Sunday, August 08, 2010

Harlot's Sauce Author's Blog Lands Her a Book Deal

Award-winning author Patricia V. Davis writes a blog post that goes viral, grabbing the attention of agents and publishers

Patricia V. Davis says her aim is to leave her spot of the world "just a little bit better than it was before she got there." She focuses on that through her writing, teaching, philanthropic work, and the promoting of other people who she believes share that same goal.

This was why she wrote the blog post, "From an Older Woman to a Younger One" to support and encourage a 21-year-old reader of hers. That post (also titled on some sites, "Ten Things I'd Tell My Younger Self") struck a chord with many. Within weeks, it was picked up by hundreds of other blogs, and eventually sparked the interest of the producers of the nationally syndicated radio program, "Your Time with Kim Iverson", who asked Patricia to appear on the show to read her post. The day after the program aired, dozens of listeners befriended Patricia on Facebook, and retweeted the post. This in turn attracted a literary agent who asked Patricia if she'd be interested in expanding the post into a book. That book, now with the working title, "The Diva Doctrine" was picked up by Cedar Fort, ( and will be published in 2011.

Says Patricia, "I'm very pleased to be working with Cedar Fort. They have marvelous titles, and I'm proud that my work will be listed among them."

Patricia also wrote the award-winning "Harlot's Sauce: A Memoir of Food, Family, Love, Loss and Greece", with the hope that it would encourage young women not to make the same mistakes she made. Adelphi University adopted it as a reader for its Gender Studies program, Marin Independent Journal called it "delicious", The Greek Star called it "an inspiring, great read", and the Orange County Register called her a "Renaissance woman". (Read that interview here: