Episode 55 l 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Wrote My Cookbooks
Episode 55 l 3 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Wrote My Cookbooks

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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 them.
  3. 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 writing.

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Episode 54 l Recipe Copyright Protection
Episode 54 l Recipe Copyright Protection

Hello and today on the podcast I talk about recipe copyright laws. First, congratulations to Lisa Goldstein of @cookinglikeImeanit. She was the winner of our Celebrate The Cookbook Love Podcast Contest for our first anniversary. Lisa is a supporter of the show, was a guest on Episode 9 (I incorrectly said Episode 2 in the show recording!), and I’m thrilled she won the content. Thank you, Lisa. 

Last year I attended an excellent workshop sponsored by IACP (International Association of Culinary Professionals) and taught by Joy Butler. Joy has a blog called Guide Through The Legal Jungle and in the workshop, she talked about the principles of copyright protection for recipes. What I find interesting is that recipe copyright protection involves all of us who write, use, and interact with recipes and cookbooks: recipe writers, cookbook authors, and cookbook users or cookbook clubs. Listen in to the show as we discuss how the law affects these three different groups, and how we can protect our recipes as cookbook writers, recipe writers, and restaurant or bakery owners. 

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Episode 53 l Cookbook Masterminding with Maggie Green
Episode 53 l Cookbook Masterminding with Maggie Green

Hello and welcome to year two of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Thanks for everyone who tunes in on a regular basis as we celebrate cookbook readers, buyers, writers, collectors, and clubs. Todays’ episode is all about mastermind: what is one and why might you join one. Plus there’s still time to enter the Celebrate the Cookbook Love Podcast Contest and have a chance to win a package of 5 cookbooks (one of my cookbooks, one new Summer 2019 cookbook, one vintage cookbook, a self-published cookbook, and a classic American cookbook:

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Contest ends September 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PST

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Episode 52 l Celebrate Cookbook Love Podcast Contest
Episode 52 l Celebrate Cookbook Love Podcast Contest

Welcome to the end of year one of the Cookbook Love Podcast! It’s been a great year and a year of learning and growing as a podcaster. My original goal was to celebrate Cookbook Love and we have done just that with interviews related to cookbook reading, buying, writing, collecting, and clubbing!  Today we celebrate with a look back at the top 10 most popular episodes for the podcast and a contest to celebrate our 52nd episode. It’s been a great year! And I hope I have shared more cookbook love with you all. Thanks for your support of the podcast. To enter the Celebrate the Cookbook Love Podcast Contest and have a chance to win a package of 5 cookbooks (one of my cookbooks, one new Summer 2019 cookbook, one vintage cookbook, a self-published cookbook, and a classic American cookbook:

  1. Leave a rating and review on Apple Podcast App or 
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Contest ends September 5, 2019, 11:59 PM PST

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Episode 51 l Interview with Kickstarter Cookbook Author Ally Lazare
Episode 51 l Interview with Kickstarter Cookbook Author Ally Lazare

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I’m excited to share an interview with cookbook collector, reader, and author, Ally Lazare. Ally as a young child loved to feel her way around in the kitchen  because she was allowed to experiment with food and cooking. As a result, she fell in love with the science, process, artistry, and creativeness of cooking and baking. Ally also loved cookbooks and first considered herself just a cookbook reader. When she started to cook for herself and her children, she started to write down her recipes and share them with others. This led her to start a blog, and then –  the idea to write a cookbook of her own. So, in the midst of maternity leave, and a shift to a plant-based way of eating, Ally decided to document her plant-based journey and share the tips, tricks, and secrets behind plant-based comfort food. Out of her desire to debunk the myth that plant-based eating is scary or boring, Ally wrote and published with a Kickstarter campaign her own book Ally’s Kitchen Comfort Food. In this interview, we talk about Ally’s love for all things of the kitchen, vintage cookbooks, and the process she followed for writing her own book, that includes a Kickstarter campaign that overfunded her cookbook publishing dream.

