Archive for the ‘Writing a Book’ Category
Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
This is the final post in my Writing a Book blog series; if you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! If authoring a book is a goal of yours, I hope I’ve given you inspiration and information on how to achieve it.
The final topic I’m going to discuss is how to promote your book, which is just as important as all the work you’ve done for your book up to this point. You might write a truly great book, but unless people know about it, it’s not much good to anyone. Here are some promotional ideas to get you started. (more…)
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
You might have already guessed, but I’ll come out and say it: I’m pretty organized. I like lists…for groceries, errands, life goals, and everything in between. Folded towels and sorted flatware drawers, closets neatly arranged. I can’t help it, that’s my happy place. That’s not to say that everything is always in its place, but when it is, I feel content. (Think Monica from Friends; and yes, I know this is enough to drive the Rachels and Phoebes out there up the wall, lol.) For better or worse, this really, really helped me when I was writing my first cookbook.
I know not everyone finds it as fun (yes, fun, lol) to organize as I do, which is why I wanted to share a few organizing tips I have that relate to writing a book. (more…)
Sunday, January 13th, 2013
Image Source: Forbes
So now that you decided you want to write a book, wrote your proposal, and found a publisher, you need to know how to understand the contract they’ll be sending your way. I wasn’t always a food blogger (although for me it definitely feels otherwise!); I graduated law school as a Juris Doctor. Now, normally I would say that along with $3.00 will get me a cup of coffee at Starbucks, but this is one real-life situation where having a law degree under my belt actually helped me immensely.
Not only can I translate my own contract from legalese into plain English, but I can negotiate my own terms. In case anyone out there is working agent-free the way I was (the way I still am, actually), below I’ve listed a few important contractual terms to look for and whether or not (in my experience) you can usually negotiate each specific term. (more…)
Sunday, May 13th, 2012
A Shelf of Favorites in My Cookbook Collection
***First I have to say, Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers…wishing you a wonderful day!***
Now that you’ve realized your passion and have turned it into a book proposal, it’s time to find a publisher. (Of course you can choose to self-publish, but that’s a whole separate discussion.)
Grab a cup of coffee or a snack and settle in…this post is another long one! :) (more…)
Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
This is exactly how I feel about cooking, but I tend to think of it the other way around — since I get to do what I love, I never really have to work. :)
In Part 1 of this series I talked about my passion and how it evolved into my dream of writing a cookbook. Now comes the fun part – putting it on paper.
Even though the content for your book proposal will be unique to the kind of book you’re writing (such as a cookbook, autobiography, murder mystery, etc.), the general format is the same for most book proposals. I don’t work in publishing and I don’t claim to be an expert, but this is the format that I used when I wrote my book proposal (my book is being published by Tuttle this fall…it’s currently available for pre-order on Amazon!). I’m hoping this format will help others get a book deal as well. (more…)
Monday, April 9th, 2012
The beautiful cover of my cookbook was designed by the talented designers at Tuttle.
All photos were taken by yours truly.
I have the most exciting news to share with you since I shared since this post…my cookbook, which is being published by Tuttle Publishing and is being released on October 10, 2012, is now available for pre-order on Amazon! I put my heart and soul into this book and I’m thrilled to be able to share it with you. If you want to know more about it, please check out My Book page or email me, and if you want to see more photos of recipes from the book, please take a look at my Facebook album.
For some behind-the-scenes info for all of you who want to know more about how my deal came about (or who are thinking of writing your own book), I’ve written a series of posts telling my story from beginning to end. This first post tells more of my personal background so you can get to know me better, but also to help you think about your own story. Don’t worry, subsequent posts get into the details about how to write a proposal, find a publisher, and actually go about writing a book.
Grab a cup of coffee or tea and settle in, because this post is a long one! (more…)