My Big Announcement

Several years ago, after being laid off from my second job in less than two years, I told my friends that I was working toward a new goal, one that didn’t involve the terms “quality assurance”, “process management” or “synergizing the proactive accounting of production techniques” (a real phrase uttered by someone other than myself, without a trace of irony). I told my friends that I was going to try to become a travel and food writer.

It was a bit naive on my part, because this goal is a fairly common one amongst those who are more than a bit frustrated by the white collar world. But a fair amount of what I’ve done on this site, and the other paying gigs I’ve done over the past three years have been completed with this end goal in mind.

Over the past few days, I’ve been able to get as close to my dream as I’ve ever been able. Yesterday, I signed a book deal with St. Martin’s Press, and they’ve agreed to publish a book based off of the proposal I had written well over a year and a half ago. The book, called “The Search for the Perfect Shot” is about whiskey in all of its many forms. I hope to be able to discuss the history and present day status of Scotch, Bourbon, Irish Whiskey, and Canadian Whiskey. My goal is to visit several dozen distilleries, large and small, and interview folks both passionate and “all business”. The current thinking is that the book will be released sometime in the spring of 2009.

What this means for Accidental Hedonist is that you, the reader, will be seeing more whiskey type posts. It won’t be “All Whiskey, all the time” as that would drive a few of the reader away. But it is likely there will be at least one post a week that deals with whiskey in some form.

Additionally this means that I will be looking for input from the readers in regard to the topic. If you know someone in the industry, I want to hear from them. If you have a favorite recipe involving whiskey, I want to hear from you. If you have an idea about whiskey that I have yet to bring up, I want to hear from you. The goal is to create a wealth of information that supplements the book, much like the “bonus features” one might see on a DVD of their favorite movie. Part of the major selling point of my proposal was that I might be able to get the readership of this site involved in the development of the book in some form or manner. As far as I am aware, this has yet to be done with a food book, and it will be interesting to see just what we can accomplish.

This means there will be some changes to Accidental Hedonist. My hope is that they will be seemless, but there’s no promise of that. These changes include:

  • Moving this site to a new host. My current host has complained that I take up too much of their server’s processing time, so it’s now time to move to a Virtual Private Server. Hopefully this will result in quicker load times for this site.
  • A Forum will be added in order to discuss all things whiskey. Additional topics are certain to be added.
  • I’m going to turn Accidental Hedonist into a Limited liability company. The site has long since surpassed the point of being a business, and it’s time I started treating it as such.
  • When the fund become available, one or two more guest writers will be added.
  • A “Store” will be added – in order to create more site revenue, to help pay for the new toys, and new writers. The store will also be created to offset the fact that, in a bit of irony, I won’t be able to leave my current job, at least for two more years, if even at all.

Like I said yesterday, big changes are coming. Some will be implemented quickly, others over the next year.

And between now and 2009, I’m going to be working my toochis off, ensuring a good first book, and yet fretting about the second and third ones.

My hope is that y’all will hang out for the duration to see what becomes of all of this.

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