Sep 19, 2019
Writing a cookbook demands a lot
of time and energy. You work hard, you write your manuscript, and
then after months of editing, design, and production your book
lands in your hand. There's not much else like it in the world,
with the exception of delivering a baby. Some people even refer to
writing a book as a gestation time and then say they've given
"birth" to a book.
So what do I wish someone
had told me before I wrote my cookbook:
- There will be mistakes in the cookbook.
Somewhere, somehow there will be an error. You'll find a
recipe where you called for 1 tablespoons instead of 1 tablespoon.
Careful editing and even hiring a competent editor will help reduce
the number of errors, but just know there will be some errors.
Don't worry though - most publishers let you submit corrections
before the next printing.
- Not everyone will like your cookbook.
Please, don't let this stop you in
your tracks or worry you. It's just the reality of writing a book
and putting your work out there. Your book was written with a
specific audience in mind and that means that the people outside of
your audience might not like or buy your cookbook. Don't focus on
them. Focus instead on who loves your cookbook. They are the only
group worth worrying about. Please them and reach out to
- Marketing and promoting your cookbook is like another
job. Writing the
manuscript was the first job. Selling the book and working hard to
promote it is another. I know that I have worked as hard and as
long to promote my cookbook as I did to write it. Connecting with
customers is fun and I've traveled while doing so, but the work of
promotion is just as time-consuming as the work of
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