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Recipe for Success

Many cooks would like to write a cookbook but we don’t know how to get started, don’t know how much effort is involved and don’t know how much it will cost.  Here is what is involved.

The major effort in writing a cookbook is getting all of the recipes entered, placed in the cookbook in the right location and making a cross-referenced index.  The Cooks Palate makes it simple.  You enter your recipes without regard to where they go in the cookbook.  Once you have entered the recipes, you enter chapter names such as,  appetizers, soups, etc. and click to copy recipes into those chapters, where they are automatically indexed.  For planning purposes, entering a recipe takes 10-15 minutes.  So a 100 recipe cookbook would take about 25 hours or less of data entry depending on your comfort and speed in typing.

Once recipes are in The Cooks Palate software, you can import them into The Publisher to design the manuscript.  It is a very simple process.  The Publisher leads you through a series of steps with a wizard.  It asks you what size the book will be, what kind of binding you desire and the manuscript is automatically created for you.  You are asked what pages to include, such as foreword, acknowledgement, etc.  These pages are placed in your book where you edit them for content.  You can easily insert images on any page.  You can include stories or other content.  A cross referenced index is automatically created, and you can index your recipes several ways.  You can also edit the recipes globally to ensure that you get the font type and size that you prefer.  We offer cover design services for your book, or you can submit your own file. You will end up with a professional manuscript, suitable for printing and resale in bookstores if that is your goal.

After the cookbook is complete, you choose what types of book to actually print by either printing a single style or mixing and matching several combinations.  You can print hard cover, color, coffee table books for the family and soft cover B x W cookbooks to be sold on Amazon and in bookstores.  The main cover choices are hard cover, soft cover and case laminate.  You choose which binding would be best for the book (many prefer wire coil).  Finally, will the book text be black and white, color, or some mix of color with black & white?  Since there are no additional costs for mixing and matching styles, you can print as many variations of the cookbook as you wish.

You can get an estimate the cost of printing your book on our online calculator. If you would like to discuss your project you can reach us at 1-888-238-8377.


Author Inc. Launches The Cooks Palate Blog!

Our blog has been created to discuss book publishing with Cooks Palate authors.   You can subscribe to this blog with RSS or email by using the links provided in the right column of this page.  In appreciation, subscibers will receive a 20% discount coupon for our online store - just in time for holiday shopping.

It's hard to believe that this month is the anniversary of the demise of Gourmet Magazine.  Many of you were first introduced to us in Gourmet in 1996 in our iconic "Publish Your Own Cookbook" campaign and we still hear from most of you today.  If you are using an early version of Cooks Palate, you should know that these versions have been retired and won't work with current Windows versions.  Take advantage of our November Gourmet anniversay upgrade offer to upgrade to the current version for $19.99.  Simply go to the Author Inc Store and use coupon code CPUgrade upon checkout.  Also, remember that Publisher software customers get updates free.  Open The Publisher software and select 'Check For Updates' in the Help Menu.

Would it surprise you to know that The Cooks Palate software is used globally in U.S. embassies, on aircraft carriers, in resorts, in restaurants and in at least one prison? We have published cookbooks for families, churches, cooking instructors, restaurant chefs, innkeepers, vineyards, corporations, charter boats and more.  As we post updates we will share stories of these authors with you so you can see how others realized their book publishing dream.

Some of you have published your books with us using The Cooks Palate Publishing System.  Our system takes an author from recipe development in The Cooks Palate software to manuscript design in The Publisher software, and lastly, to professionally printed library-quality books, distributed by Amazon and other retail outlets.  We were early in embracing print-on-demand books and self-publishing on the Internet.  It is an affordable, author-friendly way to get authors in print with high quality books sold in bookstores.  Our model supports publishing books in other categories including novels, tech manuals, business books and more.  We appreciate your word of mouth referrals and will share some of these stories with you in future posts.

The self-publishing process continues to be misunderstood, making it difficult for aspiring authors to compare options.  This is where our fourteen year experience comes into play.  This blog will help demystify the available options.  Towards that effort, did you know you can contact us to schedule a free, personal consultation for your book project? Just call us at 1.888.238.8377.

Future topics may include best practices for book development, selecting a printer (yes, you do have choices), the best way to distribute your book and everything in between.  In our next post, we will introduce you to author Kathryn R. Kelly and her book Sip, Sizzle, Serve.

So subscribe, comment and be heard.  And just for fun, take a look at our featured author recipes for innovative ideas.  We look forward to the dialog.