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Episode 50 l Interview with Cookbook Village Co-founder Wendy Guerin
Episode 50 l Interview with Cookbook Village Co-founder Wendy Guerin

Hello and welcome to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. Today I am excited to interview Wendy Guerin. Wendy is the co-founder of an online collectible cookbook store called Cookbook Village. In business for over 10 years, Cookbook Village specializes in collectible cookbooks from Junior League and community cookbooks to autographed and restaurant cookbooks. In our interview, Wendy and I discuss her impetus to start on online cookbook store, her love of restaurant and autographed cookbooks, the top 10 collectible cookbooks of all time and their process for buying books for their store.

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Episode 49 l Interview with Cookbook Collector Linda Soper-Kolton
Episode 49 l Interview with Cookbook Collector Linda Soper-Kolton

Today on the podcast I feature an interview with cookbook collector Linda Soper-Kolton. Linda is a health coach, vegan chef, and runs the culinary program at the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. Linda is also the author of Compassionate Cuisine, a book that was written for the benefit of the animal sanctuary. Linda is an avid cookbook collector, vegan chef, culinary instructor, and cookbook author. As a lifelong foodie, Linda built her cookbook collection via mail-order cookbook clubs. Linda’s love for cookbooks is attributed to the talented people who write cookbooks, for she feels that pursuing recipes, photographs, and stories never get old. She uses cookbooks, too, for inspiration about ingredients, recipes, and being transported into a world of ideas about food. According to Linda, she dreams in food. 

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Episode 48l Interview with Alon David of 90x Goal Planner
Episode 48l Interview with Alon David of 90x Goal Planner

As a lover of planners, notebooks, pens, and setting goals and making plans, I today have an interview with the owner and founder of 90 x Goal Planner, ALoN David. 

ALoN DaviD arrived in America without any business leads connections. He had no university network or promising internships. ALoN didn’t even have a solid business idea. But he did have ambition. He had drive. He had the dream to make something of his life.  So while going to school full-time, ALoN decided to get a job working construction for $5.25 per hour. Yet he knew that just getting a degree wasn’t enough, so instead of waking up each day complaining of his situation, ALoN decided he needed to set a goal to keep him focused on his dreams. The only problem was that there weren’t any quality goal-planners or systems out there. So ALoN decided to create his own system that could take a minimum-wage job and turn it into an opportunity.

Inspired to further test his goal-system, ALoN decided in 2010 to start a photography business from scratch. Within a year, the photography business became a 6-figure side-gig and that was when ALoN knew that his 90x goal-system was something special.

Looking to help others effectively set and achieve goals, ALoN put together the first 90x goal-planner. Now, if you’ve ever shopped around for a planner, you know that there are to-do planners, there are planners to help you schedule, there are planners that act more like diaries, but 90x is the first planner to incorporate all of the essential goal-setting elements into one complete system.

So if you’re looking for a planner that can act as a to-do list, while also serving as a space where you can jot down any thoughts or ideas, no problem. With each day having at least two-full pages, you could even write out motivational quotes to keep you inspired, if you’d like. But know that each 90x goal-planner comes filled with inspirational quotes from Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs & other minds that have led their respective generations, so even on the most laziest of days you’ll have all the inspiration you need right in your hands.

Today on the podcast ALoN and I talk about the steps of a vision, the why? The what, and your actions to move forward in a project whether it be writing a book, losing weight, or starting a business. 

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Episode 47 l The Cost of Writing a Cookbook
Episode 47 l The Cost of Writing a Cookbook

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. 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

Platform 

  • Website built
  • Website hosting
  • Email list
  • Content creation
  • Social Media presence
  • Facebook group

Publication Phase

  • Contract
  • Advance of Royalties
  • Write manuscript
  • Photography
  • Editing
  • Cover Design
  • ISBN
  • Interior Design
  • Index
  • Blurbs
  • Printing
  • Ebook formatting

Post-Publication Phase

  • Royalties
  • Book sales
  • Wholesale sales
  • Book fairs
  • Cookbook competitions
  • Public Relations work

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Episode 46 l Search Your Collection Series: Cookbook Endsheets
Episode 46 l Search Your Collection Series: Cookbook Endsheets

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. This is the first official Search Your Collection episode of the podcast. Today I want to talk about Endsheets. Endsheets, also know as endpapers, or ends, are the pages at the beginning and of a hardcover book that are used to glue the inside pages (known as the book block) to the hardcover of the book.  Decorated endsheets, while not very common in cookbooks are a relatively inexpensive enhancement to a cookbook. They have the ability to deliver helpful and useful information to the cookbook user, as well as a way to decorate and illustrate the cookbook. In today’s episode, I discuss endpapers and take a look at endpapers as I searched my own collection of cookbooks.

