There’s a lot thats goes into publishing a book
that I think kind of just gets missed or unnoticed. I say this knowing very well I am in no way an expert, I will probably never be an expert, and as someone who isn’t even half way to completing a first book project.
One— writing a book is awesome
. I mean, you guys know, it’s been a dream for a while now. I’m so very much looking forward to the day when I walk into a store to see it on a shelf. I’m also very much hoping to have a title I like and a cover I like as well! Those things, are rarely (read: apparently almost never) chosen by the author. I have mixed emotions on not being in charge of these things. On one hand, I’m awful at titles (you’ve noticed), on the other, I like to be in control of my own things!
I’ve been asked a few times, whats up with my deadline! Three months to complete a book! That’s crazy. Kind of true. Really, do I need to have it in in three months? No probably not, but in order to have a book out by next spring, I do. Otherwise, we’re looking at a fall to possibly winter release date in 2015. THATS A LONG TIME! I mean, Marlowe would be five by then— if we’re looking at this in mom years. Ha ha. So, I have my August deadline, to have a book out by Spring 2015 (for those who asked). This works for me, because honestly, even if I was given a fall-winter deadline— I would probably push it aside for a few months (aka procrastination) and then bring it back, and push push push forward. I like to be under pressure, I work better this way, so while three months sounds a little bit crazy to pump out 125 recipes/200 something pages of material, it absolutely works for me.
So between mothering, keeping house
, blogging, and planning a trip to india
— I’m also working on one of the bigger projects of my life (book). It’s sometimes stressful, totally sleep depriving, but completely and totally worth it and awesome. The first thing on my to do list, besides comes up with 125 recipes (haha), was create a workspace! I am in no way shape or form a photographer— everything I do, I’m learning for myself— so I turned my craft room into more of an open breathable space and got to work figuring out a proper(isn) photo set up. I tried a few things, moved a few curtains around, and figured out something that seems to be working. Hopefully, right?!
By May 1st, I needed to provide a Table Of Contents. This was pretty easy— I still had a list from my Hawaii days,
of what I would put in a one day book
. My one day book didn’t include 125 recipes— maybe a third of that— but still 125 isn’t impossible considering how much cooking we do. By June 1st, I have to provide a finished chapter (photos, content, recipes, etc). And by August: The entire completed manuscript. Insert: me taking big gulps of wine. (just kidding, maybe
So, when you imagine a book—or you imagine what you want to do, it’s typically pretty easy to create a simple mood board in your head. What gets complicated is how to get across your idea in a way that is understood by others. Does that make sense? (This is my point). So I’m vegan here, that’s no big news or surprise. What’s maybe surprising— and don’t cut my throat on this— is I actually don’t like the term vegan. I like it because it’s pretty understood across the board and pretty searchable (read: easier to find and make connections). But oh man, does that word put you in a box. I’m not a box kind of girl. So try to pitch a book that only includes vegan recipes and then explain you’d prefer not to use the word vegan. I don’t eat meat, dairy, eggs, blah blah blah, so I can say I’m vegan (but I eat honey, os maybe not). Once the word “vegan” is used, you can’t take it back. From the very beginning I wanted a book that was approachable to everyone, yes vegans, but non vegans too. Ask me what my favorite vegan restaurant is. My answer? “I don’t know, I don’t go to them.” I think thats how it works with most people with a more serious approach to food. Not that being vegan, is less serious, but I just don’t think I ever have a reason to eat a fake fried chicken tender thing to feel satisfied. There are other ways to feel satisfied with food. Good flavors, textures, and real food can provide that— vegan
. I’m vegan because I don’t need meat, dairy etc— ever. Not for anything, not to feel satisfied, not for my health, I just don’t need it, so I choose not to eat it. But the same goes for cake. Does that mean I’m anti cake? No, I just don’t need it. In my opinion, You can eat anything you please, just be aware of what you eat and what it does to you and the earth— and then call it a day.
So I want a book for everyone— that happens to be plant-based. Because I whole heartedly believe that plant based/vegan/whatever you want to call it food can be really amazing—- and not just amazing, but really good for you, your family, and the earth! Maybe you don’t want to eat that way all the time, but maybe sometimes you do— so I’m hoping to provide a book that gives those (delicious!) options on those days for those people— and those options for plant-eaters (like myself) — all the time. I like food— a lot. And plants are good, all around, let’s eat more of them!
The second focus of my book is family recipes. I want something that works for someone cooking for themselves on a lazy sunday—- or cooking for a family, late after work. I’m planning lots of one pot meals— and lots of recipes that do in fact have a lot of the same ingredients— but used in plenty of different ways. This not only makes it easy to cook each night— but also brings down the costs of meals— which can be important, no matter how many people you’re cooking for. I never believed in kid meals vs. adult meals. From the moment I could, Marlowe started eating what I ate, just slightly less spiced (heat, not flavor). (Even now) I create meals that I can (very) easily tweak to meet her needs and mine— and Alex’s too. So I don’t want a book of kids recipes—- we all don’t have kids, and I don’t think kid and adult food has to be exclusive to each other— it’s one in the same. I plan on a book of recipes for adults— with a bunch of tricks that can help turn kids into better eaters anddd a lot of suggestions on how to make cooking for your toddler or kid more manageable overall!
It’s been a bit overwhelming at times and I expect to put on a few (more) extra pounds cooking this many extra meals each day—- But it’s also been a good challenge. I really do hope you guys enjoy this labor of love as much as I do.
Oh and yes, there will be bread 😉
Have more questions? Keep emailing, I’ve been enjoying answering these 🙂