The Blog and the Book

I started this blog in the middle of January 2012, around the same time as I began writing a book about tearooms, and the two evolved together.

The book is entitled “Tearoom Delights: a little guide to delightful tearooms in Perthshire, Angus and Dundee” and it came out on 29 June 2012 (self-published). It’s a small A6 paperback with roughly 100 pages, containing details of 23 splendid tearooms.

I used to sell it online but now it’s only available direct from me. If you’re interested in having a copy you can email me at lorna AT sent DOT com and I’ll sell you one for a bargain price. (The original price was £7 plus p&p, but since it’s a bit out of date now I’m happy to sell it for much less. Make me an offer and it could be yours for a snip.)


42 thoughts on “Book

  1. go for it! Looking forward to seeing the finished book.

    I’m a huge fan of the old travelling companion books of the early 20th Century, often written by a chap in a train or later in a car. Revisiting these places 100 years later is a lot of fun especially as the writer often gave their opinion as well as lovely stories from the locals. They are a real piece of social history and material culture.

    It feel a little presumptious to suggest what I’d like to see in your book, but here goes…I would love to see some suggestions of places to walk near each tea room (as we have a dog), some history/folklore/stories about the areas like you’ve mentioned in your blog and some lovely recipe’s from the propietors in there as well – so we can recreate the experience when we’re home!

    Looking forward to the whole scottish series 🙂

    • Thank you for your encouragement and comments Anne, very much appreciated!

      Thank you also for your suggestions about what to put in the book, that’s very helpful. I did wonder about including information about nice walks, as well as some local history, but I’m not sure how I would go about getting recipes out of the proprietors, since I try to do my reviews in secret. It is a very nice idea though. If I can’t get recipes out of them perhaps I could include a few traditional Scottish recipes that I already use myself, for things such as scones, shortbread, etc. I would love to have lots of photos too but I know that’s expensive and possibly not feasible for a wee book with a small market. I am seriously considering printing the first book myself, but in that case I’ll do it as cheaply as I can which will mean no photos. I could attempt some doodles, which might make for a bit of a laugh if nothing else (drawing is not my strong point).

      One thing I really must do soon is stay at home for a few days and do the actual writing, instead of always buzzing off to more tearooms doing yet more research. I’m really pleased to have your feedback on this, thanks again 🙂

  2. I think your tearoom guidebook is a wonderful idea! You have generated quite a following in a short period of time–testament to your fine writing, lovely photos, and appealing subject matter. Best of luck!

    • Thank you very much Robin, what a lovely comment to leave. I’ve been meeting a lot of great people online since I started this blog. It’s a supportive and encouraging community, and I’m really chuffed to be a part of it. 🙂

  3. You’re certainly doing the “legwork”. There are a number of inexpensive ways to self-publish, if you can’t hook a publisher. Check out, for example. You’ve got your teeth into a project (pun intended), so go for it!

    • Thank you very much for that, I will have a look at I know that these days it’s amazingly inexpensive to self-publish, especially if you’re just doing something basic without pictures. I really need to look into it, many thanks for your encouragement! 🙂

    • Thank you very much for your comment. It’s taking me longer than I thought it would to get my first book out but I’ve decided to self-publish which means I have to do all the layout, etc. myself. I’ll get there eventually, hopefully well before you need it!

  4. I would buy your book even though I live across the sea. Your posts are such a delightful read I feel as though I am there. It would be the perfect read for an afternoon tea and dreaming of travel some day.

    I do advise you seek a publisher before self-publishing though. A real publisher will pay you for your manuscript. Self-publishing means you have to come up with the money to buy all the books and store the books and market them yourself. You are a good writer so I’m sure there is a publisher out there who would work with you.

    • Thank you very much Julia, I’m delighted that you would want to buy it! I have had a bit of interest from a couple of publishers but the trouble is that I’m now quite into designing the layout, format, etc. myself and I think I want to do it my own way. Most publishers have their own set format and ideas about exactly how they want a book to look. At first I thought very differently though, I really wanted a publisher and I didn’t even want to think about self publishing, but now that I can see the benefits of it I’m more persuaded. I would still be interested if the right publisher came along because there are a lot of perks to doing it that way, including those you mentioned. Perhaps I’ll do the first book myself and then try to find a publisher for any further books. I thought it would be a real headache to self publish (which it is, at times) but I’m also enjoying the challenge. Far more work than I thought it’d be, mind you! It’s not an easy decision so I hope I’m still keeping an open mind. It’s a big risk doing it myself, especially if people don’t like my design, because then there’s no-one to blame but me, but sometimes in life if you don’t take risks you don’t reap rewards. I really appreciate you taking the time to think about it and comment, I’m so chuffed that anyone even reads my blog and has an opinion.