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Episode 45 l Interview with Dietitian and Cookbook Collector Sherry Coleman Collins
Episode 45 l Interview with Dietitian and Cookbook Collector Sherry Coleman Collins

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast, today I’m excited to share an interview with Sherry Coleman Collins. Sherry is a fellow Registered Dietitian and lives in Marietta, Georgia. She is an avid cookbook collector, reader, and user, and if the first interviewee that limits her cookbook collection to a specific number of books due to shelf space. Sherry loves to collect cookbooks when she travels internationally and in the US and as a result of a collections of cookbooks she inherited, Sherry has an interest in collecting vintage cookbooks as well. Join us for the episode where we talk about Sherry’s favorite cookbooks collected from her travels, what she learns from international cookbooks, her favorite place to shop for vintage cookbooks, and Sherry’s tips for meal planning and cooking almost every night at home. 

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Episode 44 l Celebrate the 4th with Barbecue Cookbooks
Episode 44 l Celebrate the 4th with Barbecue Cookbooks

Hello and Happy 4th of July. Welcome to another episode of the podcast. Today we are talking about barbecue! Barbecue and July 4th go hand in hand. On this episode of the podcast I talk about how our family is connected to a long-standing barbecue tradition, the difference between grilling and barbecue, some favorite barbecue cookbooks in my collections, and a recipe for Sweet Bourbon Baked Beans from the Kentucky Fresh Cookbook.

Sweet Bourbon-baked Beans

Makes 12 servings

From Kentucky Fresh Cookbook by Maggie Green. I use vegetarian baked beans, but any variety of canned pork (baked) and beans works fine. To make without the bourbon, use 1/2 cup vinegar.

1/2 pound (8 ounces) bacon, cut into 1/4-inch thin strips

3 cups canned vegetarian baked beans (one 28-ounce can)

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned baby lima beans, drained (one 15-ounce can)

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned butter beans, drained (one 15-ounce can)

1 1/2 cups cooked or canned red beans, drained (one 15-ounce can)

1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup Kentucky bourbon

1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder

Place bacon strips in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir and cook until crisp. Remove bacon to drain on a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour all of the bacon grease out of the skillet except for about 2 tablespoons. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Stir together the baked beans, lima beans, and red beans in the prepared dish. In the bacon grease, cook the onions over medium heat until golden, about 10 minutes. Add the brown sugar, bourbon, and vinegar, stirring to dissolve the sugar and scrape any brown bits off the bottom of the skillet. Let cook for 1 minute. Pour the bourbon-sugar sauce over beans and stir to combine. Sprinkle with crisp bacon bits. Bake for 1 hour until bubbly and the juice has thickened.

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Episode 43 l 2019 Food Trends and Cookbooks
Episode 43 l 2019 Food Trends and Cookbooks

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast, today I am excited to talk to you about 2019 Food Trends and Cookbooks. I was recently involved in a research project to take a look at Health and Culinary Trends for a trends report. I have always enjoyed looking at food trends, and in particular how foods and trends in cooking or food make it into the mainstream. This happened with cilantro, from a relatively unknown and unused herb to an herb that millions of people now eat every day at Chipotle in their Lime Cilantro Rice. Food trends also make it into cookbooks more often than not, in particular, if the food trend is one that is embraced in kitchens and cooking. On this episode of the podcast, I select a few trends and take a look at cookbooks that reflect these trends as well as review the food trends below. 

