From family recipes passed down the generations to unique creations discover in your own kitchen, have a stack of recipes you love is an amazing feeling. What’s even more amazing than being able to make these delicious recipes for other people? It’s all about sharing your favorites, and doing what you love and are passionate about to make money. If you’re looking for tips and tricks on how to step up your cooking book, keep reading because these are exactly what you need to make your dreams become a reality.
Step One: Put Together Recipes
When you’re looking to make a cookbook, the most important thing are the recipes inside of it. With the advent of the internet, you need to make sure that your cookbook sets itself apart from others, and to do that, you need to have unique recipes. It’s also important that you’re taking beautiful photographs. Food photography is actually quite a bit more different than you may think, so hiring someone isn’t completely off the table. However, if you have a DSLR, it’s best to photograph your recipes right after you cook them, especially in bright morning light. This is a great way to ensure that you’ll get a great photograph, as the flash that comes on the camera usually isn’t right for food photography because it makes the meals look unappetizing, to say the least.
It’s also a good idea to plan out your book after you get your recipes. This means that you’ll want to know where you’re putting everything inside your book, and to create your layout, fonts, and other decorations inside of the book. Doing this will definitely help with the sale of your book, and it’s best to make sure that your book looks as good as you can possibly make it look. You’ll want to do some lessons in layouts, or buy premade ones from the internet. Places like the Microsoft Store have all the tools you need to make your book digitally. There are a ton of tutorials out there that can help you set up and design your book.
Step Two: Find a Publisher
Once you have your book finished, you need to begin your search for a publisher. Because you have designed and layed out your entire book yourself and finished it, you’re more likely to find someone willing to publish it. However when you’re looking for a publisher you must look for ones that are interested in printing books that are about cooking. Many publishers don’t do this, which can become a huge problem. The advent of the internet means that recipes are at the hands of all consumers, and they have to pay less! You’ll be much more likely to succeed in the cooking and recipe book world if you already have somewhat of a following, but it’s not impossible. What you’ll have to do is advertise-and advertise a lot.
If you can’t find a publisher that will publish your book, you should look into self publishing. This is much easier than it sounds, and contacting somewhere like Barnes & Noble , which hosts many self published books on it’s website, is a great way to get started and to get more ideas on how and what to publish.