Posted June 19, 2017
I wanted to write a post about my cookbook experience since so many of my blog followers and newsletter subscribers have been intimately involved with it becoming a reality, from recipe testing to fundraising to getting the word out. I cannot thank you enough, so I will just keep thanking you. Thank you. 😉
I chose to write and self-publish my book because I knew exactly how I wanted it to look and feel and read. I had a vision, and wasn’t overly confident it would be translated if I used a traditional publisher. So I wrote the book in 2015 and 2106, hired an excellent editor and designer, and raised over $68,000 on Kickstarter to fund its production last summer.
The book turned out beautiful, just what I had imagined it would be. I have received so much positive feedback about the cover and the look and organization of the interior, and have not received one email about someone finding a typo in the book, due to my eagle-eyed editor.
I contracted with a warehouse to store and fulfill my books, and they have been doing an overall great job. Whenever there is a blip with shipping or anything else, I’m the person who gets that email and helps you out. I’m all about customer service, so please do let me know if anything is amiss with your book or shipping. This helps me improve my service.
I’ve sold about six thousand books so far, including those from Kickstarter, which I think is pretty amazing! I don’t do a lot of outside advertising, so I know these sales are coming from word of mouth mostly, since so many of you tell me “I tell everyone about your book and blog!” And from the mentions and shares by my ever supportive network of heavy hitters, like Dr. McDougall, Forks Over Knives, and NutritionFacts.org, just to name a few.
Once my warehouse/fulfillment process was flowing nicely and we worked out any bugs, my next plan was to get my book on Amazon, which I did in March. As challenging as I thought writing the book was, and running the online fundraiser, I have to say that becoming acquainted with Amazon’s rules and set-up is a close third. The process has had me question, many times, whether I am truly an intelligent, fit-to-function-in-everyday-society person. I have since learned that my feelings are shared by many who brave the Amazon waters. I imagine that authors at traditional publishing houses have teams in place just for this set-up (oh, how I envy them).
But I did eventually get my Amazon seller’s account set up so that I could sell third-party (since I already had shipping set up with my warehouse, I did not opt for Amazon to ship my books). Then in May there was an error that originated in the warehouse that, after some days of going unnoticed, caused Amazon to pause my selling privileges. So while my book page is still on Amazon, books cannot be purchased there for now (but they can be from my website for the same price and shipping as was on Amazon). But I will be up and running soon on Amazon again. In the meantime, you can still leave reviews of the book from my Amazon page. Thank you so much for all of your honest and happy reviews so far!
I have also converted the book to Kindle (the book is currently available in PDF/digital form on the website, but this is a little different than what you would use on a Kindle/ereader). I have the Kindle file ready to roll, and am hoping to get that on Amazon as soon as I am able to sell again.
Many people have asked about a second book, and while I do think it’s time to start thinking about one, I haven’t quite gone there yet. If you have any ideas for a great second book, feel free to comment below.
That’s it for now! Thank you again for your support! If you have questions about the book, feel free to leave them below or email me.