2019 Health and Culinary Food Trends

  1. Wild weeds and green such as sorrel, dandelions, chickweed, mallow, amaranth as a replacement for kale.
  2. Citrus alternatives such as citron, kumquats, yuzu, shaddocks, and pomelos that provide sourness that’s popular as well as unique flavors.
  3. Seed butter to augment nut butter such as tahini, sunflower seed butter, roasted watermelon seed butter, pumpkin seed butter offering alternatives for allergies to tree nuts and peanuts.
  4. Ugly and misshapen food acceptance and use to reduce food with innovative ways to use all parts of food from nose to tail and stem to root.
  5. Digestive health and a newfound appreciation for the microbiome—trillions of bacteria and other microbes that live in our intestinal tract—more products (think fiber, prebiotics, and probiotics) are geared toward improving gut health
  6. Fermented drinks and food such as kefir, kimchi, kombucha, tempeh, miso.
  7. Adaptogens roots and herbs are a select group of herbs (and some mushrooms) that support the body’s natural ability to deal with stress. They are called adaptogens because of their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body. Examples include maca, ginseng, Rhodiola Rosea, reishi, ashwagandha holy basil, Schizandra.
  8. #veganuary and McVegan burgers tested at the Chicago McDonalds headquarters.
  9. Growth of the vegan, vegetarian, and eco-friendly movements, many are turning away from traditional protein sources like meat. Faux meats and plant-based meat options are available everywhere, from local co-ops to Target and Walmart.
  10. Meat-alternatives including plants, insects, lentils, soy, dairy-free protein alternatives going mainstream. Innovations highlighting nuts, extruded seeds, beans, water lentils and algae in snack bars, chips, meat-free burgers or sausages, and dairy-free yogurts and cheeses and cell-based meat and protein extracted from animals’ cells without killing the animal at all.
  11. Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils are in everything from waffle mix to dried pasta, and new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of the hemp plant.
  12. Foods infused with CBD oil. CBD, also known as cannabidiol, has a multitude of uses including an ingredient in a variety of edibles defined as food or beverage products that
Episode 42 l The Difference Between Cookbook Writing & Cookbook Publishing
Episode 42 l The Difference Between Cookbook Writing & Cookbook Publishing

Welcome back to another episode of the Cookbook Love Podcast. In this episode of the podcast, I discuss the difference between cookbook writing and cookbook publishing. Cookbook writing is a solitary act and involves a person writing a book around a single topic. They think of an idea, they decide who they can help or who their ideal reader is, and they create content for the book. Then they work on getting the book published. Publishing is the business of preparing books for sale. The business model for publishing is book sales. The publishers pay authors advances/royalties and count on writers and authors to provide content for their books. The 3 main functions of publishing houses are the editing of the manuscript, preparation of the manuscript for design, book design, book production, and the marketing and sales of a book.

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Celebrating 31 years
Celebrating 31 years

 

Today the Best Male Cook and I are celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary.

We were married on a hot September Labor Day weekend in Lexington, KY.

Warren is an incredible person and loving father. He owns an old New Braunfels grill of which he is a master (follow my Instagram stories @greenapron to see the holey-grill) and he brews “liquid bread” for all to enjoy.

The fact that we’re celebrating our anniversary doesn’t have a lot to do with cookbooks, specifically, but I do believe there are a few similarities between long-term, committed relationships, and writing and running a business. If you’ll humor me, I’ll expand a little bit.

When I married Warren I made a decision to be married and to stay married to him. I also made a pact with myself: to hold up my end of the bargain to take care of myself and provide for my own happiness. I’ve always known that Warren isn’t here to make me happy. That’s my job and completely within my power. His job is to be here for me to love. And he does that well as a steady, consistent presence in my life.

With my cookbooks, coaching clients, and business I decided to think the same way. I hold up my end of the bargain. In order to cook, be on my feet in a kitchen, write, and manage my business, I take care of myself physically and emotionally. I value health so that I can show up to cook, write, and coach every day. My books and my business aren’t here to make me happy. It’s my job to manage my thoughts and have fun all along the way so that ideas and inspiration and motivation flow and so that I have a happy life, and not wait for the perfect book, clients, or situation to make me happy. Then, the offshoot is that I can write and create and teach from that good-feeling place. In turn, my books help you and you, in turn, can share your value with the world you live in. That’s the awesome, rippling power of making clear decision to do something.

