Category Archives: Freelance Writer

Who Doesn’t Like Free Press?

Profiling a chef is one of my writing responsibilities. You would think people with the confidence and egos as theirs it would be easy – it’s not! Maybe the publication I’m writing for isn’t a big city paper or CNN, but it’s legitimate. So I’m chasing down chefs and restauranteurs who don’t know me for a review. In turn, I’m getting unreturned phone calls and the metaphorical door slammed in my face.

Maybe because I haven’t practice public relations in some time, but I always thought keeping your name out there positively is good public relations. Especially since I work for an online publication I would want my name out as much as possible. I share my name with a realtor in the midwest. If you Googled it she would appear. I want to be the “Dana Prophet” and people automatically think “food writer” one day. These hard-to-speak to chefs should feel the same.

Many that I worked with thought they were rock stars. What better way to make a name for yourself and add to your portfolio than to once again get your name and experience out there. If a certain big name restaurant reviewer made the same call they would drop everything for an on-the-spot interview.

I will keep trying to attain the interview until them. I’m not too worried about it. I know my name doesn’t hold much weight … for now.


A New Hope …

So after a long and fun journey I have decided to retire Let Them Eat Cake. It was a difficult decision to make. When I started the blog my intention was to become a pastry chef. I worked hard and graduated at the top of my class. I quickly found a job and continued working in the industry for 3 years.

I soon realized that although I loved the work, there were also many bad and unchangeable facts. After a really bad bought of eating something really bad and working through my illness because I could not afford take off I left the food industry and returned to my past career as an editor and copy writer.

Once again I have a steady paycheck, decent money, and healthcare, but I still didn’t feel that I was reaching my potential. Misusing or, even worse not using, your talents to it’s full potential to me is the 8th Deadly Sin. Recently when listed a posting in search of a freelance Restaurant Reviewer in the Chestnut Hill and Plymouth-Whitemarsh area I applied and received the beat.

Now I am reinventing myself for the umpteenth time (until I get it right). I decided to combine my two loves: writing and food. I refuse to give up until I get it right.


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Posted by on July 26, 2011 in Freelance Writer


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