Hairnets and Aprons is selling! I have been actively pursuing different venues to sell my book. Sales are slow since it’s hard to get the word out there but overall, once people read it, they are saying they really enjoyed it.
It is also available on Amazon and as a Kindle version. The Kindle version is not formatted as I would like and I plan to investigate this further over my holiday break.
Please help me spread the word! If you are local to PA and would like me to come to your Chapter Meetings and speak about my book journey, please let me know. You can use the submission form on the website or contact me through my facebook page at facebook.com/hairnetsandaprons
Well, it’s finally here! My book “Hairnets and Aprons” is available in print. What a journey it has been. It is available on Creative space via this link:
Please share with your fellow lunch ladies. The cost is $14.95 and will be available in a Kindle version soon. It will also be available on Amazon within 3-5 days if you would rather purchase there.
"Hairnets and Aprons" will be published soon, I mean, probably by the end of July 2016! How did this happen you ask?
I had been writing the book for about eight years and considered it “Completed” last year. Over the last few years I have tried the traditional route of sending it to publishers to see if they were interested in publishing it. The publishers mostly commented that “The concept is interesting, but this project is not for us.”
I wanted a publisher since the book wouldn’t cost me money. To self-publish it costs me, especially for editing which can be expensive.
After a loss of a loved one last month I knew I had to do something to move my book forward. As I have found out, life can be short.
I knew I had to find an editor who could do content and copy editing for the book. I had several recommendations and had to choose one. Someone I knew recommended a person who can do the whole project from editing, getting ISBN #, help with marketing and such. I choose him and now my book will be in print soon.
I have carried my book “Hairnets and Aprons” on my shoulders for many years. It feels a little lighter already knowing the project will be complete, except for getting people to buy it of course. But at least I can say it is done. Will I be able to recoup the money spent to bring it into reality? Time will tell.
I heard a speech the other day that said, the graveyard is the richest place in the world. People’s hopes and dreams are buried there, never realized, never brought into fruition. I’m glad that my dream for “Hairnets and Aprons” won’t be buried.
Once the book is ready for print, I’ll let you know.
Yes, it’s almost May and it is crunch time! We need to reduce stock, work on inventory and figure out what we need for next year. Also our “Agreement” with the school district ends this June so we need to get another in place.
I had hoped to step down from working on a new agreement. I’ve been on the committee for every agreement since I started working in Food Service. It’s been the same people every time. NO ONE new wants to step up and meet with administration and come up with a few ideas as to what we would like to see for our group. NO ONE! Makes me wonder if our group is so apathetic that they really don’t care? Do they think it’s a waste of time, since usually there is not any real negotiation? Are we as a group so afraid of administration that they can’t face them? Are we all so happy at our job that we couldn’t want for anything else? Woah Nellie! That can’t be it!
I admit that “negotiations” are not what goes on. We tell them what we think is fair or what we feel we deserve and they say “Here is what we will give you.” Done! So why do we bother? Why do I bother? Because I can’t stand the thought of our group not having a voice, not being heard. There will always be things that can improve the workplace. How are employees made to feel appreciated? By being given a decent raise? Is that all we require to feel appreciated? What is a “Decent raise?” Insurance costs (If provided) go up and up. Pension contributions go up and up. Could any raise being offered counteract these costs? No way….
So onward I will go again. Into the abyss of representing a group that chooses not get involved. To those very few of us that do care, good for us! Proves there is still some life in us. Even though we are getting older, many of us approaching retirement, we still need to feel appreciated. I will do what I can to help my group know and understand their value.
YES! Time flies! Here it is January 2015 and I am finally getting around to finishing up my book. What I mean is getting it ready for a real editor. I realize as I have been collecting stories I haven't done a good job of keeping records. I need release forms from anybody who submitted a story for my book. Did you submit a story to me? If so, please email me or submit the form on this site so I can email or mail a release form for you to sign. Some of you I have email addresses. I will be reaching out to you.
The book has become a novel that shows the trial and tribulations of a woman who takes a job as a lunch lady, all the while going through many things personally. She trys to do her best and learns as she goes. I think you will be able to relate to the character.
This school year is going so much better than last year. I am not taking things personally and working on being as professional as I can.
Don't forget to check out my Facebook page Hairnets and Aprons. "Like" the page to follow me through this journey.
Take care for now! Let me know if you submitted a story so I can get the release form to you to be signed and returned.
Ode to the Lunch Lady - Submitted Jane Broberg
We toil and sweat in the middle school kitchen.
With laughter, tears, and even some bitchin...
Is it the generous pay you ask?
Why heavens no, please pass the flask.
We ove our jobs for many a reason.
But #1 is the summertime season!
The smells, the clatter and constant chatter
And the children's smiles are what really matter.
Ovens wafting with the smell of homemade bread,
Or do you prefer the aroma of chocolate chip cookies instead?
Chicken nuggets, spaghetti and sloppy Joes,
To find out kitchen, just follow your nose.
The government would like to spoil our fun,
Their ever changing rules have us under the gun.
What temp did you say the pizza should be?
What size scoop goes in the peas?
Bruises, cuts and too many burns,
When it comes to these we all take turns,
Shredded fingernails and aching feet,
Without these, our day wouldn't be complete.
We feel we have the best job there could ever be,
Because we work with such wonderful ladies you see!
Submitted to me by someone who wished to be anonymous.
We love the hairnets, the aprons and smiles. The meals that you cook keep us going for miles. Buts it's not just the meals; it's your kindness and care. We think you are wonderful and love the meals you prepare. Submitted by: Room M101
Do you think the new Child Nutrition Regulations are working?