After I decided to be married, I committed to Warren and to the idea of being married. I’m not saying that it was always easy, but it’s certainly been possible. I looked to create the future I wanted. I found friends who are examples of committed relationships. We spent time with them and valued what they did to remain committed. This commitment shut the door on entertaining other options and wow, that freed up so much of my brain power to do other fun things.

In a similar fashion, with my cookbooks, coaching clients, and business, I am committed to them all as well. Once I sign a contract, I finish the book. When a client enrolls in coaching, I show up and stick with them as long as they are gaining benefit from the coaching relationship. I commit to …

Cookbook Author Interview Series: Lori Rice: Decide If You Want To Write A Book Or If You Are Married To An Idea
Cookbook Author Interview Series: Lori Rice: Decide If You Want To Write A Book Or If You Are Married To An Idea

When I introduce these interviews I  try to give readers a little insight into how I know the author I’m interviewing. Here’s the funny thing with Lori: I know her. We’ve met. I follow her on Instagram. We DM each other there, but I for the life of me couldn’t remember exactly who introduced us or how we met. I did recall a few details: we met in Lexington at the Incredible Food Show in the fall of 2011. I was promoting my first cookbook, and Lori lived in the Lexington-area at the time. Beyond that, the details escaped me. So I emailed Lori and told her that I couldn’t remember exactly who introduced us. Could she fill me in? 

Here was her reply: “I think we may have originally met online when the girl who wrote [insert name of a particular blog] (I can’t remember her name) approached me to review your cookbook. Then I think we met in person at the show. Although I can’t remember who introduced us. It might have been J. but I feel like there was someone else showing me around that show and I can’t peg who it was!”  This made me laugh out loud. Neither of us could remember who introduced us! Regardless, Lori is a breath of fresh air and I love her cookbook concept for her cookbooks. Lori now lives in California, is an accomplished photographer, cookbook author, mom to 2 pugs, and is a “liquid bread” expert. Here’s my interview with the lovely Lori Rice.

What is the name of your cookbook?

Food on Tap: Cooking with Craft Beer

What was the publication date?

October 10, 2017

Is this your first cookbook?

Technically, no. Strangely, this is always a tough question for me to answer. My book, The Everything Guide to Food Remedies, published in March 2011. It contains 150 recipes focused on fighting and controlling disease. (I’m a nutritional scientist by education.) Writing it felt a lot like writing my blog, though.

My goal with cookbook writing was to have a book with focused recipes and photography. As a result, I rarely even mention my first book. I didn’t feel like a cookbook author until Food on Tap was published. Plus, I’m also a food photographer. It makes up the largest majority of my work these days. I really wanted to photograph my own book. Once I did, I felt like a part of the industry somehow. Like it solidified things for me professionally.

What compelled you to want to write a cookbook?

I love print. I enjoy the web-based work I do for my food blog and for my clients, but I’ve always liked to hold something in my hands. I’m not sure how to explain it, but personally, it feels like a bigger accomplishment. I feel the same way when I write for magazines. Writing a cookbook seemed like a good fit for my goals.

Do you have a food blog? Was your blog a

July Roundup
July Roundup

I am writing this from an Orlando hotel room. My youngest son and I traveled to Orlando for a basketball tournament at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports. His team, the Kentucky Defenders, finished the tournament on Sunday and placed 3rd out of 52 teams. We’ve had an enjoyable time and even soaked in some of the Disney magic while we were here.

What is my favorite Quote for the Day?
First, think. Second, dream. Third, believe. And finally, dare. ~Walt Disney

What am I celebrating?
I celebrated a birthday in July. We had our children and their friends at our home for dinner. We grilled lamb burgers, and instead of birthday cake enjoyed a key lime pie from a local bakery. I feel good about being 54 and look forward to all the good things this year will bring.

What am I reading?
A Spoon of Blue Thread  by Anne Tyler. Literary Fiction. If you love character development and stories that display family life and relationships with families, Anne Tyler never disappoints. She’s from Baltimore and all her books are set in Baltimore. This book takes many twists and turns, keeping me interested as I read. This was a book I picked up last summer at a “take a book, share a book” shelf at a small hotel in Saugatuck, MI.

