out there who has tried to get a book published knows, it can be a long tough road. This book is more than a few months in the making, it’s been a couple years really, working with my fantastic agent to develop just the right project. And I appreciate every single one of you, since without you, there would be no blog, no experimenting with crafty sweets and no book. So

Thank you!!

But wait, there’s more!!!

The wonderful Marian of the equally wonderful Sweetopia (anyone who has the slightest interest in cookie decorating knows Sweetopia, and anyone who has the slightest interest in cookie decorating who doesn’t know Sweetopia must visit immediately) is giving away an autographed copy (aw shucks) of my first book, Cookie Sensations.

To enter the giveaway at Sweetopia, CLICK HERE.

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23 Comments

  1. Kenni
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Permalink

    If I didn't already have your book I would enter this. Darn it!

  2. Pink Little Cake
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your new book! I will be looking forward to get it and hopefully meet you if you do a book tour.

  3. Our Family
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    I entered and really hope to win! love to decorate cookies, but I have a LOT to learn :)

  4. Marian (Sweetopia)
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Permalink

    Yay, yay YAY!
    I'm so glad you're doing another book Meaghan! I loved the first one and know I'll love your new one!
    So thankful that you're doing a giveaway on Sweetopia too – thank you for your kind words as well!
    xoxo

  5. Kudos Kitchen
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    How exciting Meaghan! Congratulations and you certainly deserve it! You are one talented lady!!!

  6. Rowaida
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations on your new book Meaghan, I can't wait to get it.
    xoxo

  7. Mini Baker
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    so exciting!! congrats! I will be looking for it!

  8. Lorraine
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Meaghan that is incredible news. Congratulations! Best of luck and am looking forward to having it as my resource. I hope I win the first one however – I love Sweetopia also and have entered the contest.

  9. Andi
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 10:15 pm | Permalink

    Saw the link to this post and wanted to say congrats from Canada! My cousin, Sarah, owns Bundles of Cookies and I own your book and have used your recipes many times with much success!

  10. Manni
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:09 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Meaghan on your new book!!!Thats awesome. I will definitely be getting it :D
    Manni

  11. lilaloa
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:23 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations!! That is very exciting news for you! And good luck in the home stretch. I'd offer to babysit so you can get some work done, but lets be honest. I don't live anywhere near you, and that would be kind of creepy because you don't even know me.

  12. Sue
    Posted February 15, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

    How exciting, Meaghan! I have your first book, but I can gift it to someone if I win the autographed copy, right? :) I am really looking forward to your book!!! CONGRATS!

  13. SweetSugarBelle
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 7:22 am | Permalink

    I cannot, I repeat CANNOT WAIT!!!! TYPE fast!!!

  14. nadege
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 7:34 am | Permalink

    congratulations for your new book !
    I've play on sweetopia to win your first ! I'd love to win it !!

  15. Pink Martini
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! Wishing you all the best. I'm sure it will be very successful. :)

  16. apparentlyjessy
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 8:52 am | Permalink

    Congratulations! That's awesome news :)

  17. www.sweetcreationsbystephanie.com
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:18 pm | Permalink

    yay!!!!!

    I can't wait to buy it!

  18. Pinky572
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations! Any ideas on a title yet?

  19. bridget {bake at 350}
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Permalink

    Ok…..first I AM SO EXCITED for your book (yes, ALL CAPS!). Second….Harlequin! How cool is THAT?!? Although, I was kinda hoping to see your hubby on the cover! ;). How about a Fabio marshmallow pop?

  20. Chic Cookies
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 10:46 pm | Permalink

    You are all the awesomest! Love all of you.

    Andi, Sarah's cousin!!! Sigh, I miss Bundles of Cookies. What a huge part of my life Sarah plays. Hi to Canada!

    Lilaloa, is it suspect of me that I would so take you up on your offer if you lived nearby?

    pinky572… great question! Being debated now.

    Bridget, a marshmallow pop with long flowing golden tresses. How perfect.

  21. Anonymous
    Posted February 16, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Congratulations Meaghan!  Can’t wait for it to come out!
    Loves from Girona, Spain. Iolanda

  22. Chic Cookies
    Posted February 17, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi Iolanda!! hope you're doing well in work and cookies :)!

  23. Kristen @ Miss Prissy Paige
    Posted February 26, 2011 at 3:49 am | Permalink

    I'm so excited to see you're writing another book – I can't wait! Your website is so inspiring and I always read my daily Craft Gossip – I don't know how you do it all :)

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