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Starting a Personal or Family Cookbook

The idea of creating a cookbook can seem overwhelming, but in reality, creating a cookbook these days is as easy as rounding up ingredients for a recipe. Let’s take a look at the beginning steps of a cookbook.

The best starting point is to obtain a copy of our cookbook guide. This will give you a basic understanding of the different parts of a cookbook. The guide will also give standard options for submitting recipes.

Gather, select, and sort your recipes. There are a variety of ways of doing this, but knowing if you are going with an online submission or sending the recipes to us to type, will give you a starting point. Dividing the recipes into categories as you go, also makes sorting easier.

Set a submission date goal. Having a goal gives you something to work toward. We suggest setting a submission date that is 6 weeks before you want the books in hand. This allows extra time and takes the pressure off. (Books can be completed in as little as 2 weeks with rush processing, but allowing extra time takes pressure off you during the proofing process.)

Call or email questions. In today’s world, a lot of people are surprised when we answer the phone. Don’t hesitate to ask questions. If it’s after hours, write down your question or email it to us right then, so you can get it off your mind and keep working. Then, as soon as we are back in the office, we can discuss the question and get you back on track. As with all technology, there can be glitches. If you do not get a reply in a reasonable time, try contacting us again.

Support, having a trusted friend or family member to confide in, ask to help, or work alongside can make the project a fun adventure. A second set of eyes that knows you, is a valuable tool to spot errors and make suggestions.

Get started today by requesting a free guide online, by email or phone!

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Call: 1-800-383-1679/319-334-8608