What am I learning? 
I do love Instagram. I am learning how to use Instagram more effectively to engage and connect with others rather than using Instagram to get inspired through pretty photos. I’m committing to more IG stories and DMs to connect with real people! Head on over to Instagram to join the fun @greenapron. And, DM me. I’ll DM back. That’s a real connection that we can’t get from just looking at the pretty photos.

What am I letting go of?
Expecting others to behave a certain way before I feel good and have fun. Guess what? People are going to say or do whatever they want to say or do. The good news is, it doesn’t have to affect me or my experience of the world. That’s my job to think thoughts that drive my experience of the world, and not relying on the actions of others to drive my experience. It all begins with how I think about things.

What can I share that you may find helpful?
Think of your best friend. Imagine your best friend sets a new, big goal. You’re so excited for them and cheer them on. Would we ever interfere with their goal or not cheer them on? They’re our friend!

Now, imagine that that best friend is you and that you’ve set a big goal. Here’s the good news: You deserve to treat yourself with the same respect you treat your best friend. You deserve to not let yourself interfere with your big goal.

When we interfere with our own goals it’s called self-sabotage. We self-sabotage our own work toward our goals in one of four ways: …

Cookbook and Food Writing Links Vol. 16
Cookbook and Food Writing Links Vol. 16

It’s time for my monthly Cookbook and Food Writing Links issue. But first, a message about the app I use to save links to articles I want to share in this newsletter.

How do I keep track of the articles? I use Pocket app, or the Chrome extension also called Pocket. Previously known as Read It Later, Pocket manages my reading list of articles. When I want to save a link, I share to Pocket from my iPhone and/or desktop Chrome extension. I can even tag the article. The article link is synced across all devices for reading anywhere. Ads and other screen clutter are removed from the article. The tagging assists with future sort and search. I highly recommend it.

COOKBOOKS
Cooking and Sci-Fi Are the Hot Print Segments This Year So Far

GOOGLE DOODLE
Back in March, I must have missed this Google doodle where for the first time, a cookbook writer was featured in the daily doodle to celebrate her 310th birthday. Hannah Glasse, born in 1708 and an English cookbook writer wrote The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy in 1747. Her popular book hailed 972 recipes and was written in simple and conversational English.

BUSINESS ADVICE
Kathleen Tale, the owner of Tate’s Bake Shop, offers advice for small business owners, that she learned through the opening and eventually loss of her first venture, Kathleen’s Bake Shop. When it comes to starting a small business, she says, count on it being four times harder than you dreamed — perseverance is key, and so is getting up, moving forward, and not staying attached to mistakes and failures. She said she learned the hard way that you can care, but getting too emotional will crush you.”

KITCHEN ARTS AND LETTERS
Food & Drink Bookseller, Kitchen Arts & Letters in NYC writes a nice newsletter and blog. They recently featured their Fall 2018 Notable Cookbooks article as well as a post on Classic Cookbooks People Won’t Even Look At (because of no photos). KAL also notes that in their observation there is a lack of professional pastry books written by women. Home baking, by the way, is ripe with female authors and professional female chefs who write about both savory topics, and home baking, but not professional baking. An opportunity here maybe?

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Cookbook author, editor, and Culinary Dietitian Maggie Green, RDN, LD coaches first-time cookbook authors during the pre-publication phase of writing a cookbook. 

Would you like to write a cookbook, but feel alone in the pre-publication phase of writing?

Are you stuck thinking about your cookbook idea or has you project fizzled?

Do you feel overwhelmed with publishing options and the recipes, photography, and publishing process?

I’ve been

8 Tips from Q2
8 Tips from Q2

It’s the end of the 2nd quarter of the year, and I’m excited about my second 12 weeks of 2018. In early April, I set intentions about how I wanted Q2 to unfold. Here’s what has happened with some advice and tips for you and your business:

1. EVALUATE SOURCES OF FREE TRAFFIC
Look at how your potential customers are driven to your website. Where are they coming from? A lot of my traffic comes from Google searches, but in Q2 I worked to look at other ways to create free traffic such as being a guest on podcasts. Podcast content is evergreen. When you’re a guest, the episode is listened to over and over. I did see results from this with referrals of new clients from the podcasts where I was a guest.

