Sunday, November 14, 2010

Coming Soon: My Cookbook!

I put the final touches on my cookbook manuscript today.  After renumbering pages, adjusting the margins,  embedding the fonts and graphics and uploading the entire PDF document for the twelfth time, I think I'm done.  I hope that I'm done. 

After several headaches and loud groans this morning, I nearly wanted to give up.  Yet I realize that most of the "technical difficulties" I was encountering are all my fault.  I didn't read the fine print about formatting. 

Do yourself a favor if you ever self-publish: read all the rules carefully beforehand!!!  Then read them again!  You'll save yourself the time and hassle of having to insert new pages and renumber your entire ten-page index that took you three days to create like I did. 

I have spent four to five hours nearly every day for the past month making these finishing edits, rewrites and notes.  As of now, I don't think I can make it any better than what it is. 

The next step is waiting for my wonderful friend Carrie to finish the cover design for me.  She is sprucing up my photo and adding in some vibrant colors to really grab attention.  After that, I make my manuscript into a "print ready file" and hit the "publish" button.  I'm going to order a copy for myself first and test the efficiency of the publisher's ordering and shipping process.  If I don't like it, I will find another site and distributor.

I've been so completely consumed by this book and writing it for over the past month (although the work behind it took a year to compile -- i.e., the recipes, stories, etc).  What will I do when it's all over with?  What will I obsess over then?

Soon will come the waiting.... that may be the hardest part just like Tom Petty says.  But the end is near.  The glorious light is at the end of the tunnel.

I've done it.  I've actually written a book and am going to publish it.  Even though it's a self-publish, I did it.  I've achieved a lifelong dream of mine.  I am overjoyed and thrilled!  The best is yet to come!  And it's coming soon.  Stay tuned....

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