  5. This tea drinker is terribly chuffed with your blog and would buy your book in a heartbeat. Traditional publishing is broke (at least here in the US) while self pub continues to grow by leaps and bounds. I am in a quandary. My agent wants get my book out and she is open to me self pubbing and here I am sitting pretty on the fence waiting for divine guidance. *sigh*

    • Thank you Shona, I really appreciate that. As for your dilemma, it is difficult to decide what to do isn’t it? But having an agent is great – well done with that! I wasn’t keen on self-publishing until I started to design my own book and now I’ve become quite protective of it and am not sure I would want to let a publisher change it to suit their format. There are so many advantages of having a publisher take you on, but I am very drawn to the freedom I’ll have doing it myself. Perhaps it’s different with a novel though, if I’d written a novel I think I might prefer someone else to publish it because marketing it would be such a big job. With having an agent, perhaps it would be worth self-publishing because they can get your book out to people. Dear me, it’s a tricky one all right. Have you actually finished the writing?

  6. So, Lorna….have you approached anyone yet? You can add me to your list of buyers–even though I don’t live in Scotland, I have friends and relatives who do, and I would heartily endorse your book to everyone I know. I must say, you’ve already accomplished quite a lot in a very short period of time (with this blog!), and it might take a little bit of pavement-pounding to find an agent or publisher. If you self-publish, though, some of these lovely tearooms that you feature could sell your book–and you might pick-up a publisher for the next printing! Good luck, and keep us “posted.” 🙂

    • Thank you very much Robin! I have spoken to a couple of publishers but I think I want to publish the first book myself now. It’s a lot of work but at least that way I have control over the format, size, style, etc. As you say, it means I have to put in the effort myself in terms of marketing and distribution, but my dad has very kindly (and enthusiastically!) offered to represent me as a sort of sales rep. He has a bit of experience of this kind of thing and is an enormous help and encouragement to me. I will certainly keep you posted about the progress and when it’s printed I’ll no doubt be shamelessly publicising it on this very blog!

  7. We saw your message on the beach at Port Logan when we were walking our dogs. Love Tea Rooms and love your idea – please consider e-publishing. Go for it, and good luck.
    Max & Jill.

    • Thank you Max and Jill so much for leaving this comment, you have absolutely made my day! If my holiday were a meringue with cream inside, this comment would be the strawberry that added an extra bit of deliciousness to the whole treat. When I wrote in the sand I was really hoping this sort of thing would happen but I reckoned the chances were very slim on such a deserted stretch of beach in such a sleepy little village off the beaten track. I’m trying to find out about e-publishing at the moment and will update any progress on this blog. Thank you again, for making me grin like an idiot!

  8. Love your blog, especially the beautiful photos, and think publishing a book is a great idea. Am very impressed you visit 10 tearooms a week as well, either you travel a lot or Scotland has a very high concentration of tearooms!

    I’m very intrigued to know what you wrote on the beach!

    • Thank you very much! I must admit, I’m not visiting 10 tearooms a week at the moment because I’m trying to get my book finished by the end of May, but initially I was doing that sort of number. Scotland does have quite a high concentration of tearooms, but I do travel around the place deliberately looking for them. What I wrote on the beach was just this blog address! 🙂

    • Hello Jackie, Thank you for the invitation, I would love to visit your tearoom! And indeed the Emporium, what a splendid looking place. One of the wonderful, but also slightly distressing, things about Blighty is that we’re blessed with an enormous number of glorious tearooms. If only I were able to avail myself of them all, it would indeed be heavenly. Perhaps that’s what awaits beyond the grave, an inexhaustible supply of magnificent tearooms. One can but hope.

  9. Hey Lorna,
    I’ve been away from WordPress for a while, and now see that you have published a book!
    I’m so happy for you 🙂 I hope that many tealovers in scotland will follow your guidebook!! 🙂

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  14. Thank you for sending through my order so quickly! having bought directly from you i knew that the book will have been well looked after, but i didn’t expect it to be so well packaged, wrapped, tartan labelled and smelling of the most beautiful tea! its been great reading through your adventures in the blog and book and I look forward to visiting some of the familiar and new places you recommend. Good luck with finding an agent (have you tried birlinn, they seem to support scottish writers in particular) and your next adventure. Annex

    • Thank you very much, Anne, for buying the book and for your lovely comments. I hope you enjoy some of the tearooms in the book if you get the chance to try them out. I’ve had a look at the Birlinn website and they say they’re not accepting fiction at the moment, although I would really like to attract the attention of a Scottish publisher. It seems that most publishers have far more submissions than they can cope with and many of them aren’t taking on new authors at the moment. I’ll just have to keep writing and hope to strike it lucky one day.

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