2. START YOUR OWN PODCAST
This is a big one, and something you may want to consider, but, what about starting your own podcast? As of this blog post, I have purchased equipment, received training, hired a producer, scheduled interviews, created artwork, and named my podcast. I plan to record several episodes before the launch. And, if all goes well, I plan to launch in the 3rd quarter. I feel sort of scared about this – adding a piece of marketing that requires constant care and attention and updating, but I figure if I can write books, create recipe content, keep up with a weekly blog, etc., then I can add a podcast to the mix. I also at the same time feel excited to connect with the people who I will interview. I’m doing a podcast that I’d love to listen to, so for now, we’ll leave it at that, and hope that during our Q3 update, I have more specific news to share about how it’s going.

3. CREATE A HIGH-END OFFER
In March I created a high-end offer as a cookbook manuscript manager. The offer worked and I made sales around this offer. The service isn’t for everyone, but, it resonated with a few people on my list. That’s the spirit of a high-end offer. It needed to be of value, solve a problem, and help my customers get closer to their goal of writing a cookbook.

4. AUTOMATION AND ONBOARDING
I worked with my VA to create a streamlined and smooth system for onboarding private coaching clients. This makes the delivery of material for the coaching program easier and allows for very quick delivery of the materials once someone signs a coaching contract. Contracts are sent electronically for signature as well, which streamlines the process.

5. FOCUS ON CUSTOMER SERVICE
This quarter, with a focus on customer service, I decided to add my VA to the customer-service-side of email delivery and answering. I sell digital products, so having my VA monitor the customer service email box, responses are timely and prompt. This feels good and I like knowing that our customers are answered promptly and get their needs met and questions answered.…

Cookbook and Food Writing Links Vol. 15
Cookbook and Food Writing Links Vol. 15

Today it’s time for my monthly roundup of links for cookbooks, writing, and productivity.

TRAVEL AND COOKBOOKS
Research about cookbooks and the stores that sell them has been on my mind lately. If you’re traveling this summer, you may enjoy this list of cookbook shops around the world.

BEST COOKBOOKS
Here’s a list of the best baking cookbooks according to pastry chefs and professional bakers.

And a list of the 25 Best-Selling Cookbooks of All Time.

SELF PUBLISHING
Check out Ingram Spark if you want to self-publish a hard-cover, full-color photography cookbook. With the Ingram distribution behind them, your cookbook can be easily be ordered by bookstores for signing and author events. They also have a podcast called Go Publish Yourself, offer a Pocket Guide to Publishing, and courses on the Ingram Spark Academy.

RESTAURANT TRENDS
Exploring the effect of social media on restaurants and hospitality, and the difference between “casual” restaurants, restaurants change and adapt to movements in technology and the needs of their customers.

PRODUCTIVITY
I’ve always loved mornings. And it seems that Mel Robbins does too. Read Mel Robbins’ approach to working on her goals, first thing in the morning.

WRITING
Here’s an interesting blog post on The Write Life featuring 20 Inspiring Pinterest Boards for Writers.


Cookbook author, editor, and Culinary Dietitian Maggie Green, RDN, LD coaches first-time cookbook authors during the pre-publication phase of writing a cookbook. 

Would you like to write a cookbook, but feel alone in the pre-publication phase of writing?

Are you stuck thinking about your cookbook idea or has you project fizzled?

Do you feel overwhelmed with publishing options and the recipes, photography, and publishing process?

I’ve been there. I know first-hand that there’s not a lot of support for first-time cookbook authors who don’t have an agent or a publisher yet.  That’s why I started my work as a cookbook writing coach.

Here are a few resources for you as you venture into the world of cookbook writing: 

Checklist
An 11-point checklist that helps you answer the question, “Am I Ready to Write a Cookbook?”

Cookbook Writing Workbook

What Is A Cookbook Coach? 

10 Reasons to Hire A Cookbook Coach