4 Links About Cookbook Writing and Cookbook Sales
4 Links About Cookbook Writing and Cookbook Sales

I enjoy reading articles and blog posts that lead me to new information about books, tools, and websites for cookbooks, sales, and marketing. Here are a few that you might find interesting too along with a discussion about other avenues for books sales.

1. Eater Discusses Cookbook Deals

I think it’s enjoyable to read about cookbooks that are headed into production. Eater publishes a regular column on cookbook deals. This summary isn’t representative of everything that’s going on deal-wise in cookbook publishing, but gives a peek into the types of books being written and by whom. I sort of hesitate to share this because many aspiring cookbook authors start to compare themselves to the individuals who have a published book deal. I ask you not to get into the comparison game. It’s not worth your time or your energy. Spend your time instead figuring out how you can connect with your own audience through a cookbook that they need and that you know how to write.

2. Print Cookbook Sales Trending Up Since 2004

Jane Friedman has a recent blog post about the state of the publishing industry. In the non-fiction category there are downward trends in the print book market for travel and reference material. Users are turning to the internet for this information. The good news for those of us who write in the cookbook genre is that there is a print sales increase in cookbooks from 2004 to 2014. I believe this is because using a print cookbook in a kitchen works. A kitchen is full of tangible ingredients and equipment and it feels right to have a book there too. Also check out the State of the Publishing Industry charts here.

3. Podcast Recommendation and Seth Godin

I regularly listen to podcasts during my morning routine. While I’m making my bed, cleaning up the kitchen, getting ready for the day I listen to podcasts. It’s a free way to learn and an intentional way to enjoy all the topics that podcasts have to offer. When I need a mindset shift podcast I typically turn to Good Life Project with Jonathon Fields. This morning I listened to Jonathon’s interview with Seth Godin.

If you haven’t heard of Seth, he’s a best-selling author and thought-leader who has excellent observations about rejection, writing, publishing, and how he used Kickstarter to prove to a publisher that his audience is waiting for his book. I hope you enjoy this interview as much as I did.

4. Marketing and Sales for Kentucky Fresh Cookbook

FullSizeRenderAs seen in the photo, I signed 80 cookbooks to take to a local ladies event. In conjunction with this event I have prepared a cooking demonstration with recipes from Kentucky Fresh Cookbook along with a recipe from my next cookbook A Taste of Kentucky. Luckily, it was easy to get my hands on 80 copies of my book to sign because my publisher keeps my book in print as long as it’s selling well. In …

5 Links About Cookbooks and Food Writing
5 Links About Cookbooks and Food Writing

I enjoy reading articles and blog posts that lead me to new information about topics I’m interested in. Today, I’d like to share 5 links to interesting books, tools, and websites for writing, cookbooks, and food photography.

1. Millions of Cookbooks Sold About Slow Cookers

Originally published in 2000, Phyllis Good’s Fix-It and Forget-It series (based on slow-cooker recipes) has sold over 11 million copies.

Recently, due to chapter 7 bankruptcy, the series was sold to Skyhorse Publishing who plans to relaunch the series with a new title Fix-It and Forget-It Slow Cooker Magic. In addition to new titles, Skyhorse is working to build social media presence, as well as adjust the book’s trim size, and add new concepts for diabetic and low-fat recipes.

Phyllis Good, who still functions as the author says, “I am absolutely devoted to helping people cook at home where they’re in control of what they’re consuming, and I’m always thinking about whether a recipe I just made could be made in a slow cooker. I also keep on experimenting with how to make a slow cooker do its best work. People want and need convenience, but they also want tasty food. That’s the spot where I focus my energies!”

Read more about the Fix-it and Forget-It Lives Again.

2. Prolific Cookbook Writers

I enjoy reading About.com’s Cookbook and Food Writing newsletter. Recently, Allen Salking, About.com’s Cookbook and Food Writing Expert, wrote an article about Dorie Greenspan and Julia Child’s Foolproof Recipe Writing. They include a discussion about writing conversational recipes and being a prolific cookbook writer. Enjoy this interview, here.

3. Food Writing Sins

In another About.com article, Gillian Speiser discusses with Gabrielle Langholtz the 10 Sins Newbie Food Writers Commit. This article discusses catching the attention of an editor and how to avoid the pitfalls of new food writer.

4. IACP Award Winners

On March 29, 2015 at their annual conference in Washington, D.C., IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) presented their annual awards for cookbooks, magazines, food writing, and photography both in print and in the digital space. Here’s the complete list of 2015 winners. If you want to write a cookbook pay attention to the publishers, the editors, and the concepts. The Judges Choice award was a self-published cookbook, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/day by Leanne Brown.

5. Food Photography for Bloggers

If you want to tweak your food photography, and “be proud of your food photos”, you might be interested in this eBook Tasty Food Photography by Lindsay who writes and photographs the Pinch of Yum food blog

Cookbook author and culinary dietitian Maggie Green coaches aspiring cookbook authors in the process of writing cookbooks, cookbook proposals, and building their author platform. Download her checklist “Am I Ready to Write A Cookbook?”.