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Cookbook Love Podcast

Jul 25, 2019

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today we are talking about the Cost of Writing a Cookbook. One of the objections people often have to writing a cookbook is the cost (or money). Truth be told, as a traditionally published cookbook author, I incurred very few direct costs when I wrote my cookbooks. In fact, publishers paid me an advance and royalties when my advance earned out. And, my students who self-publish their books did incur costs of publishing, so today I’ll talk about those. I also talk about cost during the pre-publication phase of writing, costs in post-publication, optional costs writers incur, and my feeling about software for cookbook writing. 

Pre-publication Phase

Generate idea

Test and develop recipes

Write cookbook proposal

Book writing software - optional

Find agent

Find publisher

Network with others



Website built

Website hosting

Email list

Content creation

Social Media presence

Facebook group


Publication Phase


Advance of Royalties

Write manuscript



Cover Design


Interior Design




Ebook formatting


Post-Publication Phase


Book sales

Wholesale sales

Book fairs

Cookbook competitions

Public Relations work

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